Starz announced today that the second season of the STARZ Original series Wrong Man will premiere at a special time on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT, following the series finale of Power on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada. Following the premiere episode, Wrong Man will air on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
This groundbreaking, six-episode documentary series from Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award–winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes) examines the cases of three different inmates who are serving life sentences on murder convictions but who claim their innocence. The first season of Wrong Man had a tangible impact on all three cases that were examined. In the second season, the series will continue to uncover new theories and reveal startling new evidence that could prove that three new inmates are, in fact, not guilty.
Renowned civil rights attorney Ron Kuby, former prosecutor Sue-Ann Robinson, retired NCIS investigator Joe Kennedy, and Ira Todd of Detroit’s elite Homicide Task Force return to take viewers on riveting real-time investigations to uncover new evidence, track down key witnesses, consult forensic experts and interrogate the incarcerated.
Two of the three cases will feature female inmates. Vonda Smith was convicted of murdering her grandchild’s mother, 21-year-old Jessie Morrison. Morrison was 16 weeks pregnant when her lifeless body was found beaten beyond recognition and dumped along a remote country road. Smith claims that she is innocent and that she loved the victim like a daughter.
Patricia Rorrer, who has been in prison since 1998, was convicted of the horrific murder of a young mother, Joann Katrinak, and her 15-week old son in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. Rorrer claims the DNA evidence used to send her away is “junk science.”
Kenneth Clair was sentenced to death after being convicted of the brutal torture and murder of a young babysitter named Linda Rodgers in 1984 in Santa Ana, California. The only eyewitness to the murder – a five-year-old child – told police officers that a white man did it. Clair is black, and no forensic evidence ties him to the crime scene.
One of the most notable developments from Wrong Man is that the United States Supreme Court struck down the conviction of death row inmate Curtis Flowers, whose case was examined in the first season of the show. Flowers was prosecuted six times for the same crime of quadruple murder — and by the same prosecutor — in a case riddled with evidentiary problems and allegations of racial bias. In his dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas acknowledged that the case might not have even been heard by the Supreme Court had it not been for the media that reinvestigated it.
The first season also examined the case of Christopher Tapp, who was convicted of the 1996 sexual assault and murder of an 18-year-old girl in Idaho. Tapp was coerced into confessing to the crime after an estimated 150 hours of interrogations, and he was sentenced to life in prison. After Tapp served nearly 21 years of his sentence, the real killer was finally found through forensic genealogy. Tapp’s lawyer said, “’Wrong Man’s’ in-depth investigation into the Tapp conviction helped free an innocent man.”
Finally, in the case of Evaristo Salas, also from Season One, the Wrong Man investigators interrogated a confidential informant — the main witness against Salas — and he recanted his testimony. As a result of the investigation in Wrong Man and the information it uncovered, Salas, who did not have legal representation at the time of filming, was offered pro bono representation by a Washington State attorney, who believes in his innocence. She intends to file a motion for a new trial.
Wrong Man is produced by RadicalMedia, Electus (a Propagate company) and Third Eye Motion Picture Company. Catharine Park serves as showrunner and executive producer. Berlinger also serves as executive producer, along with Chris Grant, Drew Buckley and Ben Silverman for Electus (a Propagate company), and Jon Doran and Jon Kamen for RadicalMedia. Lionsgate retains all rights to the series.