Dating in the dark followup
On the morning of July 16, 1996, someone walked into a furniture store in downtown Winona, Mississippi, and murdered four employees. It was perhaps the most shocking crime the small town had ever seen.
Hallmon has an astonishingly long criminal history that includes repeated charges for drug dealing, assault, and robbery.But we had one lingering question: How did Flowers become the main suspect? Prosecutors have always said that Curtis Flowers was the only serious suspect in the Tardy Furniture investigation. When we finally found Hemphill, living in Indianapolis, he had some very surprising things to say about the case. Citizens are trying to file bar complaints against the district attorney, Doug Evans. We preview oral arguments and delve into the allegations at the heart of the appeal: that Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in Curtis' sixth trial. At issue was whether DA Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in the 2010 trial. In a 7-2 ruling, the justices threw out the conviction from his sixth trial, in 2010. Supreme Court threw out Curtis Flowers' conviction.Why would investigators focus so much on Flowers based on so little evidence? But we found a document showing that another man, Willie James Hemphill, had also been questioned just days after the murders. For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffrey Armstrong, who, a few years after Curtis Flowers first went to prison, found what might have been a key piece of evidence. Two months after the season ended, we return to Winona to see what has changed. One man has gone into hiding, his personal safety threatened because he spoke to us. After nearly nine years of appeals of his sixth trial, Curtis Flowers finally had his case argued before the U. Flowers wasn't at the Supreme Court — he remains on death row in Mississippi — but the In the Dark team was. The decision of what happens next — whether to release Flowers or begin a seventh trial — now lies with the same prosecutor who's pursued him from the beginning: Doug Evans. And the story has taken yet more surprising turns since.In this episode, we investigate who's really telling the truth.No witness has been more important to the prosecution's case against Curtis Flowers than Odell Hallmon.