Home at Last – Derrick Williams’ Exoneration

Alejandra de la Fuente — April 6, 2011 @ 12:50 PM — Comments (2)

Where do you start to describe the emotions of the last week? For Derrick Williams, his family and the staff at IPF, the descriptions begin with joy, quickly turning to consternation, then determination and then back to joy and elation as Derrick became the 13th Florida DNA exoneree and the 268th nationwide.

One week ago today we learned that Judge Marc Gilner had issued his ruling and overturned Derrick’s convictions. Within 24 hours, our joy was crushed as we learned the State Attorneys Office had decided to appeal the ruling. You can read Seth’s blogs about these events, here, here and here. However, yesterday – Monday April 4th – there was an amazing turn of events. We received a phone call from the SAO telling us that they had decided not to appeal and they were dropping all charges. That meant Derrick would be released immediately. However, he was at Hardee Correctional Institution – a 6.5 hour drive from Tallahassee.

Derrick was released on Monday night from Hardee and an 18-year long nightmare into the arms of his family, particularly his son and grandson, with his attorneys at his side. You can read more about his release here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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  1. i was released through DNA on April 28, 2010 after 18 1/2 years in prison. There will be times thaat you will be mad at the world but remember that you have the best years ahead of you. Take it one day at a time and try not to overdue the thanks to everyone there may be some that will not believe you but with the support of family and friends you can be victorious over any negativity that may still be out there. All I can say is WELCOME HOME

     Frank Sterling — April 10, 2011 @ 11:04 am
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