Investigation Discovery has partnered with Paradise Lost director Joe Berlinger on a forthcoming true crime docuseries.
Produced by RadicalMedia in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company, Killing Richard Glossip focuses on the story of two men convicted for the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese at a Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City.
Justin Sneed, who admitted to the murder and whose fingerprints were found in the room, cut a deal for a life sentence by telling police that Richard Glossip (pictured), the motel’s former manager and a man with no prior felony convictions, had orchestrated the murder-for-hire, for which he was sentenced to be executed.
Despite evading execution three times, Glossip, who has maintained his innocence throughout, remains on death row.
The two-part docuseries will trace Glossip’s journey through the criminal justice system by offering unprecedented access to the re-investigation into his case, and exclusive interviews with Glossip and Sneed. Also interviewed are Susan Sarandon, Richard Branson, and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, as well as leading detectives and attorneys on both sides of the case.
RadicalMedia’s Joe Berlinger, Dave O’Connor, Jon Kamen and Justin Wilkes serve as executive producers, Betsy Wagner is the co-executive producer and Kevin Huffman is the supervising story producer. For ID, Lorna Thomas is executive producer.
Killing Richard Glossip premieres for a two-night event beginning March 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Investigation Discovery.
“Nine out of 10 times, the American justice system gets it right. Sadly, it’s the unpredictability of that one time it goes astray that has resulted in a staggering amount of people who claim their innocence as they sit on death row,” said Henry S. Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, in a statement. “There is a growing consensus of people worldwide that believe Richard Glossip is innocent. Consequently, this convergence of forces – including the support of filmmaker Joe Berlinger, who is no stranger to reporting on flaws in the criminal justice system – is why our team at ID feels it’s imperative to provide a platform for the public to hear all sides of the story.”