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Murderville

Author: The Intercept

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When a brutal murder rocks a small Southern town, residents and police are shocked. Could the new guy in town be the one who who did it? Yes, the cops say, he is. Case solved. But then another murder happens. And another. In the end: four bodies, two convictions, and one man in jail for a crime he likely did not commit. Welcome to Murderville, Georgia. Investigative reporters Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith uncover what happens when law enforcement locks up their first suspect, leaving another man free to kill. From The Intercept and Topic Studios.

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In an extraordinary ruling issued last week, the Georgia Supreme Court denied the state’s latest effort to prevent Devonia Inman from proving his innocence in a murder that sent him to prison for life.
More than eight years after DNA evidence revealed the state of Georgia sent the wrong man to prison for murder, Devonia Inman may finally have a chance to prove his innocence in court. In an order released last week, a judge ruled that Inman’s challenge to his 2001 conviction could move forward. 
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Epilogue: Unanswered Questions

Epilogue: Unanswered Questions

2019-01-3100:27:2414

After the new evidence comes to light, we look back at the investigation into the murder of Donna Brown. And share some information we didn’t quite know what to do with. Information about some key players who we know shaped the outcome of this case. Players we still have questions about. One is an elusive police detective with a bad reputation. The other is a witness we’ve talked about before. Or maybe she’s a suspect. It’s hard to tell.
6: New Evidence

6: New Evidence

2019-01-2400:37:1017

Jessica Cino is a dean at the Georgia State University law school — and Devonia Inman’s biggest advocate. His plight has shaken her faith in the criminal justice system. She’s poured hours into his case, trying to help him clear his name. But the odds are stacked against him, and she knows it. But then new evidence comes to light, something the cops should have known about all along.
5: Hercules Brown

5: Hercules Brown

2019-01-1700:29:2812

Hercules Brown grew up in a well-respected family in Adel. Residents remember him as a good kid. But then something changed. He became violent and mean. And he had several run-ins with the law. But when he got in trouble, nothing seemed to stick. Until the murders of Bennett and Browning raised new questions about the Taco Bell and the Patel murders too. When DNA comes back as a match to Hercules on a key piece of evidence, will it be enough to help Devonia Inman?
4: Murder in Broad Daylight

4: Murder in Broad Daylight

2019-01-1000:22:5312

William Carroll Bennett and Rebecca Browning were beloved in Adel. There was no reason anybody would want to hurt them. Then they were savagely beaten in broad daylight at a popular lunch spot. Thanks to the actions of a couple of customers, their assailant was quickly apprehended: 20-year-old Hercules Brown. But the question quickly arose, was this the only murder Hercules was responsible for?
3: The Patels

3: The Patels

2019-01-0300:22:5219

Shaliesh Patel was visiting Adel when he was brutally murdered in the spring of 2000. Years later, his family still doesn’t know anything about who killed him. Their interactions with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations left them with more questions than answers. But one thing was clear: Patel’s murder was part of an emerging pattern of crime.
2: The Trial

2: The Trial

2018-12-2700:36:3221

Devonia Inman goes on trial for his life. But there’s really no evidence against him. Witnesses keep changing their stories. And the jury never hears about an alternate suspect — a man who was just arrested for a brazen murder of two prominent community members.
1: Murder at Taco Bell

1: Murder at Taco Bell

2018-12-2000:36:4756

A murder in the small southern town of Adel, Georgia, sent Devonia Inman to jail 20 years ago.  He was accused of robbing and shooting a woman named Donna Brown in a Taco Bell parking lot. He swore he was innocent and there were good reasons to believe him. And while he awaited trial, three more brutal killings took place in Adel. Did police get the wrong man?
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Rosie P

If anyone is interested, the Atlanta Journal Constitution podcast Breakdown did a series on this topic. Each series covers a fascinating Georgia case or trial, hosted by the AJC's Court reporter who is a real character. It has a different slant to most crime podcast's and offers excellent insight into each case, along with fascinating info about the relevant legal framework and workings of the court. I'm not affiliated with them at all (I'm from the UK, not Georgia!) but I wholeheartedly recommend it!

Sep 7th
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S W K

I've listened/researched many murders investigated by the GBI.....and they are all Ridiculous concerning their investigation process. Very sad! Taxpayers money basically going to waste.

May 1st
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Travis Hanberry

I loved this podcast!

Apr 5th
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Brent

Not that great. Pretty typical story line of racist southern cops pin murder on black man. Not very well told either. Annoyingly sounds like they are reading a script the entire podcast, except during interviews, which seem rare. Silly banjo music in the background sounds like an option for my cell phone alarm clock noise. Jordan sounds like she smokes a pack of non filter Lucky Strikes a day. I hope I'm wrong. Over all, I give it 2.5/5 stars. Meh.

Jan 29th
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Kat Z

q+q

Dec 28th
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Carrie Statham Edelblute

When will the next episode be out?

Dec 24th
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Emma Bobro

fantastic episode on Deconstructed!!

Dec 15th
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