My name is Terrance Lonzell Williams. I have been incarcerated since October 2004 for a murder I did not commit not do I have any involvement in or knowledge of.
Sept. 6, 2004, I was arrested for a CCWMV, plead guilty and as a result received one year probation on Oct. 22. On Oct. 28, I was rearrested, charged, and after 2 trials (one hung jury mistrial), was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison.
Since then my family and I have contacted several individuals and organizations, beginning with WCPO (Wayne County Prosecutors Office) Kym Worthy via e-mail, letters, and by phone; Detroit Police Dept., MSP, FBI agents, NAACP reps and several Innocent Project organizations in and out of state, etc., explaining to them that the evidence in my case has been tampered with, switched, lost, and destroyed between my time of arrest through 2008. But to no avail; we failed to receive any or limited response or assistance.
The State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO) contacted me stating that their office was reviewing all Wayne County shooting cases from 2004 and in light of the problems with the Ballistics Unit of the DPD Crime Lab, my case featured as one that raised serious questions and they reopened my case.
After a lot of empty promises, SADO relied on "the integrity" of the WCPO to investigate into the ballistics evidence, which resulted in them dropping my case.
This shooting/case happened July 2004. The DPD destroyed the firearm (380 auto) in my case in March 2008 according to SADO and Ms. Worthy's office, while I was and still am fighting my case in the appellate courts.
August 2009, at the request of Ms. Worthy's office, MSP was asked to get involved. Ballistic testing conducted by DPD Firearm Examiner (David Pauch) and the "reexamining" of the evidence conducted by the MSP lab were in contradiction. Due to the fact that the firearm was destroyed in 2008, MSP lab could not retest fire the firearm, but could only conduct a reexamination of DPD conclusions/opinions. What DPD Lab concluded was a 380 bullet, MSP lab concluded was a 9mm bullet. F.A.E. Pauch also used a different brand ammunition than that recovered at the crime scene when conducting his test-firing to compare evidence (RP vs. Win) which is said to be "unreliable."
On Oct. 20, 2010, by letter, Ms. Worthy confessed and admitted that the evidence had been switched from new bullets to corroded old bullets and casings. Ms. Worthy's explanation was that the evidence was switched at some point "after trial." My family and I have said this since 2006 after conducting our own study and investigation into the evidence presented against me, i.e. lab report, Wayne County Medical Examiner reports, trial transcripts, and MSP lab analysis reports as spoken of above. (There is so much more involved in this case.)
I really need outside help to manifest my innocence and expose the evil and corruption of the DPD, WCPO, and the injustice and unfairness of the Michigan court system. The courts are not being just, family is fading off and losing hope. I have watched the show "Vindicated" and this is what I need, to be vindicated and exonerated from a murder I have no involvement with, nor do I know anyone involved with it!
All records are at your disposal as this is an ongoing investigation.
Mrs. Erika Williams
Mrs. Nancy Lewis (retired DPD Sergeant)
Terrance L. Williams #511599
Currently located at:
141 First Street
Coldwater, MI 49036