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The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
The Innocent Man Murder and Injustice in a Small Town Author:John Grisham In the major-league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big-league glory. — Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits -- drinking, drugs and women. He began... more » to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept 20 hours a day on the sofa.
In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend, Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with murder.
With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Fritz was found guilty and received a life sentence; Williamson went to death row.« less