In TN woman wrongly convicted and imprisoned in 1988 for rape, murder of child set free

By Mariah Timms . . . A Nashville judge has overturned the convictions of two Nashvillians convicted in the late 1980s death of a child.

They were innocent, she said.

Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton on Thursday morning filed an order vacating the murder and child rape convictions against Joyce Watkins and Charles Dunn.

“In short, the evidence in this case supports the claim that Joyce Watkins and Charlie Dunn are innocent and were convicted of crimes they did not commit,” Dalton wrote.

The pair were convicted in the brutal rape and murder of a young child, a relative of Watkins. They received lengthy prison sentences.

Dunn died in custody years later.

Last year, a new investigation by the Tennessee Innocence Project concurrent with a report on the case from the District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit brought the case back to court with claims of the actual innocence of Watkins and Dunn.

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  1. Tim in WI

    Another American convicted without real evidence. Yet, the jury was convinced of her guilt without real evidence. Accusations and innuendos are enough. America will not survive if even fair trials are not being had by the people. I doubt the prosecutor will be held accountable.

  2. Perry P.

    An Innocent man had to die in Prison, before the Lady convicted with him was set free by Evidence that was on Their Side to begin with. I sincerely hope the families of both people sue the hell out of the Prosecutor, Judge, Jury, and The State and get Millions. Lord knows they deserve it!!

  3. Mike

    You know most of the people in the US believe that cops don’t lie nor lawyers or judges don’t lie and if your arrested then you must be guilty, what? Both statements are a complete LIE. News flash every single person in this entire world lies. Just like the lady in the story I’m innocent w/no evidence because there was no crime. I was trying to stop someone from commiting suicide(so I thought). there were no pictures exchanged no sexual talk of any kind and I nor the other person never said things like ” I wanna touch you here or there neither did he but I got arrested and convicted. My attorney told me ” Who do you think the jury will believe a police officer or you arrested for a sex crime, I believed that the moment the jury hears what the case is about, they’ve already have you guilty before the trial.