In 1987, 20-year-old Johnny Lee Wilson pleaded no contest to murdering an elderly woman to death and setting her house on fire. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His mother insisted that Johnny was innocent and was home with her at the time of the murder.
In September of 1995, he was pardoned by the Governor and released from prison. The Governor had determined that police had “manipulated a weak mind” which led Johnny to confess to the murder of Pauline Martz.
Today Johnny Lee Wilson is 51, and lives in Aurora with his mother. No one else has been charged in the murder of Pauline Martz.