Valentino Dixon spent the last 27 years in prison for murder all the while he became famous for his paintings of golf courses but thanks to a recent review of his case Dixon has now been exonerated le guten Alec and Julie forgo Nassar graduates from Georgetown University and they work to exonerate Valentino Dixon le and Julie joined me today.
From Buffalo with more on this good morning to the both of you hi come on in so Ellie what first Eaton drew you and Julie to this case.
How’d you learn about it so Julie and I both applies to a class taught at Georgetown called the prison reform project and it’s Co taught by professor mark Howard and professor Marty.
Was actually exonerated himself he was accused of murdering his parents and was exonerated for it so they chose to teach this class at Georgetown where they gave us a group of wrongfully convicted prisoners and we would choose which one really resonated with us and take them on as our client.
Last name and we chose Valentino Dixon and we really we really fought the case resonated with us and we took Don and started going over the trial transcript screen of everything talking to his lawyers and.
Then yes they you’ve got a prison so it’s really really fantastic for us it’s just incredible and his famous and artist Julie.
Played a role in this tell us about that yeah without him joining golf courses we would never have heard about the case him being an artist made him known to everyone Golf Digest actually he she sent one of his golf drawings to Golf Digest who wrote an article and this led a documentary made on him and that’s how we found out.
About his case actually without him during golf course and we would never have heard about this case have you been in touch with him yeah so actually while we were doing the case we reached out to his family particularly Barbara Dix and his mother and she was in contact and we were talking to him at times Loomis on a daily basis for alcohol the spring semester especially towards the end we really tried to call him very regularly and then in.
April we went to to visit him to make a documentary and we we met him in prison and the prison he was in then and we told him for hours about okay when we really got to know him and that we’re really possible in the front of our today what did he.
Say to you so I mean at the time you know I think we were pretty convinced that he was innocent but meeting him the parson and.
Tally getting his account of the story I’m start to finish really persuaded Ozzy this man was a hundred percent innocent he just told us that he was wrongfully convicted that.
Wasn’t bad that he knew the other killer the other killer the real killer confessed up to ten times on on on record two days after the crime in fact so.
He was aware that this has happened and he told us all about that and we believed him and we’re so lucky that he got out yesterday Julie final thought from you how does it feel to be involved in this case and seeing someone finally free it’s we’ve really been telling him and.
Everyone since yesterday’s it’s really difficult to put words on this feeling it’s really one of the best feelings you can tell in the world to see someone you’ve worked with for months and and this interest is being solved seeing him out of the courtroom yesterday was really the greatest feeling of happiness I see a movie in the future look forward to it or reading the book I thank you both.