Updated: Nov 16
My name is Michael Henderson, and I am an African American male currently experiencing an unjust ordeal within America's judicial system. Over the past six years, I have been wrongfully convicted for a homicide case that was argued as "self-defense" in the state of Washington. I am relentlessly fighting for my freedom, contending that my prosecution was malicious and selective, targeting me for felony murder in an accidental death rather than recognizing it as an act of self-defense.
The prosecution has limited my ability to defend myself by denying my right to argue for an excusable or justifiable homicide committed in the act of lawful self-defense, as stipulated in RCW: 9A.16.030/WPIC 15 of jury instructions, which were rejected in court. In the state of Washington, which operates under justifiable homicide defense without a specific self-defense law, numerous individuals, especially minorities, have been unjustly and systemically convicted in a similar manner.
During my trial, the prosecutor withheld crucial evidence of a weapon, which would have substantiated my defense, and I was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 30 years. This egregious miscarriage of justice was not only unfair and biased but also deprived me of my constitutional right to a fair trial, preventing me from presenting a legitimate defense. The jury was misled into believing that the victim was unarmed, despite clear evidence to the contrary in the presented video evidence.
I was vindictively prosecuted under the RCW: 9A.16.050 justifiable homicide defense, with the prosecution using coercion to extract false testimony from a witness who lied about the weapon he claimed to have taken from the victim. These laws have perpetuated racial disparities within America's judicial system, systematically affecting minority communities.
My constitutional rights as a U.S. citizen were egregiously violated, including my right to due process (6th amendment) and liberty (14th amendment), leading to a profound miscarriage of justice and constitutional prejudice. I have initiated a petition for my release on "CHANGE.ORG" by searching "Justice for Michael Henderson: Petition for the Release of a Wrongly Convicted Man" and humbly request support from any Seattle Mutual Aid Groups or Community Support Networks. This issue is not confined to my case alone; it is a pervasive problem plaguing our national judicial system and tearing apart our families.
For reference, please see the case State vs. Henderson, 2Wn.App.2d 1031 (2018: Appellate) or State vs. Henderson, 430 P.3d 637 (2018: State).
In conclusion, on behalf of my family, I want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your valuable time and consideration in supporting my call for true justice. If you require additional information to corroborate the facts presented here, please do not hesitate to reach out to me through securustech.net or by mail at the following address:
Michael Henderson, DOC# 317148
Stafford Creek Corrections Center
191 Constantine Way
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Thank you for standing with me in this pursuit of justice.