The story gained national attention with John Grisham’s best-selling non-fiction book, now Netflix puts it back in the spotlight with The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town.
The six-part documentary series focuses on two murders that shook the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1980s – and the controversial true story that followed.
Grimsham has already said the series is "gripping, compelling and ultimately just as heartbreaking as the book."
Ronald Williamson was convicted of the murder and rape of Debbie Carter, 21. He languished on death row for 11 years before he was exonerated.
Police convicted him based off him telling them about a dream he had where he stabbed Debbie. The ‘dream confession’ is explored in the documentary along with the other reasons he was wrongly convicted along with his friend.
You can watch the trailer at the top of this story.
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Directed by Clay Tweel ( Finders Keepers , Gleason , Out of Omaha ), The Innocent Man includes interviews with victims’ friends and families, Ada residents, attorneys, journalists, and others involved in the cases. (Grisham appears, as does attorney Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.) Developed as a documentary series by Tweel and Ross Dinerstein, it blends new footage with compelling archival video and photos. The series is produced by Maura Anderson and Shannon Riggs. Executive producers are John Grisham, David Gernert, Tweel and Dinerstein.