Press Conference Regarding Derrick Williams’ Innocence

Alejandra de la Fuente — July 28, 2010 @ 1:07 AM — Comments (1)

Once again, IPF attorneys Seth Miller and Melissa Montle are onto a wrongful conviction.  DNA test results proving the innocence of Derrick Williams who had been convicted of an August 1993 kidnapping and rape in Palmetto, Manatee County, FL were released by a Fairfield, Ohio laboratory on Monday, July 26, 2010.  In addition to that, the IPF has unveiled other factors plaguing Williams’ case, including witness misidentification, the damaging and destruction of the evidence while it was under the care of Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MSO), and the MSO’s denial of that neglection to the press (IPF Press Release).  The following is a round-up of the press conference held on July 27, 2010 in regards to this development:

DNA test on evidence could overturn 1993 rape conviction of Palmetto man (Herald Tribune)

DNA used to contest Palmetto man’s conviction in 1992 rape (The Tampa Tribune)

Attorneys:  DNA evidence exonerates inmate (MyFOX Tampa Bay)

Innocence Project demands release of Palmetto convict (Bradenton Herald)

Innocence Project says man convicted of rape should be freed (ABC Action News)

Innocence Project out to free Manatee man (BayNews 9)

Is convicted rapist innocent?  Attorneys say DNA proves it (WTSP 10 News)

Will new evidence set Manatee County man free? (ABC 7)

Group says DNA proves Palmetto man didn’t rape woman in 1992 (Tampa Bay Online)

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