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“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything” -Mark Twain

Donna’s Story

*Click here to read Donna’s Story in her own words.*

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“Virtually all of us act immorally if not illegally at least on occasion. We’d like to believe that if we ever get caught or feel compelled to confess, we’ll be judged not simply by what we’ve done but by why we did it and who we are. We want our acts to be judged in the context of our motivation and personal history, and a concept of a character that compromises more than our worst offenses. People do commit bad acts for good reasons, which means that guilt and especially sentence ought to be determined by considering the actor as well as the act.” (Courtesy of George Gardner, Jr. father/author of “The Stalking of Kristen”)

Ending a man’s life isn’t easy to live with.  Remorse and guilt eat away at your soul while you’re awake and in your sleep.  I ask God for forgiveness each day.  My case is not as “open and shut” as the prosecuting attorney would like you to believe.  My story is about a mother who feared for her life and the life of others, and ultimately took the life of the man who threatened her with a knife and promised to kill her son in her own home.  I am not a murderer!  I don’t feel I should lose my life in a 10’ x 6’ cell because I saved the life of my son and my own.

By being wrongfully convicted I feel the justice system is saying, “Ms. Hockman, you should have let Dustin Stanley kill you, then you and your son would not be apart, we could have punished him accordingly.” The law says I have a right to protect myself and family members if I feel I am in a position to be maimed or killed. I have a right to stand my ground and fight back, yet here I sit unlawfully detained fighting for my freedom just like I did with Dustin Stanley. Please review all of the evidence, as well as my thoughts and feelings that should have played a part at my trial, so the 12 people who were chosen to decide my fate could have made an informed decision as to guilt or innocence and degree of punishment. I ask that you step into the jury box and become the 13th juror and open your mind to the real plausibility that I do not deserve to die in prison. This story could be about your mother, friend, sister or even your daughter, but for now, this story is about Donna Hockman. If after reviewing this entire website you feel compelled to do something, please act by signing the online petitions by clicking the link on this page and give financially to my cause. “Injustice for one is injustice for all”

God bless,

Letter from Matthew Engle of The Innocence Project

Donna’s story in her own words:

Voicemails left by Dustin Stanley on Donna Hockmans’ cell phone

At the time of Donna’s arrest, she stated to her defense attorney that over 30 voice mails left by Dustin Stanley could be retrieved from her cell phone. Donna thought the police would retrieve them to show the harassing/stalking nature of Stanley in the days leading up to the shooting. Weeks had passed and no word about the retrieval of the calls, so Donna informed her attorney that he needed to retrieve them before they were lost for good. At the time he was only able to retrieve these two.  Stanley becomes audibly upset when he could not reach Donna.  The jury at trial was not allowed access to these calls.

The audio below illustrates Dustin Stanley’s state of mind just before the incident:

Please listen carefully:

This 911 call was made in distress as Donna feared for her life after being physically abused by Dustin Stanley on June 21, 2008, about a month before the shooting:

Much more evidence about my case can be found here