On June 26, 1987, Joyce Watkins, 74, and her boyfriend at the time, Charlie Dunn, went to pick up Watkins’ four-year-old niece, Brandy, in Kentucky, according to a report filed with Davidson County. Criminal Court.
The next morning, Brandi was unresponsive, so Watkins took her to Nashville Memorial Hospital.
A year later, in August 1988, Watkins and Dunn were convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated rape.
Before his release, Dunn, unfortunately, died in prison.
Before the couple picked up Brandy, she was living in the home of Rose Williams, Brandy’s great-aunt. Brandy’s mother was in Georgia at the time.
During that time, a Kentucky Department of Social Services worker visited the house after receiving a report that Brandy had been abused.
Williams explained that Brandy’s injuries were due to an accident on the court, and the investigation was closed.
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Now 35 years later, Watkins has been acquitted after she made a point to clear her name.
“We received this case because she (Joyce) came to us,” Jason Getchner, senior legal counsel with the Tennessee Patent Project, told CNN. “She just came into the office and said, ‘Let me tell you my story. I need your help. “”
The filing explained that Watkins noticed blood in Brandy’s underwear when they got home, just an hour and a half after she picked up the couple, with at least an hour of that time spent driving back to Nashville.
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The ruling noted that Harlan had admitted her methodological error after years of trial.
Prosecutor Glenn Funk told CNN: “Joyce Watkins and Charlie Dunn are innocent. We can’t give Mrs. Watkins or Mr. Dunn their wasted years but we can get their dignity back; we can get their names back. Their innocence demands it.”
“Miss Watkins, this charge against you has been dropped,” Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton said Wednesday morning, according to WTVF.