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Rolling Stone- Will Texas Execute an Innocent Man?
February 10 2020
For two decades, Rob Will has been on death row for the murder of a cop. But activists say there is enough additional evidence to save him.
Lots of folks think Will isn’t guilty and that his appeals were big-time botches; he is slated to be featured on an upcoming episode of Dr. Phil (much like fellow Texas death-row inmate Rodney Reed recently was, which helped Reed get an indefinite stay of execution). As for Will himself, he says he spends his days painting, reading, writing, meditating, practicing yoga, and trying not to let the babblings of the nearby “schizophrenic” get to him.
The friendly, wisecracking guard at Polunsky’s front gate knows all about Will from his years on the floor and has nothing but good things to say.
“Near as I can recall,” he says, “he’s been no trouble at all.”
And then, with a smile, he sends you on your way, toward where Will has spent the past 18 years.
Houston Chronicle- Federal Judge Raises Questions of Innocence
October 3 2018
The gunshots screeched over the static of the police radio, followed by the last breaths of sheriff’s Deputy Barrett Hill. It was the dark, predawn hours of Dec. 4, 2000, and someone had just committed a capital murder. There were no eyewitnesses and no forensic evidence. But two years later, Rob Will was sentenced to die for the crime in front of a courtroom crowded with uniformed police officers.
Despite the circumstantial case that sent him to death row, Will has always maintained his innocence. His alibi? He says he was handcuffed at the time. Now, nearly two decades into the legal wrangling, a federal judge is again questioning whether Will may be telling the truth. In a rare, strongly worded order last week, U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison advanced the condemned cop killer’s appeal even as he bemoaned his own inability to do more in a case that experts say highlights systemic issues within the death penalty appeals process.
“The Court very much wishes it could take up all of these issues,” Ellison wrote. “Nevertheless, this Court lacks jurisdiction to explore the troubling concerns that plague Will’s capital conviction.
New York Times- Appeal of Death Row Case Is More Than a Matter of Guilt or Innocence
March 10 2012
No one saw Rob Will shoot and kill Harris County Deputy Sheriff Barrett Hill in the still-black morning hours in a Houston bayou on Dec. 4, 2000. No physical evidence linked him to the murder
Mr. Will, now on death row, said that he is innocent, but that he has been represented by ineffective lawyers. He has a new lawyer who faces the daunting challenge of representing Mr. Will at this late stage in his appeals.
Witnesses have testified that another man confessed to Deputy Hill’s murder. But in a January ruling, Judge Keith Ellison of United States District Court lamented that even though he was concerned Mr. Will could be innocent, he had to deny his motion for a new trial.
disturbing uncertainties,” he wrote. “Federal law does not recognize actual innocence as a mechanism to overturn an otherwise valid conviction.”
Houston Chronicle- Death Row Inmate's Effort to Spare Life Gains Momentum
April 2 2012
Like so many before him, Texas death row inmate Robert Gene Will II says he's not guilty. Given the state of Texas' record in seeing its death sentences carried out, the odds on getting the right people to believe him are not great.
But there have been exceptions. Will insists that if he can get a fair hearing, he will be another one. He admits he was no saint in his younger days, that he ran with a bad crowd, and yes, that he and a buddy were breaking into a car on the morning of Dec. 4, 2000, when a spotlight suddenly caught them in its glare. Within moments his life changed forever, and Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Barrett Hill lost his.
Will claims he did not shoot Hill. He has claimed as much since the day of his arrest. He could not have done it, he says, because his hands literally were tied behind his back.
Huffington Post - Letter From Death Row: It’s Time to Stop Executing the Insane
April 18 2013
A condemned Texas inmate reflects on the blind justice of putting to death a schizophrenic who has plucked out his own eyes.
Have you ever heard the screams of the insane? It is something you will never forget; it’s a soul disturbing sound and sometimes it can last for hours and hours, day after day after day.
Is this why so many of the insane in prison rant and scream so maniacally and so very often? Amid the twisted and tumultuous fog of their schizophrenic mind, is a part of their damaged psyche reaching out for help, for comfort, for balance, for peace?
Solitary Watch News- Voices From Solitary: The Heaviness of Blood
October 31 2014
Must the Italians be so very wicked? They have done this all throughout history: created soul-stirring strings music. Music that pulls at ones heartstrings, enhances the emotions with a slight caress, grasps ones deepest feelings and thrusts them into the heavens with the force of Zeus hurling thunderbolts, or smash-smash-smashes emotions into the abysmal depths of hell with the promise of bringing them back up...up-up-up to the highest heights of deep visceral reflection.
Wrongful Conviction Podcast
January 6, 2021
This outstanding podcast covers the horrific detials of Rob's wrongful conviction through a brilliant analysis by Jason, plus interviews with Rob's attorney, Samy Khalil, and Rob himself.
Broadway World- 'Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom' Spotlights Rob Will's 20-Year Death Row Saga
January 6, 2021
Rob Will was handcuffed when a police officer was shot. There are no eyewitnesses or forensic evidence pointing to his guilt. He has always maintained his innocence. Despite all evidence to the contrary, he was wrongfully convicted and has spent the past two decades on death row in Texas. His story is the subject of the January 6th, 2021 episode of the hit podcast Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom.
Crimes of a Decade, A Texas True Crime Podcast
March 25, 2020
Rob's case was featured in the very second episode of new true crime podcast, Crimes of a Decade: A Texas True Crime Podcast.
This 35 minute podcast covers much of Rob's case from the initial crime scene to the trial and post-conviction issues Rob has faced.
You can listen to it below or wherever you get your podcasts.
Oxygen- 5 People Who Were Convicted But Probably Didn't Commit The Crime
July 7, 2017
We’ve seen people walk away from crimes they did commit, like Robert Durst. We’ve seen controversies like O.J. Simpson’s murder acquittal and Michael Jackson being exonerated for child molestation. But what about the cases where people were convicted based on circumstantial evidence only? The following convicted murderers are controversial because they might not actually have committed the crimes they’ve been imprisoned for.
My Corner of the Universe with FreeRobWill.org
October 15, 2020
My Corner of the Universe sat down and had a chat with Tish and Jess about working for Free Rob Will.
A very informal chat with the two of them over international zoom discusses the details of Rob's case, the new decision made by the 5th Circuit, and the hidden evidence that spurred the approval.
You can watch the interview on YouTube below.
BBC Radio- Art Exhibit Interview with Tish & Bailey Contemporary Arts
May 11, 2017
BBC Radio interviews Frederique Bailey from Bailey Contemporary Arts & Rob's friend, Tish about their upcoming art show, "15 Years of Art from the Worst Place on Earth" in Brighton, UK.
May 18- June 11, 2017