A Murder ‘Solved’ in 4 Hours Sent the Wrong Man to Prison for 23 Years

The New York Times (NYT) (07/22/2021)
  • April (1996) – Shdell Lewis was suddenly shot and killed while walking with friend outside his home in Staten Island.
  • Within hours, police arrest 25 year-old Grant Williams based on Wu-Tang Clan hat description.
  • November (1997) – Williams was sentenced to life despite no evidence or murder weapon.
  • Lewis’ friend said Williams wasn’t the shooter but wasn’t allowed to be a key witness.
  • Officer who chased shooter described him as “5-foot-5 and stocky”; Williams is 6-foot-2.
  • Following reinvestigation, Williams was recently released from prison.