For 42 years, Clifford Williams Jr. and Hubert Nathan Myers had been imprisoned for murder. And although the two had repeatedly maintained their innocence, their respective life sentences made it seem unlikely that they would ever taste freedom again. When Williams and Myers attended a court hearing in 2019, however, neither of the men were able to contain their emotions.
In the early hours of May 2, 1976, Williams and nephew Myers had been attending a friend’s birthday celebration in Jacksonville, Florida. And while the occasion may have been a joyful one, the pair didn’t know back then that their presence at the party would ultimately change the courses of their lives – and for the worse.
You see, as Williams and Myers celebrated with other attendees, the sound of gunshots disrupted the frivolities. And upon hearing the commotion, the two men and others attending the birthday bash understandably rushed outside to see what was going on.