The Crime, Evidence & Trial
In 2000, Rob Will was unfairly convicted for the slaying of a police officer. Due to derisory legal counsel, prosecutorial and juror misconduct, as well as evidence withheld during trial- Rob was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
In spite of Rob being handcuffed at time of the fatal shooting (radio logs prove this) and numerous confessions by his co-defendant saying Rob is innocent- an innocent man awaits an execution date.
U.S. Federal District Judge stated, “On top of considerable evidence supporting Will’s innocence and the important errors in the trial court, there must also be addressed the absence of eyewitness testimony or strongly probative forensic evidence… only circumstantial evidence supports Will’s conviction and death sentence.”
The Appeals Process
Will’s trial and appeals process was riddled with incompetency on the part of his legal team. His lawyers either had little or no experience in defending capital cases or did not remain on record long enough to accomplish anything of substance. At trial, Both attorneys failed to provide Will with adequate counsel. They did not speak to key witnesses because the investigator they employed was unwilling to locate and interview these people.
One appeal attorney, filed a brief where two thirds of his brief was “word-for-word identical, right down to the capitalization error on page 17” to one that he had previously filed for another Texas death row inmate, Angel Maturino Resendiz, a notorious serial killer executed in 2006. The brief was itself only 28 pages, exceedingly short for a capital habeas brief. Both writs failed to mention Resendiz or Will by name or refer to their trials and listed incorrect conviction dates for both men.