By John Grisham
In the key league draft of 1971, the 1st participant selected from the nation of Oklahoma used to be Ron Williamson. while he signed with the Oakland A’s, he stated so long to his fatherland of Ada and left to pursue his goals of massive league glory.
Six years later he used to be again, his desires damaged by means of a nasty arm and undesirable habits—drinking, medicinal drugs, and ladies. He started to express indicators of psychological affliction. not able to maintain a role, he moved in along with his mom and slept twenty hours an afternoon on her sofa.
In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was once raped and murdered, and for 5 years the police couldn't clear up the crime. For purposes that have been by no means transparent, they suspected Ron Williamson and his good friend Dennis Fritz. the 2 have been ultimately arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.
With no actual proof, the prosecution’s case used to be equipped on junk technological know-how and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was once came upon accountable and given a existence sentence. Ron Williamson was once despatched to loss of life row.
If you think that during the USA you're blameless until eventually confirmed in charge, this publication will surprise you. when you think within the demise penalty, this booklet will disturb you. if you happen to think the felony justice process is reasonable, this e-book will infuriate you.
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Extra resources for The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (John Grisham)
He professed his innocence, claimed humans have been telling lies approximately him, and at one aspect acknowledged, “Mother knew i used to be at domestic that evening. ” He was once finally lower back to the penitentiary, and the listening to endured. Barney Ward and Greg Saunders had asked separate trials, they usually pressed not easy in this factor. Saunders specially sought after his personal jury with out the bags of a co-defendant like Ron Williamson. pass judgement on Jones agreed and ordered separate trials. He additionally broached the difficulty of Ron’s psychological competency, telling Barney in courtroom that the problem had to be handled earlier than the trial. Ron was once eventually arraigned, entered a proper plea of now not in charge, and went again to reformatory. The Fritz case used to be now on a special music. pass judgement on Jones had ordered a brand new initial listening to as the nation had awarded so little facts opposed to Dennis on the first one. The specialists didn’t have adequate witnesses. often, a prosecution without difficult facts may fear the police, yet no longer in Ada. not anyone panicked. The Pontotoc County reformatory used to be jam-packed with power snitches. the 1st one they discovered for Dennis Fritz was once a occupation petty legal named Cindy McIntosh. Dennis have been strategically moved to a telephone towards Ron so the 2 may well speak. Their feud used to be over; Dennis had confident him that he had now not confessed. Cindy McIntosh claimed she acquired shut sufficient to listen to the 2 speak, then notified the police that she had the products. in accordance with McIntosh, Fritz and Williamson mentioned a few photos submitted throughout the first initial listening to. Ron wasn’t there, in fact, and he used to be fascinated about what Dennis had obvious. The images have been of the crime scene, and Ron requested Dennis, “Was she [Debbie Carter] at the mattress or at the ground? ” the ground, Dennis answered. This, to the police, was once transparent evidence that either males have been within the condo and dedicated the rape and homicide. invoice Peterson used to be speedy confident. On September 22, he filed a movement so as to add Cindy McIntosh as a witness for the kingdom. the following snitch used to be James Riggins, even though his profession as such was once short-lived. Hauled again from felony to stand fees in Pontotoc County, Riggins used to be being again to his telephone one evening while he handed one other cellphone. within, he heard an individual, possibly Ron, admitting that he killed Debbie Carter, that he had rape fees up in Tulsa, and that he might beat the homicide rap similar to he’d walked at the rapes. Riggins wasn’t transparent who Ron was once doing all this confessing to, yet within the snitching international such information weren't vital. a few month later, Riggins replaced his brain. In an interview with the police, he stated he was once wrong approximately Ron Williamson, that during truth the guy he heard doing the confessing was once Glen Gore. CONFESSIONS have been contagious in Ada. On September 23, a tender drug addict named Ricky Joe Simmons walked into the police division and introduced he’d killed Debbie Carter and desired to discuss it. Dennis Smith and Gary Rogers had no difficulty finding a video recorder, and Simmons started his tale. He admitted that he had abused medicines for years, his favourite being a house brew known as crank, which integrated, between many parts, battery acid.