Carl Chatman, who had been sentenced to 30 years (and served 11) after being accused and convicted of a 2002 rape at Chicago's Daley Center, has been released after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him.
Tears streaming down his face, a man who wrongly spent nearly 25 years behind bars was granted a certificate of innocence Monday by a Cook County judge who called the ordeal an "injustice," according to his attorneys.
On the night of April 18, 1990, taxi driver Billy G. Williams, 44, was found dead in his cab, shot in the head on Chicago’s South Side. Two days later, 20-year-old Shawn Whirl was arrested and confessed to the murder. He pleaded guilty and has been in prison ever since.
Staff Attorney, Exoneration Project, and Lecturer in Law
A Seattle native, David B. Owens earned two bachelor’s degrees at the University of Washington—one in Political Science and one in Philosophy. Owens then completed his M.A. in Elementary Education while teaching 6th Grade in Los Angeles as a Teach For America corps member. Owens completed his law degree and an M.A.