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The innocent man : murder and injustice in a small town

Author: John Grisham
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Large print book : English : Doubleday Large Print Home Library edView all editions and formats
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In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits--drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: Ronald Keith Williamson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Grisham
ISBN: 0739473999 9780739473993
OCLC Number: 74734539
Description: 643 pages (large print), [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: John Grisham.
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In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits--drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.

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