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

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dog Days of Waiting and Hoping

We continue to wait for a court date before Judge Shira Scheindlin of the Federal Court in NYC. Waiting is something instinctive for Shane and those that support him. The system moves very slowly, by nature (particularly for those who are poor or of very limited means), but Shane's latest letter to me sounds hopeful, as usual.

Having been granted a hearing before Judge Scheindlin is a major win, and indicates to the Federal court that our case has merit at least worth considering. We who have been close to the case from the beginning know very well that there is no question of Shane's innocence, but ultimately it is the opinion of the court that will decide whether or not Shane will be exonerated. So we remain hopeful and patient.

As always, I encourage anyone and everyone to send Shane a letter of encouragement. If you feel hesitant to do so, my advice is to just start writing! A simple correspondence from someone on the outside provides hope and means much more than you might expect:

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

NOTE: Envelopes MUST have return addresses or they will not be delivered.

Zion Watson, Paula and Shane's son.

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