News 02.13.07

Willie “Pete” Williams Exonerated in Georgia

Since his release last month from a Georgia prison, Willie “Pete” Williams has been in legal limbo. He was awaiting a court date to find out whether he would be retried for the crime, or fully exonerated because DNA testing has shown that someone else contributed the biological evidence in the rape for which Williams was convicted more than 21 years ago.

That court date came today. At 10:30 this morning, Williams was officially exonerated when the judge granted Williams’ motion and prosecutors stated that they would drop the charges against him. He is the 195th person exonerated by DNA evidence in the United States.



Read the news story here

. (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 02/13/07)


VIDEO: Watch a local news report on this case here

. (Atlanta Channel 11, 02/13/07)


Read more about Willie “Pete” Williams

, the 195th person exonerated through DNA testing.

With Williams today were three Georgia men who have been proven innocent by DNA testing:

Calvin Johnson

, who now serves on the Innocence Project’s Board of Directors,

Robert Clark

and

Clarence Harrison

.



(left to right – Johnson, Clark, Williams and Harrison)


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