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Innocent Until Proven Guilty. A Lie Or Fact?

Updated on September 4, 2012

David Martell Wilson

The heart that cares.
The heart that cares. | Source

Introducing David Martell Wilson "the inmate"

Six feet five inches, and no I am not talking about the lovely sweet soul, Michael Clarke Duncan, who sadly passed away today in the U.S.A. Although his loss will be felt all over the world; this truly gifted man will always be an inspiration to me for the role of John Coffey, which he played with such sensitivity in the much acclaimed film “The Green Mile,” which is believed to be based around fact.

Friendship in many ways.

No, my six foot five inches tall hero is the “in mate” on Hub Pages, my lovely, caring friend, David Martell Wilson.

David and I met quite by chance, and have never looked back since. One day while sitting and reflecting on my distant and recent past life issues, I decided that I would like a pen friend, someone like I used to have as a teenager. A soul mate, who would not judge what he/she saw or wrote, because to a greater extent, I wanted to remain opaque. Just writing strokes over a page, someone to pass time and energy with in a positive way, because believe me when I say that my life has been full of negativity for a long time now. Going one step further I entered “pen friend” into my search engine, and up popped several sites asking for pen pals for incarcerated men and woman in the U.S.A

Those of you, who know me well, will know that I am nothing if not none-judgemental, and although the thought of writing to a prisoner left me filled with doubt, something inside of me screamed “give it a try, you only have time to lose”. I looked at many profiles before I finally rested on David’s profile. He was asking for honesty and friendship and promising to offer the same in return. That was what I was lacking in my life, an honest, true friend whom I may be able to offer a little sunshine to. I read so many other profiles, and was dismayed to find out that many inmates were seeking donations, and I personally didn’t agree with that, or in fact, didn’t have the money to be able to offer that kind of support. I believed like so many people “commit the crime, do the time”, but how wrong I have been.

David is a loyal, loving and nurturing friend who shares my love of poetry and writing. He has a very dry sense of humour, and makes me laugh. We share a deep and fulfilling friendship which in retrospect is what I have been looking for since the beginning of time. He is a religious man who tries to help and support “the younger brothers” that he is incarcerated with. He doesn’t look for sympathy for the crime that he is incarcerated for; in fact, he rarely mentions it. He adores his children and grandchildren, and is quietly tolerant of his situation. During our friendship I have never asked him about the reason for his arrest, but I guess it was only a matter of time before one of us brought the subject up. To me by this time it didn’t matter anyway, as I liked and was very fond of the man that he is today.

Last week I received a huge brown envelope from David, and inside to my surprise, was original letters kept in his legal file. Amongst these, was a sworn affidavit, by the man whose testimony put David behind bars, and a signed and legal document about to be sent to the court for a retrial, stating that this man had falsely testified against David out of fear for his own life, and those of his family. The very fact that someone else could live a lie for so long, and see a decent man suffer, amazes my naive mind. The fact that a U.S.A police department can wrongly incarcerate a man for the sake of solving a crime is beyond my comprehension, and I am pleased to say that David is trying for an earlier release date.

David, who now suffers with M.S has to be the most forgiving person that I have ever met. He has taught me that faith, love and friendship really are the traits of so few people in this world; and after being wrongly accused and having to fight for survival in the U.S.A judicial system for the past nineteen years, strength of character and a huge heart is the mark of a real man.

I have learned so much from David and with dealing with the judicial system now on his behalf, and will be posting some of David’s poetry from time to time. He has a talent for putting his feelings into words and yet remains positive. He wants only to share a life with writers who support each other and asks nothing of anyone, so as my friends, I ask you to support him via his hub from time to time. I will post all comments directly to him, I know that it would help to keep his spirits high, and allow him a little taste of what his freedom will eventually offer him. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

David's music for me, but he really is my hero.


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    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      moonlake, firstly thank you so much for leaving me a comment, and especially for thinking of my well being. I never thought that I would write to a prisoner, or play a part in a prisoner's life, but David is a very sweet soul. I have in my possession copies of his legal file, which has come from the Wisconsin Judicial Courts and he has been granted the right to a re-trial on miss given evidence. He has allowed me the honour of writing to his beautiful daughter, whom he cares so much about, and I hope that my belief in him is that if he was a bad man, he would save his daughter the pain and heartache. I will never know for sure what is to come of our friendship, but for now, I am in for the long haul. I am so touched by your support.

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      6 years ago from America

      If he is an innocent I hope he gets out but please be very careful.

      We had a man in our state put in prison for a crime he didn't commit but shortly after he got out he killed a young woman reporter.

      I personally don't believe that prisoners should even be aloud on the internet and be able to take innocent people into their web of lies.

      David seems to be a very nice man and I hope that is just what he is. You’re a very kind person to believe in him. I wish you much luck. Voted uP!

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      "Angel on Earth" my darling Maria, now that is yourself that we are talking about here. You are the most generous of souls even thou you have suffered so much. From you my dear sista, your comment makes me feel complete. Love ya. Nette xx

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Ruby, how are you my friend? Thank you so much for stopping by and lending me your loving support again. I know that I can always rely on a kind or practical comment from you, and that is what counts. x

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Annette,

      Many year ago people asked me if I were angry at God, at Nursing, at 'men' in general... because of the vicious acts of one man. I was and am not.

      I know we were drawn to each other as Sista friends because of our ability to see everyone as an individual and every situation as quite distinct, with a non-judgmental approach.

      This story reminds me of why I love you so. You are 'true blue' and beautiful inside and out. I will be looking forward to reading more from you and also Dave's poetry. I will pray that justice prevails in his case as well.

      You are an angel on Earth. Love you, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Annette, I applaud your gentle heart. It appears to me you have found the perfect soul mate. A man who loves to write poetry, such as you. It takes courage to step out of our comfort zone, but sometimes we are rewarded in a beautiful way. Here's to a great friendship. I'm anxious to read his poetry. Hugs***

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hey baby, how are you keeping. Thank you hunnie for your support of David and I. I was totally amazed to find out about David's trial too. He is such a beautiful person who is constantly caring about other people, that he seldom self pities himself. He inspires me with the calm outlook that he has in life, I guess that comes from his faith.

      I too wrote to another pen pal before David, as I am a member of Human Writes, and he started to make similar suggestions to me. He also started to almost demand money on speck, which upset me no end. It is such a pity that some can make it so unpleasant, that people do not want to reach out to them. Take care hunnie. xx

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Brenda, thank you my friend. I might have known that you would open your huge heart to comfort another. You are so right, having a prison pen pal can be very rewarding, and thank you on David's behalf for your prayers. xx

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Wow, that was amazing to read. David seems like a gentle soul who has put his faith in God and humbled himself and will see justice served. What amazes me is that he never mentioned to you all that time that he was falsely accused or anything, he just bore his burden and became a true friend.

      I have a little phobia about pen friends. When I was about 13 I had a penfriend from prison. He looked so much like Lionel Richie. What made me stop writing him was one letter I got from him asking me how I like it in bed. I was scared! I never wrote to him

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I have a prison pen pal. Unlike yours mine is guilty but is now a redeemed man. This can be a rewarding friendship. I shall pray for your friend.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Perspycacious, thank you so much for your insightful comment, and for offering me your support. I am amazed at how so many people are wrongly accused the World over, but I am not so stupid that I know that some people can run with a story and make it believable too. David, is very quiet about his crime, but extremely open about his past. As he says, he made many mistakes, except for the one that he is imprisoned for. I never doubted him, and never asked for sight of his legal file, this he just thought I ought to know about. He has to be admired for his positivity and his tolerance of a system that has failed many others in the past the world over. To hear that you know of another similar case just goes to show that some of these incarcerated men and woman should be heard and not just judged and left to perish by society.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Mo, how are you baby? Mo, when you offer prayers for both of us, I know that your sincerity will follow through. Thank you so much. David will love your support and humour, and all that kindness within your heart just as I do. x

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      My lovely friend Martie, I know that I can always rely on you to speak from the heart. Thank you for supporting me once again with your strong words. They mean so much to me, and I am sure that David will look forward to correspond with you, for you will teach him so much with your unique writing style. x

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Our justice system is far from perfect and has some failings all along the path toward the justice we would hope would prevail. Too often it does not, but it should. Good Hub. Maine did away with the death penalty years ago (in the 1930's?) When the people were apalled that there was proof they had executed an innocent, honest, loving, husband and parent. It's a good lesson for us all, repeated many times since, and not only in our own country. What justice is served when our system still allows the taking of innocent lives society bears the blame for?

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      6 years ago

      Annette, you are an angel. David is lucky to have you. Please be assured that I will keep you both in my prayers, and please pass that assurance along to David as well.

      Peace, sister.


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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Annette, I can see you, with your loving heart, so clearly as a penfriend of someone who does not have the privilege of freedom for whatever reason. I wish you luck with all your endeavors. May justice prevail. I look forward to read David's poems.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you for your honesty and care as always my friend. You know how much I appreciate your friendship. Strangely, my friend Edel, said exactly the same thing when I mentioned David to her. I hope that what I read and see from David will be the truth, but the documents are not falsified and come directly from the Wisconsin Court Services. I guess only time will tell. x

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      bluestar, I so hope your right about this man because he does have your address. An African man right here in Las Vegas was wrongly accused and the police were made to pay him 1.5 million for imprisoning him wrongly.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce


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