My Story

logoggoooI was arrested on February 28, 1985 for felony charges by The Richmond Police Department and City of Los Angeles Detectives, where I was beaten and interrogated multiple times in order to get a confession, while I was never informed of my Miranda Rights. I was transported back to Los Angeles and turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department. I was made to stand in a lineup and I was allegedly identified by two female co-conspirators, who later changed their statements and admitted that I had nothing to do with the crimes and that they had been paid to lie by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and even had their criminal records expunged. Please see Petition For Writ Of Habeas Corpus for more details.

As a result of these false allegations by the two female alleged co-conspirators, I was sentenced to Death Row and have been incarcerated since 1985 in The California State Prison System. Upon direct appeal, The California Supreme Court ruled to overturn the sentencing in my case, thereby taking me off of Death Row and referring my case back to the Los Angeles County Superior Court to re-sentence me. Had I been sentenced correctly under The California Sentencing Guidelines, I would have been eligible for parole in 1997.

I have served a calculated 30 years as of June 2015, in the California Department of Corrections. My case should fall under the old sentencing guidelines, but the courts choose to do otherwise and sentence me to 4 sentences of 25 years to life in prison without giving me a chance to be represented fairly.

I received constitutionally deficient assistance of counsel at my re-sentencing hearing in 1998 and that my sentencing was improperly ordered to run consecutively. In the absence of the jury, and due to various aggravating circumstances my petition was denied.

According to the sentencing guidelines at the time of my conviction, I fell under the old law of half time – which is serve a day and add a day. I have a calculated 60 years of time served presently as of June 2015. At my re-sentencing hearing, these issues were addressed but the court system refused to follow the California Sentencing Guidelines because of the nature of my alleged crimes. I was ordered by the court to serve 4 sentences of 25 years to life each to run consecutively instead of concurrently. 

In November 1999 the court of appeals affirmed my sentence in full, and the California Supreme Court denied me review in March 2000.   

I have had several paid attorneys for many years on my case who have filed many Habeas Corpus Petitions with the California Supreme Court, Certiorari from the Supreme Court of the United States and throughout the court systems. All petitions were denied, with the exception of one ruling, in which I was taken off of death row and have since returned to the main population as of 1998 in the California State Prison System.

After so many years of legal battles, my legal funds are exhausted and I am in desperate need of financial assistance support from any Legal Departments, Legal Aide’s, Pro-Bono Organizations or an Attorney that will accept my case on a Pro-Bono assignment will be greatly appreciated.

Since being incarcerated I have started up a program  FREE DARREN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM “Get Them Young, Stop Them Young”- that is geared towards helping the at risk youth in Los Angeles and surrounding cities. WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO ENRICHING THE LIVES OF OUR YOUTH TODAY. BRINGING THEM INTO A COMFORTABLE AND LOVING ENVIROMENT, THAT WILL SHOW AND TEACH THEM THE CHOICES THEY MAKE HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THIER LIVES AND THEIR COMMUNITY.

On Aug 19, 2015 I filed my Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and my head is to the hills! Please feel free to read my Petition, you can find it at the top of this site, NEW!!!!  2015  Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus.

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29 thoughts on “My Story

    MG said:
    October 21, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Great website my brother this MG I’ll for sure spread the word on this wonderful website http://www.freedarren.com

      Yolanda said:
      April 5, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      I believe deep in my soul that time is served free Darren

      Catherine said:
      June 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      GOD IS ABLE TRUST AND BELIEVE IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

      Vivian said:
      July 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      THIS IS TERRIBLE!THIS IS INJUSTICE AT IT’S BEST! THERE IS JUSTICE WITH GOD! MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU FROM THIS DAY FORWARD! FOR, I BELIEVE THAT PRAYER CHANGES THINGS! FURTHERMORE, I AM PERSUADED THAT GOD IS ABLE! THERE IS NOTHING (NO-THING) TOO HARD FOR GOD! HALLELUJAH! WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR IS HIS NAME! YOU SHALL BE SET FREE IN JESUS NAME! YOU WILL BE VINDICATED IN JESUS VICTORIOUS NAME, I PRAY! FOR, VICTORY BELONGS TO JESUS! WHO WILL STAND AGAINST THE LORD; NO ONE CAN! NO ONE WILL! THE LORD STRONG AND MIGHTY IS HIS NAME! YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE WORD! THEY CAN’T HOLD YOU NO MORE! BECAUSE, HIS SAID SO! O’ JESUS; O’ MY LORD; YOU KNOW! GET THE GLORY OUT OF THIS…….

    charles jr said:
    August 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Free my brother so he can be with his real family in Texas love beto

    Robert Corsini (Malik's colleague) said:
    August 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    CW
    Nice, complete and concise site.

    Brotha said:
    April 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Free Darren!

    Kitana said:
    December 1, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Free Darren NOW!

    Monica said:
    January 26, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Darren is very humbled and my deserves to have is case reviewed and sentence overturned.

      Monica said:
      January 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Darren is very humbled and deserves to have his sentence overturned. He would be great a mentoring the youth of today on how to avoid gang life and doing positive things for their communities.

    artwetta said:
    February 10, 2015 at 1:03 am

    The system will do everything to keep a young man down. When will it end.

    Terri Bragg Winters said:
    May 31, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    This is very upsetting to treat a person like this. ..they treat animals better . Darren Williams needs to be released ASAP…

    Free Darren.com responded:
    June 1, 2015 at 11:58 am

    THANKS LOVED ONES FOR ALL THE SUPPORT. ITS BEEN A TOUGH ROAD BUT I WILL NEVER STOP TIL I REACH HOME!!!!

    Bryttney -(Admin) said:
    June 5, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Happy 55th Birthday Darren. Wow! That’s a blessing. You are a special man in good health. You keep yourself looking young. Take care Love. Next year we will get to celebrate at home. Have a good one.

    Melvin Farmer said:
    June 11, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Yes he’s long over due.. We must support Darren and others trapped in the belly of the beast The ante must be upped. By bringing public awareness, organizing grass roots organization in support of DARREN, sending letters to.the board,Men such as darren have a voice in the community which could and can save lives if given the chance to become a productive citizen..
    ONE LOVE ONE LIFE
    MELVIN FARMER

    Lecia Adams & Family said:
    June 14, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Please free my oldest brother Darren C Williams it’s been long enough. He has been in prison for way to long. It’s time for someone to take a look at his case and do the right thing and release him from bondage. 1985 to 2015 is more than enough time for anyone’s punishment. He was once a young man, now he’s a settled and more wiser older man. Everyone deserves a second chance. Free Darren Williams so that he may have the opportunity to spin his last days with his loved ones and family.

    Thank you for listening!

    Love his sister
    Lecia Adams

    Ann Jones said:
    June 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Stand up and Speak out? Let us Support Darren.

    BRENDA BOMAR said:
    June 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

    DARREN I PRAY THAT THE PERFECT, UNADULTERATED, UNCOMPROMISED WILL OF GOD BE DONE IN EVERY ASPECT AND AREA OF YOUR LIFE, AND THAT HE USES YOU MIGHTILY FOR THE GLORY OF HIS NAME AND HIS KINGDOM…IN THE STRONG NAME OF JESUS AMEN!!!

    Kathleen said:
    July 30, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Hi, Darren:

    Linked below is The California Endowment and Malik –Schools, Not Prisons campaign.

    Thank you, Kathleen

    drelinefilms said:
    August 27, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Yeah the prison system (cdcr) makes money off each inmate. They list each inmate on the stock market as real farm animals. Among other things. Black men has it real bad. We all need to come together!

    Spellmanmalik@yahoo.com said:
    August 28, 2015 at 2:27 am

    To me freedarren. Com is not just a slogan to me it is a way of life is essential to the growth and development of our future youth who can learn so many life lessons that will enhance their chances to become successful.
    Not only was Darren my neighbor in prison . But a major factor in my life in regards to what we do collectively to stop violence. Having a chance to see this brothers heart and his desire to always encourage others to have faith is amazing. What better gift can you give a man other than a second chance in life to do good. All of my efforts for many years have been enhanced and supported by this strong silent voice. I support the free Darren .com intiniative because their is no simple solutions to his freedom only intelligent choices.. Freedom is the road seldom traveled by the multitude. Peacemaker La gang Wars…

    Kimmy said:
    February 16, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Free Darren, he’s been down to dam long,totally ridiculous,the most brilliant, humbled man I hve met, let’s try our hardest to set this beautiful soul FREE…

    Elvia luz Olguin said:
    May 1, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    reading all this I think all good human being needs freedom, good treatment and that this in absolute freedom, I think is a good man and would be an example for new generations teach them the good way God blesses you!!! Darren

    Rosalyn Hammer said:
    May 18, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I’m glad to hear the status of your case. I’m praying all goes well. you have been down for 30 years and never gave up on fighting for your freedom. You are at the top of your mountain. Claim It.!

    Rosalyn

    Bryttney said:
    June 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Happy 56th birthday to a handsome and healthy black man. God is good all the time

    Chadeen said:
    December 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    To my hero, u are an amazing man ,and I know the end is near because the beginning of something amazing has started .I claim it in his name you will walk and dance like David danced right out of there soon and very soon

    Sean Stevenson said:
    December 27, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Free my cat thats one real cat.

    Paula said:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:13 am

    I’m happy to see that your now in court. I know everyone is gunna try and come see you now that you’re in Los Angeles. Keep your head up bro. God is on your side. Justice will prevail and next time this year you will be sitting at home with family

    Jason said:
    October 11, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Look at God.

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