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June 23rd, 2009
01:16 PM ET

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John A. Torres
Florida Today

The William Dillon story - with a heavy focus on the use of fraudulent dog handler John Preston - is going national this week.

On Monday, a crew from CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" news show interviewed Dillon and an attorney from the Innocence Project of Florida at an oceanfront hotel. The show, appearing on the "Keeping them Honest" segment, is scheduled to air Wednesday night.

Reporter Randi Kaye asked Dillon, from Satellite Beach, a dozen or so questions related to now-deceased dog handler John Preston, who was discredited in 1984. A television show in 1986 further discredited the Pennsylvania-based dog handler.

Preston's testimony helped convict Dillon of murder in 1981. Dillon spent 27 years in prison before being released last year after DNA evidence excluded him from a key piece of evidence in the case.

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  1. Teresa, OH

    re: "Do you feel Preston put you into prison?" Kaye asked.
    "Yes," Dillon said. "Yes I do."

    I do too, Mr. Dillon, and I'm sorry for all the trouble you've been through.

    Back in the 80's, right before all the technology and DNA really hit the market, this country still believed in people. Back then, people probably thought Preston was a god of sorts dealing with his dog.
    Fools that we were.

    People will believe in anything. And to further the point of the media's influence on people, it would, of course, have been the media who brought Mr. Preston and his dog into the limelight. Let's give the media of the 80's some credit for putting Mr. Dillon in prison.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm |