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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Now What?

Since the recent denial of our motion to the Appellate Court, the question has been raised as to what is next for Shane's case.

At this writing, here is what is happening:
  • we are preparing to go to Federal Court to seek a new trial. Also, according to a recent ruling, it may be possible to appeal once again to the State court.
  • we have been in contact with Tanzina Vega, a NY Times reporter who specializes in the Bronx court system. Ms. Vega has spoken with Doug Walters, our investigator.
  • Cameron Fegers, a student at Columbia University in NYC has taken a strong interest in the case. Cameron is organizing a demonstration at Columbia on Shane's behalf.

What Can I Do?
  • contact the journalism department of a college or university to see if students might take interest in reporting on Shane's case: the case represents an individual injustice as well as a systemic injustice.
  • share Shane's story and this blog with friends/colleagues
  • write to Shane:
Mr. Shane Watson
Fishkill Correctional Facility
PO Box 1245
Beacon, NY 12508
Thank you,
Will Duchon

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