Showtime has released a first trailer for its original documentary “A Murder in the Park” which offers a glimpse into a very broken American criminal justice system via the story of Alstory Simon who languishes in prison serving a 37-year sentence over a confession he claims was coerced, nearly 16 years after his confession exonerated a death row inmate and sparked the end of the death penalty in Illinois.
With his execution just 48 hours away, Anthony Porter’s life was saved by a Northwestern University journalism class. Their re-investigation of the crime for which he was convicted—a double homicide in a Chicago park—led to the discovery of the real killer, Alstory Simon, whose confession exonerated Porter. The film presents a case in which Porter is actually guilty, and Simon is an innocent man and both are just pawns in a much larger plan.
While it’s a feature documentary, it immediately makes me think of Netflix’s hit documentary series, “Making a Murderer.”
Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber directed the documentary.
Showtime has set a premiere of the documentary for Wednesday, February 17, at 10PM.
Watch the trailer below: