Free Me: Dewon Williams Story
Organized by: sharifa stewart
Hello Everyone, I am asking for help for my brother Dewon Williams. He was convicted of murder and given a life sentence unfairly. At the time, he was 19 years old. On the day the incident occurred, Dewon and my sister was ambushed by perpetrators while visiting the local grocery store. They were beaten by the perpetrators with pipes and bats. They totaled my brothers vehicle he was driving in - all in broad daylight! My brother did practice self defense by obtaining a gun and with one shot, did kill one of the perpetrators. However, it was a warning shot that was not intended to kill the individual. During the trial, there was one witness, a known neighborhood drug addict who testified against my brother! And worst yet, the jury believed this person. I believe the prosecuting attorneys just wanted to remove another black male off the streets, and wasn't concerned about the truth. How in the world, can there be just one witness in broad day light, at a grocery store, during late afternoon hours. It was rumored that allegedly, this drug addict received money for their testimony. Our family inquired about this and talked to my brother's court appointed defense attorney, (who by the way was a retired prosecuting attorney). He explained to us that it didn't matter if the witness received funds for their testimony and this was not relevant to the case. During trial, my brother stood up in court in front of the judge and requested another court appointed attorney, and the judge refused his right to seek trusting counsel and with a demeaning tone told my brother to "sit down". He was forced to use an attorney he felt in his heart and saw with his eyes, wasn't doing his job in defending him. In fact, the court appointed attorney on many occasions was agreeing with the prosecuting team! The jury found my brother guilty of murder in the first degree. In the state of Michigan, murder in the first degree is an automatic life sentence. The jury never found out that the key witness was a crack addict and that she was allegedly receiving money for her testimony. My brothers defense attorney never addressed this during trial. This witness lied. It was a fact that she changed her report that was given to the police . During trial, she had a different story. If anyone can find it in your heart to help, on behalf of our family, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you can't give funds, advice or people you know, or any kind of resources to help is welcomed. Please send this info to FreeMeDewonWilliams@gmail.com.