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Netflix showcases Richmond case in new show, 'The Innocence Files'

Posted at 9:45 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 21:45:24-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The case of Thomas Haynesworth is well known to regular CBS 6 viewers. Haynesworth was imprisoned wrongfully on rape and other charges in 1984, and spent 27 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.

His case is the subject of an episode of a new Netflix real-crime documentary series called "The Innocence Files" and two University of Richmond professors are featured contributors.

Leadership Studies Professor Julian Hayter spoke to Bill Fitzgerald via Zoom about the case and the show.

Hayter explains the cultural and historical backdrop to the Haynesworth arrest and trial, pointing out that the victim erroneously picked him out of a line-up.