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Man wrongly convicted of murder walks free after three decades

Andrew Leander Wilson is a free man after spending 32 years behind bars for a murder he said he did not commit.

Wilson was arrested in 1984 for the stabbing and killing of Christopher Hanson in Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported.

Wilson, now 62, denied that he stabbed Hanson and was released last week after a judge ordered him freed. 

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Prosecutors admitted that Wilson did not have a fair trial, The AP reported

Wilson had been offered a plea deal but declined it because he said he was innocent, KABC reported.

The only eyewitness to the murder was the victim’s girlfriend, Saladena Bishop and her statement was secured weeks after the murder.

It was also discovered that the prosecution suppressed evidence that she had filed a false report accusing another man of raping her according to research by Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent, The AP reported

The district attorney’s office said it will not retry Wilson, but a hearing is set for May to determine if he was innocent. If it is found that he was, he could claim compensation. 

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  • What’s with all the comparisons? The comparisons between Georgia and Alabama are being tossed around left and right these days. What with both teams undefeated, holding court in the top four and commanding the SEC, there is more to compare than just Kirby Smart and Nick Saban. But now eight weeks into the season and there is only one common opponent the two share: Vanderbilt. And just what did Vandy head coach Derek Mason have to say in regards to which of the two, Georgia or Alabama, is the better team? Well, Mason went with the Tide. “Having played both teams, Alabama’s the better team, just in my mind,” Mason said during Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “I think where the difference is in Alabama’s secondary… Alabama’s just a purely dominant defense right now.” via GIPHY Interesting. So, let’s rewind shall we? Alabama played Vanderbilt on Sept. 29 in Nashville. Not even going to lie, ‘twas ugly. A 59-0 shutout for the Tide and sure enough what Mason said was true, Alabama completely dominated on defense. Vanderbilt was held to 38 passing yards (yes, only 38) and 40 yards on the ground (yes, only 40). Fast forward to when Georgia played Vanderbilt on Oct. 7 and the Bulldogs took a crack at the Commodores. Georgia won handily 45-14 and while the numbers defensively were still solid all around, it wasn’t what Vanderbilt saw against Alabama. This is by no means taking away Georgia’s performance against Vandy, it’s just a snapshot of the reasoning which could have possibly led Mason to his conclusion of choosing Alabama over Georgia when presented with the question. Vanderbilt put together a 172-yard passing day against Georgia and the Bulldogs held the Commodores to just 64 rushing yards. And while there is no mistaking these numbers, there is also no ignoring the Alabama defense and what it was able to do in Nashville. Only 78 yards of total offense for Vanderbilt when the Tide rolled into town, no wonder Mason chose Alabama. But (and there is a very big but) Alabama and Tennessee are set to kickoff this weekend. Georgia recorded a shut out of its own against Tennessee not too long ago, playing some of its best defense all year, and dare I say, the best defense of recent years. So, once this weekend is said and done, will Butch Jones side with Mason on who has the edge, Georgia or Alabama? Or will he say something different? Honestly, regardless of what happens in Tennessee this weekend, we really won’t know who “has the edge” until the two meet on the field, and maybe, just maybe, we will see that happen. And maybe, we will put the comparisons to rest. I mean, hey, even Mason is doing it too so don’t feel too bad. “Georgia is being built like Alabama,” Mason said. “It looks very, very similar.” Georgia is rackin’ up You’ve already heard about inside linebacker Roquan Smith being named to the Associated Press midseason All-American first team. And Sports Illustrated’s midseason All-American team.. and ESPN’s.. and Sporting News’. But it isn’t just Smith getting a little recognition now that we are all halfway through the 2017 season. It was announced yesterday that Kirby Smart was to be added to the list of 20 coaches on the watch list for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year award. Former Georgia head coach Mark Richt is also one of the 20 coaches being recognized during the midway point along with Nick Saban. Richt and Saban are both currently leading Miami and Alabama to an undefeated seasons as well. It might come as little surprise to DawgNation seeing as Smart is currently reigning over the No. 3 team in the country as one of only eight teams that remain undefeated. However, its not just Smart being recognized. Sports Illustrated ranked defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as the second-best coordinator in its midseason awards published on Tuesday. Tucker follows Don Brown at Michigan for the top spot. Smart was also mentioned as the number three pick in the same standing for “Best Coaching Job”. Bruce Feldman wrote next to Smart’s name “his defense is nasty,” another nod to Tucker. Mark Schlabach of ESPN also chose Smart as “Coach of the Year”, bringing emphasis to the fact that Georgia is batting a thousand in the red zone, putting points on the board in all 23 of its red zone appearances. But don’t expect to hear anything from Smart on these midseason honors. When asked about the hype surrounding Georgia’s season, Smart is always quick to say that no one remembers who was winning at 50 meters in a 100-meter race, you remember the one who wins at the end. I would expect the same response if asked about his midseason accomplishments too. It isn’t just football While the spotlight is very much on Georgia football at the moment, I think it’s OK to take a break and talk about a couple other Georgia sports getting some preseason love. Basketball update In Georgia basketball news, Yante Maten was named as the co-SEC Preseason Player of the Year on Wednesday morning at this year’s SEC Basketball Media Days. Maten shares the honor with Robert Williams from Texas A&M and Michael Porter Jr. from Missouri. Late in the season last year, Maten went down with a knee injury. However, even with missing four games in his junior year, Maten was still fourth in the SEC in scoring, averaging around 18 points a game. He was also ninth in the conference in rebounds, averaging nearly nine rebounds a game. This announcement comes after an off-season where fans were not really sure if Maten would return to Georgia for his senior year. Maten worked out with at least two NBA teams before finally announcing his plan to remain at Georgia for his final year. OK, it isn’t just basketball, either It has been a busy, and productive, fall season for Georgia men’s tennis coming off a Final Four appearance back in May at the NCAA Tennis Tournament. The team returns its entire starting roster from the 2016-2017 season for the current season, and recently the men’s team has been flexing its experienced strength. On Monday, Walker Duncan took home the singles championship at the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Regional. On Tuesday, the No. 2 doubles team in the country, according to the Oracle/ITA preseason rankings, of Jan Zielinski and Robert Loeb brought in the doubles championship in the same tournament. The duo of Loeb and Zielinski defeated Florida’s team of Andy Andrade and McClain Kessler in the semifinal match before facing, and defeating, fellow Florida tandem of Oliver Crawford and Chase Perez-Blanco. And because of their performances at the ITA Southeast Regional tournament Duncan, Loeb and Zielinski all receive an automatic entry at the 2017 Oracle/ITA Fall National Championship to be held in Palm Desert, Calif. at the beginning of November. Dawgs on social Face full of shoulder pad. #ATD pic.twitter.com/G2t4MZ4OaH — Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) October 19, 2017 More importantly: All-American Teammate @RoquanSmith1 https://t.co/HZpeMxb4UQ — Cameron Nizialek (@CamNizguy) October 18, 2017 The post Comparisons between Georgia and Alabama don’t really stack up appeared first on DawgNation.
  • (Note: This is part of a series of stories on legendary Georgia Bulldogs.) DULUTH, Ga. – It’s one of the smallest pictures you’ll find on the walls of D.J. Shockley’s basement. And there are a LOT of pictures in his basement. Some are big, some small, some in fancy frames, others just frameless posters. There’s even a life-size banner of Shockley that a friend snagged from the side of Sanford Stadium back in the day. But this one picture, the little one in the nondescript black frame, is his favorite. It features a beaming Shockley in the middle, his mouth agape in what must’ve been a full-guttural laugh. To his left in the picture, arm-and-arm in an embrace, is Georgia head coach Mark Richt sporting a giddy smile himself. Teammate Kedric Golston and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive are also in the shot, but they’re in the periphery, both literally and figuratively. D.J. Shockley enjoys life these days – especially when he’s at his Duluth home. (Nate Gettleman/DawgNation) No, this picture is all about those two central figures, Shockley and Richt. It was taken after the Bulldogs’ stunning victory over LSU in the 2005 SEC Championship Game. Shockley, a senior, earned MVP honors. The scene is succinctly summarized with the hand-written inscription from Richt across the bottom. “I told you you’d leave here with a smile on your face,” Richt wrote. He signed the pic and sent it to Shockley in the mail shortly after that season ended. Never, Shockley said, has one sentence better summed up a career. “That tells it all right there,” Shockley said, admiring the pic a thousandth time. A lot of people know Shockley’s story at Georgia. Or at least they think they know. They know he came to Georgia as the No. 2-rated dual-threat quarterback in America. They know they he came there at a time when David Greene was already running the offensive show for the Bulldogs. They know Shockley competed with and shared time with “Greenie,” and actually had some good moments here and there. But they also know that he could never unseat the quarterback who would leave UGA as the winningest quarterback in NCAA history. So everybody understands when Shockley explains how he almost left Georgia. Shockley went into Richt’s office after the 2002 season with that expressed intention. But that’s when they had the conversation that Shockley said changed his life. That’s when Richt first uttered those words that are now permanently preserved in black Sharpie on the bottom of a 5-by-7 glossy in the basement of his home. Mark Richt closes the deal “I really believe when you leave here, you’ll leave here with a smile on your face,” is the exact way Richt first put it. But as one might expect, those were simply the last words in a long and heartfelt conversation that started with Shockley saying, “Coach, I’m thinking about leaving.” Shockley recounts it here: “And he says, ‘Shock, first off I’m going to tell you, we love you. You’re gonna get a great education here. I can’t sit here and say, you’re going to play this many series. I can’t sit here and say I’m going to let you start two or three games. I’m not going to do that to you. I’m going to be honest. I’m going to be straightforward. We want you here, we love you here. And I think you will still have a great career here. And I really believe when you leave here, you’ll leave here with a smile on your face.” D.J. Shockey helped UGA and Mark Richt win an SEC title in 2005. (AJC File) Shockley wasn’t sure if he believed that at the time. He entered Richt’s office that day with his mind pretty much made up that he was going to leave if he wasn’t given certain assurances. Like any other athlete of his ilk, Shockley knew he could play. He’d performed well enough not only in practices but also in games to know that. And he knew “Greenie” could, too, and he didn’t hold that against him. But unless Shockley could get himself into a situation where he could truly showcase his talents, he knew his NFL dreams would wither away. Meanwhile, there were plenty of other opportunities to be had. His father, North Clayton High School coach Donald Shockley, had been fielding calls right and left. And they weren’t coming in from lower-division or second-tier schools. Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen and Florida State’s Bobby Bowden were telling his dad Shockley “could walk in right now and play.” “My dad’s like, ‘Hey, you ready to go?’” Shockley recalled with a laugh. But he wasn’t. “At that moment, I knew I had to make the decision for me,” he said. “I had to make a decision that I would live with for the rest of my life. Nobody else would live with this decision. I had to look at myself in the mirror every single day.” Shockley didn’t give Richt his decision right then and there. The plan was to take same time to think about it. But he didn’t really need it. “As I left Coach Richt’s office, I knew this was the guy I wanted to play for,” Shockley said. “No matter where I went, if I went somewhere else, who knows what the situation may be? Who knows what the coach would have been like? But I knew exactly where Coach Richt stood and I knew that he cared about me as a person first, and he knew my abilities. Obviously, he cared about me, and was honest enough with me to tell me the truth. That went a long way for me. And obviously, knowing I would get my degree from University of Georgia, being a guy that will live here, born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., that was another part of it.” Imagine that, Richt kept Shockley at Georgia by telling him exactly what he didn’t want to hear. D.J. Shockley and Mark Richt celebrate the 2005 win in the SEC Championship. (Getty Images) True to his word, there wasn’t a drastic change in the way Richt utilized the Bulldogs’ quarterbacks the next season. Shockley played mainly as a backup to Greene. Eventually they’d establish a rotation; for a while it was every third series. But, generally, Richt went with his gut, changing quarterbacks only when the compulsion or the game dictated it. Shockley was playing though. He appeared in 26 games for the Bulldogs those first three seasons. He had 24 TD passes and 5 interceptions in that span. But it was his senior year before Shockley finally started. And he started with a bang. In the 2005 season opener against Boise State, Shockley established a school record for touchdowns accounted for. He had six – five passes and a run – and the Bulldogs rolled over Boise State 48-13 in a game many of the national pundits had labeled as an upset special. That game served notice to the college football world that Georgia wasn’t going to fall off the map just because all those All-Americans had left. All smiles in the end “Coming into that year, we had a bunch of guys who had been backups for the previous two or three years,” Shockley said. “Greenie left, (David) Pollack left, Thomas Davis. So coming into that season everybody was saying it was rebuilding time for Georgia.” Thanks to Shockley, it was merely a reload year. The Bulldogs were 6-0 and ranked No. 4 in the country when they rolled into Jacksonville to face Florida. But Shockley had sprained a knee the previous week and couldn’t play. Shockley led UGA to a 10-3 record in 2005. He went 10-2 as a starter that year. (UGA) “I didn’t dress out,” Shockley said. “I’m walking around before the game and I notice everywhere I go Charlie Strong (Florida’s defensive coordinator) is following me. He’s literally about 5 yards behind me. He’s watching my gait, seeing if I was going to play.” Shockley didn’t, and Georgia lost 14-10 with Joe Tereshinski III filling in at quarterback. “I remember seeing Urban Myer about 10 years later,” Shockley said. “I introduced myself, and he said, ‘Oh, yeah. I know you are. I remember ’05, we were scared to death you were gonna play. I told Charlie Strong, if this Shockley kid plays, we got no chance!’ It was fun to hear that story.” Georgia dropped a heartbreaker to Auburn in the final seconds the next week, too. But the Bulldogs made it back to the SEC Championship Game, where they were big underdogs to No. 3-ranked LSU. That served as great motivation for Shockley and the Bulldogs. “Nobody was talking about Georgia. ‘Georgia doesn’t belong here. They shouldn’t be here. They’re going to lose by 20.’ It’s the same thing that we heard all year long,” Shockley said. “I still remember to this day, Coach Richt stood in front of the team before we went out and said, ‘You make sure everybody watching this game, and especially those guys with the yellow helmets on, they know the guys with the G are here to play! We took it to heart.” The post Georgia Greats: D.J. Shockley left Bulldogs with smile and an SEC title appeared first on DawgNation.
  • KENNESAW — We might’ve seen the last of Justin Fields as a high school player. With Georgia coach Kirby Smart standing only a few feet away, Harrison High’s star quarterback and the Bulldogs’ prized commitment ran off the field with a right hand injury on the next-to-the last play of third quarter. Quickly attended to by trainers, it was determined that Fields likely broken the middle finger on his throwing hand and he was sidelined for the rest of the night. At the time, the nation’s top prospect had rushed for 207 yards and a touchdown and thrown for 185 yards and one more score. The Hoyas led region rival Dalton 28-23 at the time. Smart and UGA running backs coach Dell McGee, Fields’ primary recruiter, had come to watch Fields live for the first time this season. The special Thursday night game was being televised by ESPN2. With sophomore Gavin Hall filling in at quarterback, Harrison hung on for an important 28-26 region win. The Hoyas improve to 6-2 while Dalton falls to 6-2.   The post BREAKING NEWS: UGA star QB commitment Justin Fields sidelined with hand injury appeared first on DawgNation.