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Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. 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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S08, Ep1: The Ahmaud Arbery case

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

46mins

27 May 2020

Rank #1

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S05, Ep11; The verdict on Tex McIver

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

38mins

10 Apr 2016

Rank #3

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S02 Episode 4 - Deciding the case before it begins?

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49mins

19 Apr 2016

Rank #4

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S05, Ep1: The McIver Murder Case

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

43mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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S04, Ep1: The crime

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

35mins

17 Jul 2017

Rank #6

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

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

38mins

27 Mar 2016

Rank #7

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S03 Episode 1: Predator, M.D.

Breakdown: Predator, M.D., follows the fortunes of Dr. Gupta and many of the 18 women who claim the doctor abused them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

36mins

20 Mar 2017

Rank #8

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S06, Ep1: A Jury of His Peers

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

26mins

20 Nov 2017

Rank #9

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

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

31mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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S01 Episode 3: Let’s Test the Evidence

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

47mins

29 May 2015

Rank #11

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S05, Ep10: Surprises from the defense

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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S02, Episode6: A sudden change of venue

The Harris trial was just days away from opening statements and testimony, when the proceedings ground to a sudden and unexpected halt.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

43mins

10 May 2016

Rank #13

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

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

25mins

26 Apr 2016

Rank #14

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S05, Ep2: The courtship of Tex and Diane McIver

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

40mins

23 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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S04, Ep2: The prosecution

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41mins

24 Jul 2017

Rank #16

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S06_Ep2: Voice of a Killer?

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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S02, Episode 15: The jury gets the case

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

58mins

14 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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S06_Ep5: The Verdict

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

48mins

18 Dec 2017

Rank #19

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S07, Ep8: The State Strikes Back

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

48mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #20