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

Statesboro, Georgia - There will be a Virtual Press Conference TODAY at 2:00 P.M. EST with the newly formed legal team for William Marcus Wilson, the Wilson family, and members of the Just Georgia Coalition. Mr. Wilson is a 21-year-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.

“This case is yet another example of the disparate application of the law and the unjust criminalization of Black and Brown people without due process nor the support of the facts. We are committed to doing everything we can to stand with and support both this family and his legal counsel to ensure his safe and swift return home," says Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP.

Initially, the Statesboro Police Department provided misleading media reports and allowed suggestions that this was an incident of 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 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 of the 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 A.M. 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 other highly respected trial attorneys from the metro-Atlanta 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 Olivia Pearson in the racially motivated voter fraud prosecution, we are ready to test the metes and bounds of justice in South Georgia," concludes Attorney Francys Johnson.

Virtual Press Conference Details

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

Speakers will also include:

  • Chief Pat and Amanda Wilson, Parents of William Marcus Wilson

  • Tamika Middleton, Principle, Winds of Change Consulting and Just Georgia Coalition

  • The Reverend James Woodall, State President, Georgia NAACP and Just Georgia Coalition

WHAT: Virtual Press Conference

WHEN: July 6, 2020 @ 2 P.M. EST

WHERE: Zoom Video Communications


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