MTV preps “Unlocking the Truth” for August

The Viacom-owned cable net has set a mid-August premiere date for the serialized investigative crime series Unlocking the Truth. (Pictured: series host Ryan Ferguson)
July 18, 2016

Viacom-owned cable net MTV has set a mid-August premiere date for the serialized investigative crime series Unlocking the Truth.

The MTV- and Embassy Row-made series will follow Ryan Ferguson (pictured) – an exonoree who spent 10 years wrongfully imprisoned for murder – and Exoneration Project MD Eva Nagao as they examine three cases of presently incarcerated inmates who claim they have been wrongfully convicted.

The pair will set out to reveal proponents and opponents of the convicted, uncover and examine evidence, and analyze never-before-heard witness insights that may help uncover new findings and evidence into each trial.

The previously announced series will delve into the stories of Michael Politte, who was convicted at 14 of murdering his mother; Kalvin Michael Smith, who, at 26, was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and robbery for attacking a pregnant woman; and Byron Case, convicted of murdering his friend in a Missouri cemetery.

Ferguson was convicted for the 2001 murder of Kent Heitholt, a 48-year-old newspaper editor who was found beaten and strangled to death in the parking lot of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Two years later at the age of 19, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison on the basis of false testimony and police misconduct. The conviction was vacated in November 2013 by the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Michael Davies, Debbie DeMontreux, Adam Kassen, Stacey Altman Shepard and Andrew Jenks serve as executive producers.

Unlocking the Truth debuts on August 17 at 11 p.m. EST/PST on MTV.

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