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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with hosts Bill Rankin and Christian Boone. In our seventh season, we examine the deadly police shooting of Afghanistan war veteran Anthony Hill. Hill was not only unarmed when he was gunned down in March 2015, he was naked. The 26-year-old was struggling with bipolar disorder and was off his medication. But Police Officer Chip Olsen didn’t know that when he responded to a 911 call about a nude man wandering around a metro Atlanta apartment complex in the middle of the afternoon. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with hosts Bill Rankin and Christian Boone. In our seventh season, we examine the deadly police shooting of Afghanistan war veteran Anthony Hill. Hill was not only unarmed when he was gunned down in March 2015, he was naked. The 26-year-old was struggling with bipolar disorder and was off his medication. But Police Officer Chip Olsen didn’t know that when he responded to a 911 call about a nude man wandering around a metro Atlanta apartment complex in the middle of the afternoon. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

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By NoNicknameBecky - May 29 2020
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Have listened and enjoyed since the beginning, but I gotta ask...was Greg filing his fingernails in the latest episode about Ahmad? I listened with ear buds and kept trying to not hear it. Anyone else?

Love, love, love!

By Latitude8 - Dec 02 2019
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I love this podcasts and really enjoy the format, host and subject matter. I highly recommend!

iTunes Ratings

2108 Ratings
Average Ratings
1570
272
111
69
86

Long time listener

By NoNicknameBecky - May 29 2020
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Have listened and enjoyed since the beginning, but I gotta ask...was Greg filing his fingernails in the latest episode about Ahmad? I listened with ear buds and kept trying to not hear it. Anyone else?

Love, love, love!

By Latitude8 - Dec 02 2019
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I love this podcasts and really enjoy the format, host and subject matter. I highly recommend!
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Breakdown

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with hosts Bill Rankin and Christian Boone. In our seventh season, we examine the deadly police shooting of Afghanistan war veteran Anthony Hill. Hill was not only unarmed when he was gunned down in March 2015, he was naked. The 26-year-old was struggling with bipolar disorder and was off his medication. But Police Officer Chip Olsen didn’t know that when he responded to a 911 call about a nude man wandering around a metro Atlanta apartment complex in the middle of the afternoon. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

Rank #1: S05, Ep11; The verdict on Tex McIver

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The jury in the McIver murder case finally comes back -- after four days -- and delivers a confusing verdict that appears to say McIver intended to shoot his wife, Diane, but didn't intend to kill her. The closing arguments, four separate addresses by some of the best lawyers in Georgia, were every bit the spectacle that you'd imagine. 

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Apr 26 2018

54mins

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Rank #2: S02 Episode 3 - Leanna Harris: Once implicated, never charged

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Cobb police insinuated a number of times that Leanna (now Leanna Taylor, since her divorce came through in March) might have helped her husband plan the murder of their son. But those claims faded and then all but disappeared. Taylor was never charged with any crime and is expected to be a witness for the defense in Ross Harris’s murder trial.

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Apr 10 2016

38mins

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Rank #3: S02 Episode 4 - Deciding the case before it begins?

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The most important moments of the Justin Ross Harris trial may be unfolding right now - even before testimony begins or the lawyers ever state their cases. Welcome to jury selection, where cases are often won or lost. 

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Apr 19 2016

49mins

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Rank #4: S05, Ep1: The McIver Murder Case

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Insisting it was an accident, Claud "Tex" McIVer will soon stand trial for the murder of his wife, Diane. Although Diane told ER surgeons it was an accident just before she died, the state has indicted Tex with malice murder. The year since Diane died has seen some extraordinary and often bizarre turns. This first episode of the new season of Breakdown will set the stage for the upcoming trial.

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Oct 16 2017

43mins

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Rank #5: S04, Ep1: The crime

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A vicious murder on a hot South Georgia night outside the local Taco Bell. The police build  an impressive case against young Devonia Inman. Now it's 20 years later, and a law professor in Atlanta is determined to take that case apart and win Inman's freedom. 

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Jul 17 2017

35mins

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Rank #6: S02 Episode 1 - Death in a Hot Car: Mistake or Murder?

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The evidence against Justin Ross Harris, accused of murder in the hot-car death of his son, and how it just seems to keep piling up. 

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Mar 27 2016

38mins

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Rank #7: S03 Episode 1: Predator, M.D.

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Breakdown: Predator, M.D., follows the fortunes of Dr. Gupta and many of the 18 women who claim the doctor abused them.

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Mar 20 2017

36mins

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Rank #8: S06, Ep1: A Jury of His Peers

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Kevin Riley, editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, goes deep inside a double-murder in Atlanta. With extraordinary access to key players in the case, Riley and longtime Breakdown host Bill Rankin explore the sudden and vicious killings of Reggie Coicou and Quincy "Fat" Wytche.

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Nov 20 2017

26mins

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Rank #9: S01 Episode 3: Let’s Test the Evidence

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Bill Rankin goes to Bremen in the dark of night, and with the help of an Army veteran, tests what you can see from "Stroupe's stoop." Could Gary Allen Stroupe have seen Justin Chapman from his front porch? Plus, Chapman experiences the appeal from hell.

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May 29 2015

47mins

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Rank #10: S02, Episode6: A sudden change of venue

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The Harris trial was just days away from opening statements and testimony, when the proceedings ground to a sudden and unexpected halt. 

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May 10 2016

43mins

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Rank #11: S05, Ep10: Surprises from the defense

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The state rests after putting up more 70 witnesses. The defense case-in-chief takes only 2 1/2 days. The mysterious masseuse, Annie Anderson, takes the stand. And the executor for Diane McIver's estate has a surprise in store for the prosecution. Then the defense rests, and we're down to couple of rebuttal witnesses from the prosecution. 

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Apr 16 2018

49mins

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Rank #12: S02, Episode 5: A jury of his peers, with preconceived notions

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Jury selection, which may be close to conclusion, has taken an interesting turn. Nearly a third of the jurors qualified for the final panel – the one from which the 12 jurors and a number of alternates will be chosen – say they believe Justin Ross Harris is guilty. 

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Apr 26 2016

25mins

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Rank #13: S05, Ep2: The courtship of Tex and Diane McIver

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Tex McIver couldn't get the new resident of the luxury condo complex out of his mind. She ignored all his entreaties to meet him, and he finally contrived to "bump into" her at the complex's gym early one morning. Diane was a powerful and successful businesswoman who eventually would marry Tex. But on a sultry September night a year ago, he killed her. 

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Oct 23 2017

40mins

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Rank #14: S04, Ep2: The prosecution

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The jury that hears the case against Devonia Inman must go through the peculiar process of becoming "death qualified." Meanwhile, some key witnesses take the stand and say they really didn't see what they told police they saw. 

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Jul 24 2017

41mins

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Rank #15: S06_Ep2: Voice of a Killer?

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First contact: An Atlanta homicide investigator goes to the home of the man who has emerged as his suspect. The man lives with his mother, and the detective winds up interviewing both. A year later, AJC Editor-in-Chief Kevin Riley gets his first indication that he will become deeply engaged in the outcome of this double homicide investigation.

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Nov 27 2017

41mins

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Rank #16: S02, Episode 15: The jury gets the case

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The prosecution and the defense give impassioned, powerful closing arguments, wrapping up the trial. Prosecutor Chuck Boring insists Ross Harris lived a double life and intentionally killed his little boy. Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore contends Cooper’s death was a horrible accident and that police rushed to judgment without looking at evidence contrary to their theory. The six-man, six-woman jury then gets the case and, over the next three days, sends a number of questions to Judge Mary Staley Clark.

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Nov 14 2016

58mins

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Rank #17: S07, Ep1: 'They're here to help me'

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On March 9, 2015, the manager of the Heights at Chamblee apartment complex called 911 to report that a man was wandering the grounds naked in the middle of the afternoon. Soon afterward, he was dead, shot and killed by the DeKalb County police officer who arrived at the scene. Who was Anthony Hill, the 26-year-old Afghanistan war veteran whose life ended that day? And how did he end up dead at the hands of police? We introduce you to Hill's life — his music and his family — as well his struggles with mental illness.

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Sep 27 2019

31mins

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Rank #18: S06_Ep5: The Verdict

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The jury in the double-murder case of Nicholas Benton could not hang the verdict on any single piece of evidence or testimony. That is, nothing that came up in court was so compelling that it enabled the jury to declare "guilty" or "not guilty." But what about something that came up outside of court? AJC Editor Kevin Riley wraps up his insider's account of being foreman on the jury in a murder trial.

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Dec 18 2017

48mins

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Rank #19: S02, Episode 12: From the gutter to the homicide file

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Prosecutors open a new week of testimony by calling one woman after another to the witness

stand. Harris pursued all of them – including two teenagers – over sexually

explicit online chats. Finally, lead detective Phil Stoddard takes the stand

and prosecutors play the detective’s interview of Harris at the police station

the day of Cooper’s death. They also play the recording of Harris’ emotionally

charged meeting with his wife when she comes to see him at police headquarters.

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Oct 24 2016

49mins

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Rank #20: S01, Episode 8 - After a year’s wait, a concluding decision

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Justin Chapman awaits the all-important decision from the state's prosecutors: will they put him back on trial for murder and arson or end the long-running legal drama that put him in state prison for eight years? This concluding episode has all the answers. 

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Jul 05 2016

39mins

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S08, Ep2: Preliminary Hearing

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Protests in Atlanta attract national attention as a preliminary hearing in Brunswick begins. During the probable cause hearing, there is only one witness: the lead investigator on the case.

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Jun 11 2020

35mins

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S08, Ep1: The Ahmaud Arbery case

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A tragic shooting has thrust coastal Georgia onto the national scene. On Feb. 23, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was shot three times in a neighborhood near Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. The video of the shooting has now been seen by millions.

In this special episode of Breakdown, hosts Bill Rankin and Greg Bluestein examine what is known about the case, and what’s to come. You’ll hear from officials down in Brunswick as well as former AJC managing editor, Bert Roughton, who lives in nearby St. Simons and has covered the case, as well as Brad Schrade, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has investigated police shootings for the AJC and has also covered the Arbery shooting.

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May 27 2020

46mins

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Bonus: The Imperfect Alibi

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In this special episode of Breakdown, AJC reporter Joshua Sharpe decided to take a close look at a 35-year-old double murder case. An African-American couple was shot and killed inside Rising Daughter Baptist Church in Camden County, Ga. Dennis Perry was convicted of the killings and has been in prison for 20 years for them.

What Sharpe found out is stunning. And we’re going to let him tell you about it, from beginning to end. In this episode, he reads his story, “The Imperfect Alibi: the forgotten suspect, the DNA and the church murders that haunted a detective.”

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May 23 2020

58mins

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S07, Ep9: The verdict

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Chip Olsen's fate is now in the hands of the jury. Will the ex-cop end up behind bars? We take you through the murder trial's dramatic conclusion and its aftermath.

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Nov 18 2019

55mins

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S07, Ep8: The State Strikes Back

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After a rocky start, prosecutors come out swinging in the murder trial of Chip Olsen. One of their star witnesses: Olsen's own police academy instructor.

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Nov 12 2019

48mins

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S07, Ep7: Three eyewitnesses

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Testimony begins in the murder trial of Robert "Chip" Olsen and a trio of witnesses who saw Anthony Hill's final moments take the stand for the state. But do they help or hurt the prosecution's case?

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Nov 04 2019

31mins

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S07, Ep6: Unarmed. Unclothed. Unable to Harm?

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A jury is seated and Chip Olsen's murder trial is finally underway. The ex-cop's defense lawyer said he fired at Anthony Hill because he was terrified as the naked man ran at him. But the prosecution offers a surprising new theory.

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Oct 29 2019

43mins

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S07, Ep5: A trial run

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Chip Olsen's legal team turns to a mock jury to road test their defense strategy. Jurors had a lot of questions and some strong opinions. And what will the lawyers be looking for when they select a real jury? This murder case could turn conventional wisdom on its head.

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Oct 21 2019

30mins

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S07, Ep4: Policing a mental health crisis

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When Anthony Hill was killed by DeKalb County Police Officer Robert “Chip” Olsen in 2015 he became the latest casualty in a growing crisis: One in every four people shot and killed by police is suffering from mental illness. Why do police encounters with the mentally ill turn deadly so often? And would Hill be alive today if DeKalb had done more to train its officers?

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Oct 15 2019

30mins

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S07, Ep3: 'Impervious to pain, superhuman strength'

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Former Police Officer Chip Olsen takes the stand in a risky gamble to try to get the murder charges against him dismissed. Does it pay off? And his lawyers push a controversial defense used by cops to justify the use of force.

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Oct 08 2019

34mins

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S07, Ep2: The road to indictment

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Who is Chip Olsen? The cop who shot and killed Anthony Hill followed an unusual path to the force. We’ll tell you why it’s so rare to indict police officers who kill in the line of duty. And we’ll take you inside the surprising revelation that convinced the DeKalb DA to not only charge Olsen, but to charge him with murder.

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Oct 01 2019

37mins

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S07, Ep1: 'They're here to help me'

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On March 9, 2015, the manager of the Heights at Chamblee apartment complex called 911 to report that a man was wandering the grounds naked in the middle of the afternoon. Soon afterward, he was dead, shot and killed by the DeKalb County police officer who arrived at the scene. Who was Anthony Hill, the 26-year-old Afghanistan war veteran whose life ended that day? And how did he end up dead at the hands of police? We introduce you to Hill's life — his music and his family — as well his struggles with mental illness.

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Sep 27 2019

31mins

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Coming soon: The 7th season of Breakdown

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Anthony Hill was a loving son, talented musician and an Afghanistan War veteran. In 2015, Hill was shot and killed by DeKalb County Police officer Chip Olsen, who was responding to a 911 call of a naked man wandering an apartment complex. Hill was unarmed and off of his medications. Olsen claims he acted in self-defense. In our new season of Breakdown, hosts Bill Rankin and Christian Boone tell the story of Hill's life and death, and will follow the trial of Officer Olsen, who is charged with murder.

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Sep 02 2019

4mins

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S05, Ep11; The verdict on Tex McIver

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The jury in the McIver murder case finally comes back -- after four days -- and delivers a confusing verdict that appears to say McIver intended to shoot his wife, Diane, but didn't intend to kill her. The closing arguments, four separate addresses by some of the best lawyers in Georgia, were every bit the spectacle that you'd imagine. 

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Apr 26 2018

54mins

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S05, Ep10.5 The jury is out

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The jury in the Tex McIver murder case gets the case and deliberates, and deliberates, and deliberates. One of the last things the jury asked for was permission to see, for a second time, the SUV in which Diane McIver was shot, AND they ask to take the .38 revolver with them to the car. So some of them sat where Tex sat and pulled the trigger that Tex pulled. 

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Apr 23 2018

10mins

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S05, Ep10: Surprises from the defense

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The state rests after putting up more 70 witnesses. The defense case-in-chief takes only 2 1/2 days. The mysterious masseuse, Annie Anderson, takes the stand. And the executor for Diane McIver's estate has a surprise in store for the prosecution. Then the defense rests, and we're down to couple of rebuttal witnesses from the prosecution. 

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Apr 16 2018

49mins

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S05, Ep9 The cops vs. the DA

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The prosecution puts up the chief homicide investigator in the Tex McIver murder case and then tries its best to show how deficient the police investigation was. Normally, the district attorney and the police are on the same side. But not this time. The police charged McIver with involuntary manslaughter, but the DA went with malice murder -- convinced that the Atlanta Police Department was letting McIver off too easy. 

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Apr 09 2018

35mins

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S05, Ep8: Killer, or just not a nice guy?

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The prosecution in Tex McIver's murder trial completes its third week -- a sometimes grueling slog in which the state seemed to be throwing just about everything it can find at McIver. Some if it may not be provable, but none of it looks good. And that seems to be the point. If prosecutors can't prove McIver is a cold-blooded killer, can they sway the jury by suggesting that McIver is a man you can neither trust nor like? And, of course, Tex is helping the state build its case by doing the things he did after Diane McIver died.

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Apr 02 2018

41mins

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S05. Ep7: Dani Jo testifies

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The state calls Dani Jo Carter -- the only witness to the shooting of Diane McIver. She is on the stand for more than two full days. She tells the prosecution that Tex McIver asked her to lie about being in the SUV that night. But she tells the defense that she stands by her earlier statements to police that Tex was asleep before the gun went off.

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Mar 26 2018

41mins

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SO5, Ep6: McIver goes to trial

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The state opens the Claud "Tex" McIver murder trial by detonating some new bombshells. McIver, the prosecution says, provided six different versions of what happened to his wife on the night she was shot. Or did he? Among the first prosecution witnesses was Emory University Hospital ER physician Suzanne Hardy, who treated Diane McIver the night she died. Yes, Hardy testified, Diane told her the shooting was an accident. And no, Hardy testified, Diane did not want to see her husband before she was intubated and rendered unable to speak. Diane McIver died shortly afterward.

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Mar 19 2018

46mins

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iTunes Ratings

2108 Ratings
Average Ratings
1570
272
111
69
86

Long time listener

By NoNicknameBecky - May 29 2020
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Have listened and enjoyed since the beginning, but I gotta ask...was Greg filing his fingernails in the latest episode about Ahmad? I listened with ear buds and kept trying to not hear it. Anyone else?

Love, love, love!

By Latitude8 - Dec 02 2019
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I love this podcasts and really enjoy the format, host and subject matter. I highly recommend!