Suspect Convictions

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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 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 May 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.

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,, and at Scott Reeder is also working on a book about the case due to be released in the fall of 2017.

Sheri McCormick

This episode looks at the circumstances in which Jennifer Lewis grew up.  


Back in 1990, Scott Reeder was the night police reporter for the Quad-City Times. One night, he was told to cover a fire reported near Jefferson Elementary School in Davenport, Iowa. 

He arrived on the scene around the same time as the police and fire departments. None of them had expected to find the body of a nine-year-old girl from Rock Island, Illinois.