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

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.

This episode sheds light on Stanley Liggins life, from his childhood in Mississippi to his arrests in the Quad Cities.

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Police arrested and charged Stanley Liggins with Jennifer Lewis' murder about a week after her body was found in Davenport.

Sheri McCormick

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

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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.

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