Starz releases trailer for Steven Soderbergh-produced true crime docuseries “Leavenworth”

Starz releases trailer for Steven Soderbergh-produced true crime docuseries “Leavenworth”

Source:  IndieWire

After receiving critical success with docuseries like “America to Me” and “Warriors of Liberty City,” Starz is continuing its prestige documentary push with “Leavenworth.”

Produced by Steven Soderbergh, along with Paul Pawlowski and David Check, the upcoming five-hour docuseries tells a controversial true-crime story that plays out in the military justice system.

The series is centered on Clint Lorance, who’s serving a 19-year sentence for murder at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.  While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, the former Army lieutenant ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them.

Lorance’s case made national headlines after a February 2015 story ran in The New York Times, and it recently came back into discussion when Don Brown, Lorance’s co-counsel and consultant during his appeal, published a book, “Travesty of Justice,” on the case this year.

Brown argues in the book that the Army restricted critical evidence from being revealed in Lorance’s trial.

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Karl Fontenot, subject of Netflix’s “The Innocent Man,” might soon be free

Karl Fontenot, subject of Netflix’s “The Innocent Man,” might soon be free

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

A federal judge has placed the man at the center of documentary series “The Innocent Man” on the path to potential freedom.

U.S. District Judge James Payne has ruled there was reasonable doubt that Karl Fontenot should have been convicted in 1988 in the kidnapping and killing of Ada, Oklahoma convenience store clerk Denice Haraway in 1984.

Payne has given the state of Oklahoma 120 days to grant Fontenot a new trial or release him permanently.

Fontenot’s case was the focus of the 2006 John Grisham book “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town” and a later the 2018 Netflix documentary series “The Innocent Man.”

Watch “The Innocent Man” on Netflix.

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Steven Soderbergh to executive produce true-crime military justice docuseries “Leavenworth” for Starz

Steven Soderbergh to executive produce true-crime military justice docuseries “Leavenworth” for Starz

Source:  Deadline

Steven Soderbergh is executive producing a true-crime documentary series about the military justice system for Starz.

The Lionsgate-backed broadcaster has ordered “Leavenworth” from the “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Magic Mike” director as well as Paul Pawlowski and David Check.

Leavenworth tells the story of Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who is serving a 19-year sentence for murder at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, Lorance ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them and outraging some of his platoon.

In a first-hand account of a soldier navigating the U.S. Army’s legal system, Lorance seeks to overturn his conviction, provoking emotional debate between his supporters and detractors that rises to the national stage.

“Leavenworth” will premiere October 20 on Starz.

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In 1981, town bully Ken McElroy was shot to death in front of dozens of people in broad daylight.  No one has been charged with his murder

In 1981, town bully Ken McElroy was shot to death in front of dozens of people in broad daylight. No one has been charged with his murder

Source:  IndieWire

If you thought Robert Durst was scary, wait until you meet the townspeople of Skidmore, Missouri.

“I was glad he was dead.  Killing him was the only way it was gonna stop,” one voiceover says in the trailer for “No One Saw a Thing,”

The docuseries profiles a case that garnered international attention in the early 1980s after town bully Ken McElroy was shot to death in front of dozens of people in tiny Skidmore, Missouri.

To this day, witnesses to the murder deny having seen anything.

“No One Saw a Thing” premieres August 1 on SundanceTV.

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HBO releases trailer for true crime documentary “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?”

HBO releases trailer for true crime documentary “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?”

Source:  Nonfictionfilm.com

HBO has released a trailer for its upcoming two-part true crime documentary “Who Killed Garrett Phillips?”

Directed by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?), the film centers on the case of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips of Potsdam, New York who was strangled to death in October 2011 in the apartment he shared with his mother and a half-brother.

Police quickly focused their attention on an ex-boyfriend of Garrett’s mother, Oral “Nick” Hillary, a black man who served as soccer coach at Clarkson University in Potsdam.

No physical evidence linked Hillary to the crime, but he was indicted on a second-degree murder charge nonetheless.  The documentary questions whether Hillary’s prosecution resulted from racial bias.

“Who Killed Garrett Phillips?” premieres July 23 on HBO.

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The Michelle Carter texting suicide case is the subject of a new HBO documentary

The Michelle Carter texting suicide case is the subject of a new HBO documentary

Source:  Entertainment Tonight

Michelle Carter, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for her involvement in Conrad Roy’s 2014 suicide, is the subject of Erin Lee Carr’s latest documentary, “I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter.”

The film examines the Massachusetts’ trial, dubbed the “Texting Suicide Case,” about a teenage girl deemed responsible for sending texts that seemed to encourage her boyfriend to kill himself.

The case became a national news sensation and sparked a debate around digital technology, social media, and mental health.

“I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter” premieres on back-to-back nights on July 9 and  July 10 on HBO.

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