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Title/ Cover Page Abstract - In 1992, Betty Wilson was wrongfully convicted of her husband's murder. For 26 years she has been imprisoned for a crime she is innocent of. Some highlights of her case include the testimony of a mentally ill man with a battered criminal and mental history. The account of her intimate lifestyle being put on trial because the prosecution had little evidence (A rich white lady in Alabama had an affair with a black man in an open marriage). Her twin sister was tried for the exact same crime, with the exact same evidence and was acquitted because the forensic evidence didn't corroborate the story being told by the MENTALLY ILL CRIMINAL (who would've thought). Lastly, after the conviction the mentally ill man wrote on a sworn affidavit that Betty Wilson had nothing to do with the crime and that he was doing what he was told to do. After being threatened with the death penalty, under oath, he plead the fifth to save himself and Betty Wilson still sits in prison to this day. Over the past few months I have researched the case thoroughly, the research gathered is to shine a light on the innocence of Betty Wilson. Introduction and Statement of the Issue - Several months ago I was binge watching Forensic Files on HLN and came across a striking case that at first just seemed off. After watching the show, I looked a little more into the case and thought that she eventually would either have evidence linking her to the murder and remain imprisoned or she would have successfully appealed her decision, and either been freed or given a new trial. What transpired was months long worth of research and an unbelievable conclusion that the State of Alabama has imprisoned Betty Wilson for a crime she is innocent of the last 27 years and will keep her there until she dies. - What is the issue? o What have we learned about justice Right to a fair trial Innocent until proven guilty Guilty beyond reasonable doubt Limitations of Study - Indicate as soon as possible what you intend to do, and what you are not going to attempt. You may limit the scope of your paper by any number of factors, for example, time, personnel, gender, age, geographic location, nationality, and so on. o Search for smoking gun o Intent to present as little bias and focus on fact finding and explain why it is hard No credibility from witnesses testimony Presenting a miscarriage of justice is hard not to bias Methodology Literature Review - No trial transcripts
- By Two and Two o Trial Focus - Killer For Hire o Aftermath Focus - Forensic Files- The Wilson Murder o Forensic analogy o Dr. Sperry - On The Case With Paula Zahn- Twin Killings o Aftermath of Case o Focus on affairs and lifestyle - Articles & News o ThoughtCo reprinted from Old Huntsville Magazine One of the few non-biased print materials - Appeals Records Main Body/ Thesis - Growing Up - Before the Crime o Helping of James White/ Conning o Alcoholics Anonymous Deception & Cussing Out o Call to Shelby Police o Possible Stalking - The Crime - Investigation o Car o

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