This serialized documentary series follows the journey of alleged wrongfully convicted prisoners fighting for their freedom. We will navigate these cases in an effort to uncover the truth with the highest possible stakes – the lives and freedom of innocent people locked up for life, and the duty to honor the lives of those lost.
This series takes an in-depth look into three criminal cases through the unique POV of Ryan Ferguson, who at 19 years old was convicted of a murder he didn’t commit.
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In Potosi, MO, when Michael Politte was 14-years- old, he was arrested for the murder of his mother, Rita Politte. She was found dead in her home after being hit with a blunt object and lit on fire. Michael is now serving a life sentence in the same prison that Ryan spent 8 years of his life. Michael Politte is represented by Tricia Bushnell of the Midwest Innocence Project.Investigate
Kalvin Michael Smith was 26-years- old when he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and robbery for attacking pregnant Jill Marker. He has served 18 years of his 29-year sentence. Kalvin’s case has garnered the attention of many people in his town and a "Free Kalvin Michael Smith” movement has started in the city of Winston-Salem, NC. Kalvin Michael Smith is represented by Jim Coleman at Duke University's Wrongful Convictions Clinic.Investigate
Byron Case was 18 years old when his friend, Anastasia WitbolsFeugen, was found in a Missouri cemetery with a gunshot wound to the face. 3 years later, Byron’s ex-girlfriend came forward to police and claimed Byron was the murderer. Byron is serving two life sentences. Byron Case is represented by Cyndy Short of McCallister Law Firm.Investigate
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