*Nearly four decades after being wrongfully convicted in 1982, Archie Williams fulfilled his longtime dream of auditioning for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
At the close of Tuesday’s season premiere, he gave a stunning performance of Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” to a standing ovation.
But before he sang for the judges Williams revealed a shocking story. “I was just incarcerated for 37 years for somebody else’s crime,” he told the judges onstage. “DNA freed me.”
Williams explained, “On the morning of Dec. 9 of 1982 a 30-year-old white woman was raped and stabbed in her home. I was arrested on Jan. 4. I couldn’t believe it was really happening. I knew I was innocent.”
He was imprisoned until 2019, when new evidence linking another individual to the crime led to a new trial and his release, according to The Innocence Project, who represented Williams.