Suspect Convictions

Jennifer Anne Lewis lived in Rock Island, Illinois. She was murdered on September 17, 1990 — just days before her tenth birthday.
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Stanley Liggins has been twice convicted of murdering Jennifer Lewis. Both convictions were overturned, and he's scheduled to go before the court again in 2017.
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WVIK and journalist Scott Reeder team up to produce "Suspect Convictions," a podcast exploring the ongoing prosecution of Stanley Liggins. Liggins has been twice convicted for the 1990 murder of 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis. Both convictions have since been overturned, with Stanley Liggins set to go before the court for a third time in May 2017.

The information Scott and producers Lacy Scarmana and Alfredo Manteca have collected sheds light on the household Jennifer Lewis was living in, the life of Stanley Liggins, the political pressures and cultural environment surrounding the case, and reasons the two convictions have been overturned. 

The podcast is available on iTunes, WVIK.org, and at SuspectConvictions.com

Stanley Liggins wants to fire his defense team. We discuss what that means for the upcoming trial.

Scott Reeder sits down with guests from other true crime podcasts to discuss some of the intricacies about the Stanley Liggins case, and dig into some angles that may not have been considered yet.

For this episode, we go back to 1990 to explore Stanley Liggins' living situation at the time he was arrested for murdering Jennifer Lewis.

Stanley Liggins sits at the defense table with attorneys Derek Jones (left) and Miguel Puentes during a pretrial hearing.
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Pretrial motion hearings wrapped up two weeks ago for the Stanley Liggins case. 

In this episode, we talk about Judge Marlita Greve's ruling to approve the defense's motion for a change of venue.

Aphrodite Jones, author, reporter and TV host.
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This week, we sat down with a panel of guests to talk about the Stanley Liggins case.

We hear from former Scott County Attorney Bill Davis and former defense attorney Mike Tobey, who tried the 1995 trial in Dubuque, Iowa. Scott Reeder and author Aphrodite Jones question the lawyers about various aspects of the case.

There are a lot of reasons why a verdict in the Stanley Liggins case is far from guaranteed in favor of either the prosecution or defense.

Lt. Don Schaeffer addresses the media on September 18, 1990, the day after Jennifer Lewis was murdered.
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What role does the media play in a high-profile case like the one against Stanley Liggins? That is the question this episode tackles.

On this episode, we're joined by a panel of producers and contributors of other podcasts to share their impressions of the case against Stanley Liggins:

The truth is we'll never know exactly what happened the night of September 17, 1990 when the body of Jennifer Lewis was found near Jefferson Elementary School in Davenport, Iowa.

In this episode, we look at how uncertainties surrounding the Stanley Liggins case might be addressed as the case progresses in 2017.

During the trial, the prosecution displayed a portion of Stanley Liggins' car in the courtroom.
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Stanley Liggins has been twice convicted for the murder of Jennifer Lewis, but both convictions have been overturned. This episode explains the details of the first two trials against Liggins, from 1993 and 1995. Jurors from the two trials discuss the evidence that convinced them of Liggins' guilt.

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