After years of failed appeals, the DiGuglielmo family hired private investigators in the hope of finding new evidence that could resurrect the case. The investigators, retired New York Police Detectives Thomas Duno and Lawrence Eggers, were brought into the case by Jerry Palace, another retired detective and investigator for Court TV's "The Wrong Man" series. Palace never managed to feature the case on the show or on other networks - he said the racial tones of a white, off-duty police officer shooting a black man were too controversial. But he grew convinced DiGuglielmo was unfairly convicted.
"We all believe there was an injustice here," Palace said, sitting with Duno and Eggers for a recent interview with The Journal News. "We all would have done the same thing. The guy was using a bat, a deadly instrument, and he hit Richie's father. Richie's got the right to use deadly force."
The investigators, who have tracked down witnesses across the country, claim to have new evidence that should get DiGuglielmo's 1997 murder conviction overturned. Two witnesses now suggest they were coerced by police into changing their accounts, one saying he was pressured to abandon his initial description of the shooting as self-defense.
Note: On September 19, 2008, Richard was released from prison, accompanied by his family, supporters and Jerry Palace and for nearly 20 months Richard was a free man. On June 3, 2010 the courts again proved what a political football this case had become and sent Richard back to prison. This move makes me ask, what is wrong with our legal system?
Marty Tankleff Freed From Prison!
In 1988, Seymour Tankleff and his wife Arlene were found brutally murdered inside their suburban Long Island, N.Y. home. Within hours, the police got the Tankleffs' 16-year-old son, Marty, to confess to the killings. He was arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Court TV's Jerry Palace investigated the crime and raises provocative questions about the case. Marty tells Palace that the confession he signed was "tricked" out of him -- that he was coerced into signing. As Palace interviews others involved in the case, he discovers people close to Marty, including his stepsister, have conflicting views about his guilt. Palace also tracks down the homicide detective who got Marty to confess to the murders.
Did a Georgia woman kill her six-year-old daughter or is the wrong person serving a jail term for the crime? A one-hour Court TV investigation raises troubling new questions about the case in The Wrong Man?® A Mother's Cry, Court TV commissioned retired New York Police Detective Jerry Palace and his partner Reggie Britt to retrace the heartbreaking crime, pursuing leads, examining evidence and speaking with a number of the key players, including Teresa Fargason, who is currently serving a life sentence in a Georgia prison. Fargason vehemently maintains her innocence, and several others involved in the investigation concur. This fascinating one-hour documentary is part of Court TV's continuing series of "Wrong Man" documentary investigations, which air as part of the network's signature series, "The Investigators"
The Wrong Man?: Edward Lee Elmore
In 1982 Edward Lee Elmore, a black man, was arrested, tried and convicted of murdering 75-year-old white woman, Dorothy Edwards, in rural South Carolina. Today, Elmore, 41, is the longest-serving death row inmate in the state. But was he guilty of the crime? "The Wrong Man" team talks to the prosecutor, the daughter of Edwards and other key players in the case, as they explore the possible innocence of Elmore. Follow step-by-step, as the they untangle the events that led to Elmore’s arrest.
The Wrong Man? Stuart Heaton
Nine years after a jury found Stuart Heaton guilty of the grisly murder of 16-year-old Krystal Nabb, Court TV returned to the scene of the crime to question if the wrong man might be behind bars. This documentary follows New York City Detective Jerry Palace and Investigative Journalist Scott Anderson to Ramsey, Illinois where they investigate the arrest, trial and conviction of Heaton.
On July 23, 1991 at 4 p.m, Curtis Nabb entered his familyâs trailer home and found the phone ripped from the wall, blood all over the trailer, sewing scissors on the kitchen counter--and the body of his 16 year-old sister, Krystal. The scissors had been used to stab Krystal 81 times, leaving her dead on the kitchen floor. Police questioned neighbors and learned a white pick-up truck was parked outside the trailer around the time of the murder. Under interrogation, Curtis singled out Stuart Heaton as the truckâs owner. At the time of his arrest, Heaton and his wife were expecting their first child.
"The Wrong Man?" reveals a tangle of overlooked evidence and a botched investigation that omitted questioning another potential suspect. The documentary conducts fresh interviews with family members and potential subjects, and carefully reviews physical evidence, including DNA.
The Wrong Man? Henry "Fred" Chichester
The night after Fred Chichester threw a raucous party at his house, his neighbor, Maryann Meola, was found dead in her home. Despite the lack of physical evidence, Chichester was convicted of Meola's murder. However, compelling DNA evidence was never analyzed and in no way links Chichester to the crime. Was sloppy detective work and a botched investigation the real crime in this case?