Season: 2. Episodes: 5.
We use court cam footage from true crime trials and condense the processes of the trial to about an hour. The evidence that leads to the conviction, including witness testimonies, fingerprints, DNA evidence, murder weapons and forensic pathologist reports are all included. Red herrings and false statements that perpetrators use to defend themselves are usually omitted.
Season 2 of Court in the Act ran from August 2020 to December 2020, and included the 5 following video episodes.
Murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom - State Trial
Season 2, Episode 5. Released 14th December 2020
August 2019 State Trial. Channon Gail Christian, aged 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., aged 23, were from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were kidnapped on the evening of January 6, 2007, when Christian's vehicle was carjacked, and taken to a rental house, where both of them were raped, tortured, and murdered. Four males and one female were arrested, charged, and convicted in the case. In 2007, a grand jury indicted Letalvis D. Cobbins, Lemaricus Davidson, George Thomas, and Vanessa Coleman on counts of kidnapping, robbery, rape, and murder. Also in 2007, Eric Boyd was indicted by a federal grand jury of being an accessory to a carjacking, resulting in serious bodily injury to another person, and misprision of a felony.
On April 16, 2008, Eric Boyd was found guilty in Federal court of being an accessory to a fatal carjacking and for failing to report the location of a known fugitive. Boyd was the first to go to trial, the only suspect not charged with murder. He was sentenced to the maximum of 18 years in Federal prison.
On March 20, 2018, eleven years after the murders, a Knox County grand jury returned a thirty-six count indictment charging Eric Boyd with first-degree felony murder, first-degree premeditated murder, especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated rape in the murders. After more than a year in pre-trial motions, Boyd finally went to trial on the state charges in August 2019. On August 13, 2019, a jury found Boyd guilty on nearly all charges, including premeditated first-degree murder and rape against both victims. He was also convicted on charges of carjacking, robbery, and kidnapping. Boyd was found guilty of lesser charges on two counts. Instead finding him guilty of especially aggravated armed robbery, the jury found Boyd guilty of aggravated armed robbery. The judge immediately sentenced Boyd to life in prison, stating that a life sentence was automatic for the murder conviction.
Murder of her Mother and Stepfather
Season 2, Episode 4. Released 1st October 2020
2019 trial. Instead of watching hours of trial and testimonies, we bring you the evidence that tips the scales of justice, condensed into less than an hour.
Nachtman was convicted of two first-degree, premeditated murder charges. Her defense unsuccessfully argued the former Florida State University student was insane at the time of the killings.
Amber Guyger, Dallas PD
mISTAKEN APARTMENT Murder of Botham Jean
Season 2, Episode 3. Released 20th September 2020
2019 trial. On September 6, 2018, off-duty Dallas Police Department patrol officer Amber Guyger entered the Dallas, Texas, apartment of 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean and fatally shot him. Guyger said that she had entered the apartment believing it was her own and that she shot Jean believing he was a burglar. Guyger was not arrested for several days, and then was initially charged with manslaughter, creating mistrust in the process and outrage over the killing of an unarmed African American citizen. It resulted in protests and accusations of racial bias and she was later charged with murder. On October 1, 2019, Guyger was found guilty of murder. The next day, she received a sentence of ten years in prison.
Trial for Murder of his Family
Season 2, Episode 2. Released 14th September 2020
2020 trial. Donald Hartung has been found guilty in the triple murder of his mother and two half-brothers.
Prosecutors say Hartung, 63, beat his mother, Bonnie Smith, and brother, John Smith in the head with a hammer and slit their throats on July 28, 2015. The state says Hartung then shot his brother Richard Thomas Smith in the head, before slitting his throat.
The jury returned the guilty verdict at the Escambia County Courthouse at about 5:30 p.m. They had been deliberating for about four hours.
Hartung is said to have killed his family to become the living heir at law to more than $800,000 in inheritance from his mother. His mother had intentionally left Hartung out of the will, prosecutors said.
Murder of his PARENTS AND bROTHER
Season 2, Episode 1. Released 29th August 2020
Florida man Grant Amato used more than US$200,000 of his family’s money to spend on a Bulgarian webcam model.
His family tried to help him by sending him to a $15,000 rehab centre, which he attended for a less than 2 weeks.
A month later Grant’s mother, father and brother were found dead in the family’s Chuluota, Florida home.
Grant was soon found at a hotel in Orange County, and was subsequently arrested for first degree murder.