My name is William E. Arnold, Jr. Actually, until July 13, 2013, the world knew me as “Dr. William E. Arnold, Jr.” – a professional, a leader in the community, a well-known mentor and an agent of change. Personally, I’d been known as “Fry” to family and childhood friends and in my college-educated social circles from Memphis to Atlanta and throughout Nashville. Now, my home state of Tennessee lists me as “Inmate #524840” and I am serving a 25-year prison sentence in the TN Department of Corrections. My “guilt” lies in wanting to be a valuable contributor to my community; a desire to be a part of the solution and NOT the problem. In fact, I am in my current predicament because I volunteered to help change someone’s life for the better and now, because of lies driven by greed, the world I once knew and tried so desperately to improve has been taken from me. You should know, and everyone else should know, exactly what my accuser knows – and that is….
I AM INNOCENT.
This is my story. This is my truth. This is the truth. This is God’s truth. My conviction is based on lies driven by greed and how the ‘court of public opinion’ has fractured our criminal justice system. It is intriguing, surprising and also hurtful to know that some legal professionals, and others involved in the system, don’t seek justice, but instead spend their lives building their careers based on election-year results, wins and losses, and misplaced public fears – even at the expense of innocent lives. Mine is one of those innocent lives and I, and the many people who love and believe in me, sincerely ask that you listen . . . .