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WVIK and journalist Scott Reeder team up to produce a new podcast, "Suspect Convictions," 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 2017.
Scott Reeder was among the journalists on site the night the body was discovered as the overnight reporter for the Quad-City Times. He has followed the case since that day, conducting interviews and collecting documents.
“There's a tendency in the media to treat certain lives differently than other lives,” explains Reeder. “You think about Elizabeth Smart, the girl in Utah who disappeared. You think about Jon Benet Ramsey, the girl in Colorado who was murdered. You think about a lot of these cases that stick out in your mind and what makes them unusual, or what makes them newsworthy, is these were children from wealthy families. And this little girl was not. She grew up in very tragic circumstances. I think her life counts. I think it matters. I think it's important that this case be looked at carefully.”
The information Scott has collected over the years 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. Suspect Convictions also expects to cover the story as motion hearings begin on February 20, 2017, for the retrial scheduled for May.
WVIK airs the episodes Friday evenings at 7:30. The podcast is available on iTunes, WVIK.org, and at SuspectConvictions.com. Scott Reeder is also working on a book about the case due to be released in the fall of 2017.