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Case Tests the Application of Stand Your Ground when Lethal Force is Used by Black People

Statesboro, Georgia- Virtual Press Conference at 2 pm with the newly formed legal team for William Marcus Wilson.  Mr. Wilson is a 21 years old Black student from Sharpsburg, Georgia, who was in Statesboro visiting with his white girlfriend.  A truckload of angry white men accosted them.  The men threatened Wilson and his girlfriend and even attempted to run them off the road.  A terrified Wilson defended his life and the life of his girlfriend with a firearm he legally carried.  One of the occupants of the truck, Haley Hutcheson, 17, was killed. After fully cooperating with law enforcement investigating the death, William Marcus Wilson turned himself in to authorities.  Initially, the Statesboro Police Department provided misleading media reports and allowed suggestions this incident was random gang violence or even BLM ANTIFA inspired to foment.

“Rarely, do we see successful Stand Your Ground/self-defense claims when Black people attempt to assert them.  This is not just the defense of a young man who feared for his life and his girlfriend’s life, this is a real test of whether the legal system in Georgia can be just for all citizens,”  said Attorney Mawuli Davis, Davis Bozeman Law Firm.

Mr. Wilson remains at the Bulloch County Jail pending a Preliminary and Bond Hearing set for July 7, 2020, at 9 am before Bulloch County Superior Court Judge Michael Muldrew.

A formidable Legal Team of five (5) veteran attorneys has formed to defend William Marcus Wilson in a racially charged atmosphere of the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has focused squarely on racial disparities within the criminal justice system.  The team includes Statesboro civil rights attorney Francys Johnson and trial attorney Martha Hall along with three highly respected trial attorneys from the Atlanta metro area, including Gary Spencer, Mawuli Davis, and Nefertara Clark.

“The team we have assembled to bring Marc Wilson home includes Gary Spencer and Mawuli Davis, part of the pro bono legal team that represented Basil Eleby, a homeless man falsely accused of burning down the I-85 bridge.  With the addition of veteran trial attorney Martha Hall along with rising star Nefertara Clark, who successfully defended Oliva Pearson in the racially motivated voter fraud prosecution, we are ready to test the metes and bounds of justice in South Georgia,” said Attorney Francys Johnson.

  Virtual Press Conference  Details

Speakers will include:

  • Members of the Legal Team
    • Francys Johnson, Francys Johnson PC of Statesboro
    • Mawuli Davis,  The Davis Bozeman Law Firm PC of Decatur
    • Martha Hall,  Hall & Navarro LLC of Springfield
    • R Gary Spencer, R. Gary Spencer, PC of Atlanta
    • Nefertara Clark, Clark & Clark Law Group, LLC of Atlanta
  • Chief Pat and Amanda Wilson, Parents of William Marcus William
  • Attorney Tiffiany Williams Roberts, Southern Center for Human Rights for the Just Georgia Coalition
  • The Reverend James “Major” Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP

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