The Innocence Files episode 4 recap and breakdown – a star witness Eye witness testimony is the oldest evidence used.

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

The Innocence Files episode 4, “The Witness: The Murder of Donald Sarpy” looks into Franky Carrillo and reveals how one eye witness can build a road to conviction, even if it isn’t viable.

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4.5

Summary

The Innocence Files episode 4, “The Witness: The Murder of Donald Sarpy” looks into Franky Carrillo and reveals how one eye witness can build a road to conviction, even if it isn’t viable.

This recap of Netflix series The Innocence Files episode 4, “The Witness: The Murder of Donald Sarpy” contains information regarding the subject matter. The episode discusses Franky Carrillo, a man accused of murder. The Innocence Project took the case to set him free.


What’s the subject matter of The Innocence Files episode 4, “The Witness: The Murder of Donald Sarpy“?

Franky Carrillo was charged for the murder of Donald Sarpy. Episode 4 gives us a scenario; a young kid who lived in an area of gang-related violence in a place called Lynwood, LA. Franky was subject to gang violence a few times and was brought into a gang called Young Crowd purely by association. The Innocence Files episode 4, “The Witness: The Murder of Donald Sarpy” is a choppy story.

On January 18, 1991, a drive-by occurred outside a house with black 15-year-olds chilling on the lawn. Dameon Sarpy and Scott Turner and friends were there. Donald Sarpy, a father, was shot and hit on the side and he did not make it. The Sheriff’s department was convinced the murder was related to the Young Crowd gang in retaliation on the “blacks”

Six days later, the sheriff’s department arrives at Franky’s house and handcuffs him.

Episode 4 recounts how there was pressure to solve more murders in the area; there were also some deputies that were deemed to be neo-Nazis, tasked to fight back at the gangs called Vikings. One of those deputies was Ditsch. Ditsch investigated the murder and showed a book of photos of the Young Crowd gang to Scott Turner, who picked out Franky Carrillo as the man who committed the murder.

The Innocence Files episode 4 shows how unlucky Franky Carrillo was — he had a lawyer that barely spoke to him and at the preliminary hearing, Scott Turner identified him. Scott stated he knew who Franky was — so he was classed as a star witness.

And then in the trial, all the witnesses outside the house on the lawn that evening pointed at Franky Carrillo in the hearings. But the twist is when Scott Turner changed his mind and when the District Attorney asked why he was recanting his testimony, Scott states he could not point anyone out.

There is a claim that deputy Ditsch kept on asking Scott Turner to point out pictures until he arrived at Franky Carrillo.

What is the basis that Franky Carrillo is innocent The Innocence Files episode 4?

Episode 4 did not mount a lot of evidence that he is innocent, but this is the first part of the next three episodes. The main evidence so far is that Scott Turner did not actually see Franky Carrillo and he was meant to be the star witness. Franky also has an alibi that he was with his father that night, but it was deemed weak by the district attorney.

What was the outcome of episode 4?

The outcome is that Franky Carillo was found guilty of murder, but at his sentencing, a new attorney states that a new witness claims that Franky Carrillo was not at the scene that night.

Any other observations?

Deputy Ditsch was very defensive when interviewed about his case against Franky Carrillo.


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