Extreme Injustice: A Presentation by Exoneree William Dillon
At Tallahassee Community College
Tallahassee, FL (November 10, 2014) — On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the sixth anniversary of his release from prison, exoneree William Dillon will present a talk at Tallahassee Community College in the Center for Workforce Development Ballroom. Dillon will be joined by Attorney Seth Miller, Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Florida. This event begins at 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
On November 18, 2008, William Dillon was freed from prison after 27 years when post-conviction DNA testing demonstrated his innocence of a 1981 murder. At the time of his release, Dillon’s 27 years was the longest time served by any of the DNA exonerees nationwide. He is the third man to be exonerated in Brevard County in recent years.
The State’s case against Dillon was based largely on the testimony of four key witnesses — an admitted perjurer, a fraudulent dog scent expert, a snitch whose charges were dropped in return for his testimony, and a half-blind eyewitness — as well as a t-shirt worn by the killer, which revealed through DNA testing that Dillon was not the murderer.
In March 2012, the State of Florida awarded Dillon $1.35 million ($50,000 for each year he spent wrongfully imprisoned), and he received a formal apology from Governor Rick Scott. “On behalf of the state of Florida, I apologize for what’s happened to you,” Scott said. On the Today Show, Dillon told Ann Curry, “I’m very blessed. It’s beyond anything anybody can really imagine.”
Today, Dillon has taken up professionally the music that helped him to survive as an innocent man in prison. He has been compared by many to Johnny Cash, and his single, “Black Robes and Lawyers” is available for download on iTunes. Most recently, William Dillon’s story was optioned by the Motion Picture Corporation of America. For more information, contact Marianne Salcedo at the Innocence Project of Florida at 850-350-1004.