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, April 16, 2016

Thankful and Hopeful

From a letter from Shane which I received today, dated April 13, 2016:

"I had a rough past week. The CO's (Correctional Officers) tried to steal a new pair of boots my mother ordered for me. I filed a grievance and am waiting to hear what's going on. My first grievance ever, and it's happening at a medium security facility of all places."

"It seems like every other week another person is being exonerated. Ours is coming real soon! Amen! You can imagine how I feel waiting to be notified! (Hallelujah)"

"I am alright and encouraged and ready to get out of here! Can't thank God enough for all of you! Amen!"

We continue to wait for word of a date for the Federal Court hearing. In the meantime, please continue to keep Shane, Paula, Diane and Zion in your prayers.

To drop a note of encouragement to Shane:

Mr. Shane Watson
DIN 93A9384
C/o Otisville Correctional Facility
PO Box 8
Otisville, NY 10963

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