For Immediate Release Press Advisory
March 14, 2011
Seth Miller, Esq.: 202.341.2127
Three-Day Hearing in Innocence Case in Bradenton, FL
Innocence Project Attorney’s Litigate for New Trial for Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams’ attorneys from the Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) will litigate a motion to vacate his conviction based on new DNA test results that demonstrate Mr. Williams’ innocence of a 1993 Palmetto, Manatee County, Florida kidnapping and rape. Additonally, IPF attorneys will litigate a claim that the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office destroyed key evidence from Derrick Williams’ case, along with evidence from at least 3,600 other cases, in violation of Florida and federal law. Derrick Williams has been wrongfully incarcerated for over eighteen years.
The evidentiary hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday March 16, 2011, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The hearing is located in Courtroom 4A, in front of Judge Marc Gilner, in the new Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL.
The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding and freeing innocent people in Florida prisons. IPF represents Derrick Williams for free, including all costs associated with DNA testing and litigation. IPF’s website is www.FloridaInnocence.org.
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