William Dillon to Speak at Rotary Club Event in West Palm Beach, Florida

Ryan — April 28, 2009 @ 9:05 AM — Comments (2)

William Dillon to Speak at Rotary Club Event in West Palm Beach, Florida
Mr. Dillon Spent 27 Years in Prison Before DNA Testing Proved His Innocence

William Dillon, who was wrongfully convicted of a 1981 murder and served 27 years behind bars before DNA evidence demonstrated his innocence, will be speaking at a Rotary Club event in Wellington, Florida, on Thursday, April 30. In November 2008, The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) worked to obtain DNA testing that proved Mr. Dillon’s innocence. Since his exoneration, Mr. Dillon has become an advocate for criminal justice reforms and has spoken on previous occasions about the harrowing experience of serving out his wrongful incarceration.

“Mr. Dillon is being awfully brave by sharing his story with other people,” said Seth Miller, Esq., Executive Director of IPF. “You can see when he speaks that it’s not easy for him. It is a traumatizing experience to be locked up for so long for something you know you didn’t do.”

When DNA testing showed that Mr. Dillon could not have contributed the DNA found on a crucial piece of physical evidence, his murder conviction was overturned. One month later, the State announced they would drop the charges against Mr. Dillon. Mr. Dillon’s 27 years in prison equals the longest time served before a DNA exoneration.

IPF worked with Mr. Dillon’s public defender, Michael Pirollo, Esq., to obtain DNA testing. Ms. Montle, a Staff Attorney for IPF who worked on Mr. Dillon’s case, will be joining him at the event.

“I’m really proud of Bill for coming out and doing something like this,” said Ms. Montle. “He knows how important it is to reform the system to prevent wrongful convictions from happening. Since he was released, he has been tirelessly working to help solve this tragic problem in America’s criminal justice system.”

The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding and freeing innocent people in Florida prisons.

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More Information About the Event:

April 30th, 6:30 PM

Binks Forest Golf Club
400 Binks Forest Dr
Wellington, FL

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  1. I knew this family when they lived in California. They are a very close family and welcomed me to participate in many of their family outings. I have such good memories of them. Debbie and I lost touch years ago, but I’m so grateful that her dad and the rest of the family had so much patience teaching me how to water ski.

    When this story of Bill hit the news, I knew it had to the same Dillon’s. Years ago Debbie had wrote me about what happened to Billy. It is heart breaking what they have all had to go through but held together as a family. I’m very happy for the Dillon family. Bill has such a fantastic attitude especially after all that has occurred. I wish him all the best in life and all the freedom to do what ever he wants. Please send my message to the whole family with love from a long ago friend. Please pass off my email address. Thanks

     Kim Robinson — August 2, 2009 @ 9:58 pm
  2. Hello,
    I just watched Paula Zahn interview Bill Dillon. I myself am going through torment over my son being in prison.

    Any chance to get a word from Bill? If you could please pass this on to him it would sooo be appreciated.

    Crystal, hospice nurse in Ohio.

     Crystal Campbell — June 2, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

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