Courts & Crime

Florida's Innocence Project demands release of convict Derrick Williams

BRADENTON — Dozens of relatives of Derrick Williams, incarcerated since 1993, met outside the Manatee County Courthouse this morning after The Innocence Project of Florida reopened his case, saying new DNA tests show he is not guilty of a 1992 kidnapping and rape.

Tawanda Means, Williams' niece, spoke on behalf of the family, stating they are overjoyed and wait for the day Williams will be cleared of the charges and released from prison. They continue to rely on their faith, she said.

"He doesn't want to sit there," said Means. "He’s been saying he’s innocent the whole time. Bad things sometimes happen to good people."

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