The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed its position and decided to hear an appeal to the challenge of a Floyd County man’s murder conviction.
The Georgia Innocence Project filed the appeal on Aug. 17, 2018, on behalf of Joey Watkins to get a reconsideration of a Walker County judge’s denial of his habeas corpus petition.
A habeas corpus petition is a civil filing where a person convicted of a crime is seeking to challenge the legality of their conviction — generally arguing that errors occurred in a trial.
Watkins was convicted in Floyd County of the murder of Isaac Dawkins in 2001.
On June 3, the high court declined to hear the petition, but after GIP attorneys filed a request for reconsideration the high court granted that request earlier this week.
The Watkins case has been a subject of the Undisclosed audio podcast series which attempts to find new witnesses and evidence to help people that producers of the series believe have been wrongly convicted.
Up to this point, Watkins has filed several appeals and has challenged his conviction in the past. So far, all of Watkins’ attempts to appeal or overturn his conviction through both the Georgia Supreme Court and federal courts have failed.