A COLORADO MAN COULD FACE ALMOST 50 YEARS IN PRISON IF A JURY
DECIDES HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW
"In the Jury Room" Airs Tuesday, September 7, at 10:00 p.m., ET
Daniel Prickett is charged with second-degree murder for the death of his brother-in-law, Arturo Garcia. Garcia and his family were at Prickett's house for the Christmas holiday when Garcia, high on cocaine, began to tear up the bathroom in Prickett's home. Prickett says he attempted to calm him down and, after they struggled, left Garcia passed out in the bathroom. The next morning Garcia's wife went in to check on him, only to find him dead. Initially the death was ruled a drug overdose, but after the coroner's examination the cause of death was changed to homicide. Prosecutor Fran Wasserman believes Prickett used excessive force that led to his brother-in-law's death and should be held legally responsible. He could face as much as 48 years in prison if found guilty. Prickett's attorneys believe wholeheartedly that all Prickett was doing was protecting his home and family. It will be up to the jury to determine whether Prickett went too far. "In the Jury Room" airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 (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. Richard Gerdau, George Kachadorian, Susan Kriskey and Laura Viddy are the producers.