My name is Will Duchon. I live in Stratford, CT.

In 2003 I encountered Mr. Shane Watson, who is currently serving a 25 year to life sentence for second-degree murder. After careful review of the case transcripts, police reports, trial transcripts and other documentation, it became clear to me that Shane is not guilty of this crime. His case is an example of flawed "eyewitness" testimony, an incredibly flimsy prosecution, and essentially a travesty of justice. Shane is 50 years old, and has been in prison since 1993.

I followed up my suspicions about the case with Dr. Jennifer Dysart, currently a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. Her SUMMARY confirmed my suspicions.

Along with some dedicated friends from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY, Monroe Congregational Church in Monroe, CT, the fine attorney Robert Boyle of New York City, and our dedicated investigator Doug Walters of Chicago, I am seeking to have Shane's conviction overturned so that ultimately, he will be free to enjoy his life.

This blog is simply a way to share Shane's story as well as new and current information regarding his case. I encourage you to read the posts that describe the details of his case. It is also an opportunity to learn about how flawed the criminal justice system is.

For details of the Shane Watson case, please read the SUMMARY by our investigator, Doug Walters.

Thank you for visiting.

Shane Watson's mailing address:

Mr. Shane Watson

93A 9384

PO Box 8

Otisville, NY 10963

Saturday, January 31, 2015

What's Happening With Shane's Case?

I received an email this morning from our friend Doris Kersten in Pleasantville, NY, wondering what is going on with Shane's case right now. This prompted me to write this update.

We are now awaiting a decision from the NY State Appellate Court. Our attorney, Robert Boyle, filed a motion on August 21, 2014 to the appellate court, asking that Judge Richard Price's denial of our previous motion be overturned. Essentially, this means that Mr. Boyle officially requested that Shane's conviction be vacated, or that Shane at least be given a new trial, based on our new evidence and the overwhelming evidence already in place which supports Shane's innocence.

Now all we can do is wait for the appellate court to render a decision. Typically, these decisions are delivered within six months of the petition, so presumably we should be hearing something by mid-February.

In the meantime, please feel free to write to Shane and show your support:

Mr. Shane Watson
DIN 93A9384
c/o Fishkill Correctional Facility
PO Box 1245
Beacon, NY 12508
Thank you,
Will Duchon

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