Will Smith


Will Smith and his wife, Racquel Smith


Cardell Hayes' mugshot


Cardell Hayes and his son


Racquel Smith, pictured at Cardell's trial


Kevin O'Neill, the passenger in Cordell's car that night


Protestors outside the courthouse


On April 9, 2016, a road rage shooting took place in New Orleans, Louisiana that would claim the life of former NFL star Will Smith. With conflicting stories from both sides, what would happen during the trial of the man accused of killing him?


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Charles Erickson


Kent Heitholt


Ryan Ferguson


Charles Erickson testifying against Ryan Ferguson


Kent's car in the Columbia Daily Tribune parking lot


Ryan Ferguson leaving prison with Dateline's Keith Morrison


Ryan's post-release press conference


Crime scene photo with M Boyd in the background


Charles Erickson and his mom


It’s a story that has been told numerous times before – On Halloween night in 2001, Kent Heitholt, a 48-year-old sports editor, was brutally murdered in the Columbia Tribune parking lot as he was leaving work.

Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson were arrested years later and charged with murder, although none of the forensic evidence at the scene matched either of the men. The case would slowly fall apart, amid witness recantations, and accusations of corruption.

Ryan would eventually be released, but Charlie remains in prison. In this episode, I speak to Charlie and get his side of the story, along with updates in the case. Visit FreeCharlesErickson.com for more info.

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Corporal Bryon Dickson (left) and Trooper Alex Douglass 


Blooming Grove Barracks


Eric Frein


Eric Frein Arrest


Eric Frein Campsite


Pipe bomb found at campsite


Manhunt Map


In September 2014, the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, Pennsylvania came under attack by a sniper, hiding in the woods.

What followed was a tragedy, a manhunt, and a death penalty trial.

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Aaron Hernandez in the NFL


Daniel de Abreu


Safiro Furtado


Alexander Bradley


Aaron after hearing the verdict


Aaron and his Defense team


In March 2017, former NFL star and already-convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez went on trial for the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Daniel and Safiro were murdered in July 2012, after a possible encounter with Aaron Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.

Five days after his trial was over, an unexpected turn of events would change Aaron’s criminal record forever.

Music in this episode by:

Lisa Cecilia Harnum


Simon Gittany


Lisa and Simon


Simon And Rachelle Louise


69 seconds before Lisa's death


Simon in the elevator after Lisa's death


Simon on his way outside after Lisa's death


The note found in Lisa's pocket


On July 30, 2011, 30-year-old Lisa Cecilia Harnum died, after falling from her 15th floor balcony. Her fiancé, Simon Gittany, was arrested and charged with murder. Thank you to Melissa for suggesting this case, and a special thank you to Andrea Alden and Amy Dale, for helping me out with this episode.

Follow Amy Dale on Twitter: @amydale_tweets

Check out Amy Dale’s book about the case, The Fall https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Amy-Dale/dp/1459687906

Music featured in this episode:


Charlie Tan


The Tan Home


Prosecutor Gargan Argues in Court


On Thursday, February 5, 2015, 19-year-old Cornell University student Charlie Tan suddenly left campus to return to his hometown, over 100 miles away. Four days later, his mother would place a 911 call that would change their lives forever.

NOTE: To listen to the 911 calls in their entirety, check out the Democrat & Chronicle for their complete coverage.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

Music in this episode by:


Kenia Monge


Kenia and her mom, Maria


Kenia and her sister Kim


Kenia and her siblings


The memorial site where Kenia was found


Kenia's engraved stone


19-year-old Kenia Monge disappeared after a night out with friends on April 1, 2011. As her family launched a desperate campaign to find her, her father met with the man who last saw her, a man who said he had tried giving her a ride home the night she went missing. From that moment on, her father knew they would never find her alive.

A special thank you to Tony and Maria Lee, Kenia’s parents, for speaking with me about their daughter’s case. 

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.

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Christy Mack and War Machine


Christy's injuries


Christy testifies against War Machine


War Machine at his trial


In August 2014, 22-year-old Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas were abruptly awoken in the middle of the night by Christy’s ex-boyfriend, an MMA fighter named War Machine.  What followed was a brutal attack that would land both of them in the hospital with severe injuries, and cause War Machine to go on the run.

War Machine was captured and went on trial in March 2017. Christy had to face her attacker in court and recount brutal details from not only that night, but from throughout their relationship.

If you’d like to discuss this case, please join our active discussion on the Court Junkie Discussion Facebook Group.


Music in this episode from freemusicarchive.org under Attribution license:

– Haka by Rocco Granata – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/Works_1733/Rocco_Granata_-_04_-_Haka
– Eyelids Grow Heavy by Master Toad – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Master_Toad/Lucid_Dreamer_Nightmare_Progression_5/02_-_Master_Toad_-_Eyelids_Grow_Heavy
– Undead by Rocco Granata – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rocco_Granata/Works_1733/Rocco_Granata_-_03_-_Undead
– Never Asked by Unheard Music Concepts – http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Unheard_Music_Concepts/Industry/04_Never_Asked

Cody Legebokoff


Jill Stuchenko


Loren Leslie


Cynthia Maas


Natasha Montgomery


In November 2010, 20-year-old Cody Legebokoff was pulled over by an RCMP officer while speeding away from a dark abandoned road. Little did the officer realize that his actions that night would be stopping a serial killer in his tracks.

This episode covers the case and trial of Cody Legebokoff, one of Canada’s youngest serial killers.

Thank you to Mark Nielsen for helping me cover this story. You can find Mark’s full coverage of the Cody Legebokoff case from the Prince George Citizen here, including the audio from Cody’s interrogations – http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/legebokoff-trial

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Music from dig.ccmixter.org:

In Part 2 of this episode, you’ll hear about the third arrest in the murder of 62-year-old Sheila Von Weise-Mack. And with this arrest, comes some additional shocking evidence against Heather and Tommy, in the form of their own words. You’ll also hear how Heather and Tommy are coping at the Kerobokan Prison in Bali, and what’s next in the investigation.

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