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

Monday, February 8, 2016

Write to the new Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark

The Bronx has a new District Attorney. Her name is Darcel D. Clark.

According to our friend Alice Wagner of NYC, "it looks like the new Bronx DA is working to fight against corruption in the correctional system.  She seems to be addressing and publicizing a first exoneration.  This might be a good time to reach out (If you have not already) with letters or press or getting numbers from an online petition to her or press.  (Not that this is a new thought…only a new audience.)  The iron seems somewhat hot.  

If you are so inclined, please write to DA Clark on behalf of Shane, requesting that she review the case via this blog.

The Office of the Bronx County District Attorney

198 E. 161st Street

Bronx, New York 10451

On January 1, 2016, Associate Justice Darcel Denise Clark became the 13th District Attorney for Bronx County and the first African-American woman to hold the office in New York State.
Prior to her election, Ms. Clark served as an Associate Justice for the NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, and as a Justice of the NYS Supreme Court, Bronx County as well as a Judge of the Criminal Court in Bronx and New York Counties, spending more than 16 years on the bench.
A native Bronxite who was raised in NYCHA’s Soundview Houses, and is a product of the New York City public school system, District Attorney Clark graduated from Truman High School before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College, where she was the first recipient of the University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Scholarship.   D.A. Clark then attended the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where she served as Class President for each of her three years in law school.
After earning her law degree at Howard, District Attorney Clark returned home in 1986 to begin her legal career at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney.  After trying many cases as a prosecutor, including drug felonies, violent crimes and homicides, D.A. Clark served as a Supervising ADA in the Narcotics Bureau and eventually became the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau.  In 1999, she left the Office to accept her first judicial post.

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