Skip to comments.Innocent man imprisoned for 27 years is free to sing national anthem at Tampa Bay Rays game
Posted on 07/18/2012 1:34:52 PM PDT by Ron C.
While serving 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, William Dillon never thought he'd hear the crack of a bat again, much less sing the national anthem at a big league ballpark. Yet that's exactly what the con-turned-crooner will do Wednesday night in Tampa, Fla.
Dillon, who was freed in 2008 after being wrongfully imprisoned for a brutal 1981 murder in Florida's Brevard County, will belt out the Star Spangled Banner at Tropicana Field before the Rays take on the Cleveland Indians tonight. For the budding country singer, who plays with a band made up of exonerated former prisoners, it promises to be a high note in a saga with plenty of lows.
To come from where I came from, without hope, to tonight, to be singing the national anthem
its just indescribable, Dillon, 52, told FoxNews.com. Its a miracle in its own right. I just hope its not so emotional for me that I cant sing the song.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
And most of that 5 million taken from law enforcement and prison funding - just to keep them more ‘on their toes’ so to speak.
Strting the Name That Band contest!
? Free At Last ?
? Dinnitdooit ?
It would be an absolute living nightmare to be sent away for life for a crime you never did.
What is so frustrating is that no one in law enforcement would listen to the man.
It is for that reason that I think those involved with putting him in prison should be the ones that should pay and pay big for restitution.
One previous similar threads I’ve noticed a segment of FReepers with a pathological hatred of the “Innocence Project” (probably because they hate the perceived implications for the death penalty of cases like this) - but the case was an utter trainwreck:
There are a lot of ‘hells’ on Earth. One of them is being innocent in Prison.
You are right about that... yet, if THEY found themselves in prison for life, and innocent of the crime they were charged with - you can bet they would turn there for help!
Taking millions from prison funding would only serve to worsen the conditions in prison. It would do nothing to help this man or to punish those responsible for putting him behind bars.
Unfortunately, only about 200 people will be there to hear it.
Thanks for the link. There’s no reason this man should have gone to trial initially, unless you give bonus points for the fact the lead investigator had sex with the guy’s girlfriend during the investigation.
Thank goodness Capital Punishment did not apply in this case.
I'd be curious about IP's case files where they found out that the perp was definitely guilty. I bet there's a lot.
Especially Dillon’s girlfriend! Sleeping with the lead investigator. Good grief. They should both have to pay big time restitution.
Law enforcement didn’t know how to store DNA back in the ‘80’s to preserve it for 30 years. Even if this was the accused’s own blood cells, they would have deteriorated so much that they would yield a negative result now.
We have to store DNA at -70 degrees C (in liquid nitrogen) just to keep it for a decade or two.
They haven’t proven this man’s innocence.