"Lenell Geter's in Jail" | 60 Minutes Archive

"Lenell Geter's in Jail" | 60 Minutes Archive

Lenel Jeter's Wrongful Conviction

  • Lenel Jeter, an engineer with no criminal record, was wrongly convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to life in prison.
  • Jeter was accused of robbing a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Bal Springs, Texas, based on a tip from a woman who saw his car parked near a park.
  • Eyewitness testimonies, including a misidentification from a photo lineup, contributed to Jeter's conviction.
  • Jeter's defense attorney, Ed Seagull, believed in his innocence but faced time constraints in preparing a defense.

Evidence of Innocence

  • Jeter's alibi witnesses, including his supervisor and co-workers, testified that he was at work during the time of the robbery.
  • The prosecution's case relied solely on eyewitness testimony, which is known to be unreliable.
  • Several eyewitnesses, including employees of the restaurant and a customer who knew Jeter personally, stated that he was not the robber.

Post-Conviction Developments

  • The NAACP joined the defense in requesting a new trial, but it was denied by the same judge who tried Jeter originally.
  • An appeal has been filed, and the FBI is investigating potential civil rights violations in Jeter's case.
  • The South Carolina legislature and the State Attorney General have asked the Texas Attorney General to look into Jeter's case.
  • Lenel Jeter was released from prison within 4 days of the 60 Minutes broadcast.

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