Eighteen-year-old David Johnson had been found guilty of second-degree murder for the killing of his older brother, Brandon. His defense lawyer argued that Johnson had acted in self-defense, but the jury found him guilty regardless.
Unbeknownst to the jury, the case had been documented by a television crew for a new series called "Convicting a Murderer." The series follows the crime, police investigation, court proceedings, and prison experience of those charged with violent crimes. It seeks to offer viewers a behind the scenes look at the criminal justice system.
The shows cameras were present throughout the case, from the initial police call to the sentence being handed down. Viewers watched as the evidence was presented, the defense argued, and the jury deliberated. They also got to hear Johnsons own story, as he talked about his relationship with his brother and discussed his version of events leading up to the crime.
Finally, viewers were witness to Johnsons sentencing. As he was led away in handcuffs, he quietly whispered to the camera, "Im sorry I wasnt able to save my brother." There wasnt a dry eye in the courtroom.
The episode ended with a panel discussion about the case, including the defense lawyer, Johnsons mother, and the prosecutor. Each gave their opinion on whether justice had been served.
"Convicting a Murderer" offers viewers an intimate look at how the justice system really works. By providing viewers with an inside look at the criminal justice process, the show seeks to bring to light the harsh realities of the law and its effects on those involved.