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A 74-year-old woman spent 27 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit. This week she was exonerated - Erie News Now

A 74-year-old woman spent 27 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit. This week she was exonerated - Erie News Now
By Sara Smart and Paradise Afshar, CNN

Watkins got help from the Tennessee Innocence Project and the Davidson County District Attorney's Office."Joyce Watkins and Charlie Dunn are innocent," District Attorney Glenn Funk told CNN, "We cannot give Ms." According to Sunny Eaton with the District Attorney's Office, Watkins is the first black woman to ever be exonerated in the state and only the third woman in Tennessee history.On June 26, 1987, Joyce Watkins, now 74, and her boyfriend at the time, Charlie Dunn, went to pick up Watkins four-year-old great-niece, Brandi, in Kentucky, according to a report filed with the Davidson County Criminal Court.

"Miss Watkins, this charge against you is dismissed," Davidson County Criminal Court Judge, Angelita Blackshear Dalton, said Wednesday morning, according to WTVF.Williams explained Brandi's injuries Brandi were due to a playground mishap, and the investigation was closed.

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