Discovery-owned true crime and mystery network Investigation Discovery is to explore the story of Daniel Villegas, who claimed he was coerced into a confession decades ago, in a forthcoming two-hour special event.
A Fatal Confession: Keith Morrison Investigates is a Peacock Productions documentary that follows journalist and Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison (pictured) as he searches for the truth in this case.
At 16 years old, Villegas signed a confession for a double homicide in El Paso, Texas, and despite recanting to a social worker that same night, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison at 18 years old. Years later, John Mimbela, a business man, heard of the case and led the charge to give Villegas a new trial, which happened in 2014.
Having discovered the case in 2011, Morrisson has been tracking down new interviews and information about what really happened to Villegas over the years, and in this special he sits down with family members, law enforcement, John Mimbela and Daniel Villegas to tell the story.
“At ID we have not only the opportunity – but, also, the mission – to share stories that otherwise might not be seen on a national platform,” said Henry S. Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, in a statement. “Keith Morrison is an acclaimed investigative journalist who has told countless stories throughout his broadcast career and, accordingly, we are thrilled to have partnered with him in his efforts to bring the attention this case so justly deserves.”
At Peacock Productions, Lloyd Fales is executive producer, Robert Dean is co-executive producer and Azriel Relph is producer. For Investigation Discovery, Diana Sperrazza is executive producer, Sara Kozak is SVP of production, and Kevin Bennett is general manager.
A Fatal Confession: Keith Morrison Investigates debuts on July 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Investigation Discovery.