Jennifer Lewis

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Stanley Liggins' trial has been postponed again.

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

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Stanley Liggins wants to fire his defense team.

In a motion filed Thursday, Liggins is asking for another lawyer, citing “fundamental disagreements about pretrial and trial strategy” with public defenders, Derek Jones and Miguel Puentes. 

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.

Liggins Trial Moving

Feb 24, 2017
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The next re-trial of Stanley Liggins will not be held in the Quad Cities, instead it will be moved to Waterloo, in Black Hawk County. That was the decision Friday from District Court Judge Marlita Greve, granting the change of venue motion (see ruling below).

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A decision on where to hold Stanley Liggins' next trial will be made soon. That was the  promise from District Judge Marlita Greve after three days of hearing motions in Davenport, including a change of venue motion from defense attorneys.

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Stanley Liggins' defense attorneys would like to try his case outside of Scott County.

Liggins has been twice convicted for the 1990 murder of nine-year-old Jennifer Lewis. His first two convictions have been overturned, and he faces a third trial in May.

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.

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