Timeline of events:

  • July 20, 1992: Cyrus Wilson is robbed at gunpoint by Christopher Luckett
  • Sept. 15, 1992: Christopher Luckett is found shot dead under a chainlink fence in South Nashville.
  • Feb. 2, 1993: Cyrus  Wilson is indicted in Luckett's death.
  • Feb. 1, 1994: Wilson is found guilty of first-degree murder, largely on the eyewitness testimony of juvenile witnesses. Wilson is sentenced to life in prison.
  • Aug. 26, 2008: Wilson obtains a previously undiscovered, hand-written, 1992 note from prosecutors about witnesses that says, "good case but for most of Ws are juveniles who have already lied repeatedly."
  • June 2011: Cyrus is offered time served when the Criminal Court of Appeals overturns his case and remands the case back to the trial court. He turns it down because he is innocent and has spent his entire adult life in prison.  
  • April 20, 2012: The Tennessee Supreme Court rules the note isn't admissible in court or enough to force a new trial.
  • Nov. 22, 2013: Rodriguez Lee and Rashime Williams, then 15 and 17, recant their 1994 testimony, saying they lied because they were worried police would arrest them for Luckett's murder if they didn't play along.
  • July 30, 2014: Wilson's appeal to the Criminal Court of Appeals is denied. 
  • November 2014: Wilson's permission to appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee is denied.