Convicted of murder in Floyd County in 2001, Watkins has maintained his innocence from the beginning and gained national attention after being featured on the podcast “Undisclosed”.
This morning, the Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously affirmed habeas relief for Joey!
This means Joey’s conviction is vacated and a new trial granted! HOWEVER, Joey will not be released just yet. The State can still ask the Supreme Court of Georgia to reconsider its decision.
The State now has 10 days to file a motion for reconsideration, asking the Supreme Court to undo its decision.
If the State does not file a motion for reconsideration, or if the Supreme Court of Georgia denies such a motion by the State, a remittitur will be issued, and Joey will be transferred back to Floyd County, where he will await retrial.
BUT today means we are one step closer to justice for Joey! Stay tuned for updates.