A JURY MUST DETERMINE WHETHER A COLORADO COLLEGE STUDENT
KILLED ANOTHER MAN IN COLD BLOOD OR IN SELF-DEFENSE
ABC News' "In the Jury Room" Airs Tuesday, August 24 at 10:00 p.m., ET
Twenty-year-old college student Bryson Knight is charged with first-degree murder and faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison. Knight admits he fatally shot Lewis Carl Morris, but claims he acted in self-defense. He had gotten into a fistfight with Morris and lost. The next day he went to Morris' girlfriend's house, he says, seeking another one-on-one fight to even the score. The defense says Morris pulled out a gun and fired at Knight, giving their client no choice but to shoot back. Mitch Morrisey, one of the most experienced prosecutors in the Denver DA's office, says that this was not a case of self-defense-it was a cold-blooded killing in which Knight fired first. Knight, he argues, was embarrassed and wanted revenge. Knight will have to take the stand in his own defense and try to persuade the jury that he shot to defend himself. If the jury believes his story, he will walk free. "In the Jury Room: State vs. Knight" airs TUESDAY, AUGUST 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
During each hour of ABC News' "In the Jury Room" documentary series, narrated by Senior Legal Correspondent Cynthia McFadden, cameras are there as prosecutors build and try a homicide case in court. Public defenders and defense attorneys also allowed ABC News to go inside the confidential lawyer-client relationship as they work to establish their defense. Judges permitted cameras to capture the action not only in their courtrooms, but also in chambers. And cameras were allowed to observe juries evaluating the evidence and trying to come to a consensus in what often proves to be a contentious process.
ABC News producers were granted total access to six homicide cases through special orders from the Arizona, Colorado and Ohio supreme courts, which cited the educational value of providing viewers with this unique, "fly-on-the-wall" view of the legal system at work. In each case, every juror-as well as the defense, the prosecution and the judge-consented to the placement of the cameras in the jury room.
Michael Bicks is the executive producer of "In the Jury Room." Rudy Bednar is the senior executive producer. George Kachadorian, Susan Kriskey and Laura Viddy are the producers.