The Innocence Files episode 1 recap and breakdown – teeth marks

April 15, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Recaps
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Summary

The Innocence Files episode 1, “The Evidence: Indeed and Without Doubt” discusses Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, who were both charged for murder.

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Summary

The Innocence Files episode 1, “The Evidence: Indeed and Without Doubt” discusses Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, who were both charged for murder.

This recap of Netflix series The Innocence Files episode 1, “The Evidence: Indeed and Without Doubt” contains information regarding the subject matter. The episode discusses Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, who were both accused of and charged for murdering and raping two young girls. The Innocence Project took the cases to set them free.


What’s the subject matter of The Innocence Files episode 1, “The Evidence: Indeed and Without Doubt”?

On September 15, 1990, in Mississipi, 3-year old Courtney Smith was announced missing. The Innocence Files Episode 1 details how Courtney Smith was found in a pond. The main wound they drew attention to was the bite marks on her, amongst other wounds. The prosecutors recruited forensic dentist, Dr Michael West — the Dr took 12 sets of impressions from 12 different black men.

And another factor is that they hired Uncle Bunky, a man that hosted a local children’s show and was a good artist; he drew for Courtney’s siblings to detail what they saw that night. The police got a name — Levon Brooks.

Another factor they discuss The Innocence Files episode 1, “The Evidence: Indeed and Without Doubt” was that the attorney, Forrest Goodall, was highly persuasive and the fact that one of the sisters was adamant they saw Levon Brooks. In the courtroom, they put up the teeth mark analysis for evidence. Levon Brooks was found guilty and was given a life sentence.

The Innocence Files episode 1 strangely starts interviewing Dr Smith again who starts harping on about his science and credentials. Two years later, a girl called Christina Jackson goes missing. Kennedy Brewer was the main suspect. His lawyer at the time got him a plea deal, afraid that if it went to trial, he’d get the death sentence.

And there were bite marks again; Dr West claimed they were “indeed and without doubt” done by Kennedy Brewer and it was the main part of the case again. The forensic dentist that was part of the Ted Bundy team argued against Dr West’s testimony and evidence, but it didn’t work, and Kennedy Brewer was given the death sentence.

What is the basis that Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer are innocent in The Innocence Files episode 1?

“The Evidence: Indeed and Without Doubt” hints that the teeth mark analysis was not credible science to put these two men down. There were other variables too — the lead jury member of the Levon Brooks case was white, which was felt to be intentional. Neither men had a formidable defence either.

What was the outcome of episode 1?

Kennedy Brewer wrote to the Innocence Project pleading that they help him as he is wholly convinced he did not murder Christina Jackson.

Any other observations?

The Innocence Files episode 1, “The Evidence: Indeed and Without Doubt” presents an insightful rivalry between two forensic dentists who claim each other’s science is nonsense, however, I have to say that Dr Michael West made himself look rather foolish in his interviews in this episode by being arrogant and seemingly bitter about the situation.


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