IN THE NEWS: A career-defining moment in Derek Byrd’s law career happened April 4, 2011
A career-defining moment in Derek Byrd’s law career happened April 4, 2011, outside the Hardee County Correctional Institution.
Byrd was there to greet Derrick Williams. Wrongfully convicted on a rape charge in Manatee County in 1993, Williams had spent 18 years in prison. Byrd, a defense attorney in Sarasota, had been part of the legal team, led by the Innocence Project of Florida, which pursued the case. A judge vacated the conviction after a hearing where newly discovered DNA evidence undermined the guilty verdict. Read more below