Tune in to your local PBS station at 9:00 PM CST on Thursday, May 3rd, to watch the Mississippi Public Broadcasting premiere of the film, “Mississippi Innocence.”
In the early nineteen-nineties in rural Noxubee County, Mississippi, two young girls were – in separate crimes occurring approximately a year and a half apart – abducted from their homes, sexually assaulted, manually strangled and dumped into nearby pools of water. In each case law enforcement arrested a perpetrator almost immediately, and the prosecution announced that it would seek the death penalty in each case. As a result, Kennedy Brewer was convicted and sentenced to die by lethal injection; Levon Brooks was convicted and sentenced to a term of life without the possibility of parole. Combined, the two men would spend over thirty years in prison.
Both men are innocent.
Mississippi Innocence documents the story behind their wrongful convictions, the path that led to their exonerations in the spring of 2008, and their lives upon their return to the free world. The film uses interviews with the key players involved in both the conviction and exonerations, as well as lengthy interviews and footage of Brooks and Brewer and their families, to tell fully and for the first time the depth of their – our – tragedy. The film channels the organic power of these two innocence narratives so that viewers will experience a range of emotions – some that will challenge assumptions and force re-thinking long-held conceptions about the criminal justice system; others that will strengthen faith in the ability of individuals to survive and endure; while still others will generate shock and outrage. In the end, the film will raise awareness, provide an opportunity for intelligent dialogue, and, in the end, offer a way forward.
Read more about the film here: www.mississippiinnocencefilm.org