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  • In 2005 Rosa Jimenez was sentenced to life for the murder of a three-year-old child in her care. Twenty-year-old Rosa was babysitting twenty-one-month-old Bryan Gutierrez at her house when he came into the kitchen choking. Bryan was choking on a paper towel and at Rosa’s trial experts said it was impossible for him to get it lodged in there himself. A re-trial for Rosa has been granted, but the process will take months or years and she has developed stage four kidney disease and is starting dialysis this month. The DA can release her now but they won’t. Rosa has been in prison for seventeen years.

    Learn more about Rosa's case and how to help:
    https://www.innocenceproject.org/free-rosa-jimenez/?p2asource=pc_09242020

    For more information and a complete list of sources for this episode, visit:
    www.unjustandunsolved.com (https://www.unjustandunsolved.com/)

  • March 31, 1991 Easter Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Bill Little was shot dead while working at the Clark Gas Station in Bloomington, Illinois. Almost a decade later, despite no physical evidence, a solid alibi, and passing a lie detector test, Jamie Snow was arrested and convicted of the murder of Bill Little. Jamie was sentenced to life without parole and has been in prison for almost 20 years. But recent investigations have shown that the witness testimony, the only evidence used to convict Jamie, was coerced. And new leads turn up suspects who could be the real killer.

    Learn more about Jamie's case and how to help:
    (http://freejamiesnow.com/) FreeJamieSnow.com (http://blog.freejamiesnow.com/)

    For more information and a complete list of sources for this episode, visit:
    www.unjustandunsolved.com (http://www.unjustandunsolved.com/)

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  • In 1996 Jermaine Smothers was sentenced to 29 years to life for the murder of Ernesto Flores. He was convicted despite passing a polygraph examination prior to trial and despite the exceedingly unreliable eyewitnesses who claimed that they saw him shoot Flores. In fact, multiple people there that night admitted to knowing who the real shooter was. In 2001 detective Kelly Deveney was investigating another case when she stumbled upon evidence of Jermaine’s innocence as well as witnesses who said they lied during his trial. She has been helping to overturn his conviction since. Jermaine has been in prison for 24 years.

    Learn more about Jermaine's case and how to help:
    Freejermaine.org (http://freejermaine.org/)

    For more information and a complete list of sources for this episode, visit www.unjustandunsolved.com (http://www.unjustandunsolved.com/)

  • In 1976 Concord, NC, a man broke into the home of a prominent white widow and violently beat and raped her. Ronnie Long, a 20-year-old black man, was given consecutive life sentences for rape and burglary. In a mostly segregated town, Ronnie was convicted by an all white jury, with no evidence linking him to the crime, an alibi, and only a shaky witness ID from the survivor. Since then, it was revealed that the prosecution witheld exculpatory evidence for Ronnie. There is also DNA evidence Ronnie is trying to get tested to prove who the real attacker was. Ronnie, now 64, has spent 44 years in prison; however, major updates happened during this case while we were reporting it.

    Learn more about Ronnie's case and how to help:
    https://freeronnielongnow.org/

    For more information and a complete list of sources for this episode, visit www.unjustandunsolved.com

  • From journalist Maggie Freleng and the Obsessed Network

    The Innocence Project estimates that there are currently over 20,000 innocent people locked away in US prisons. These cases remain unsolved. Each week, Investigative Journalist Maggie Freleng tells the story of one of those people and takes a deep dive into the crime they were convicted of. Through her original interviews with the convicted, their lawyers, families, and friends, Freleng chronicles each inmate’s fight for exoneration and their hope that justice can still be served.

    This preview features portions of Maggie's interview with J.J. Velasquez whose story will be featured in Season 1.

    Full episodes of "Unjust and Unsolved" premiere on September 10, 2020