Season: 5. Episodes: 7
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 5 of Court in the Act ran from February to October 2022. There are seven video episodes.
Murder of High Schooler, Riley Crossman
Season 5, Episode 7. Released October 25th, 2022
Murder of her Husband, Michael Redlick
Season 5, Episode 6. Released August 28th, 2022
Danielle Redlick is on trial for second degree murder and tampering with evidence charges.
Danielle called 911 to report the death of her husband, Michael Redlick to authorities on January 12th, 2019.
Danielle told authorities that Michael had died of a heart attack after stabbing himself.
However it emerged that Michael had already been dead for at least 11 hours before Danielle had reported his death, and that he had not died of a heart attack.
Michael had died of a single stab wound to the shoulder which had damaged his lung.
Even later, Danielle admitted that she had inflicted Michael’s fatal stab wound.
Danielle had been incarcerated for 3 years awaiting trial.
The verdict was decided on 17th June 2022.
Murder of his Parents and Brother
Season 5, Episode 5. Released June 29th, 2022
Chandler Halderson is accused of killing and dismembering his father, Bart Halderson, and his mother, Krista Halderson.
Chandler initially reported his parents missing, claiming they didn’t return from a weekend trip.
The remains of Chandler’s father Bart were soon found, and the remains of his mother Krista, were found a few days later in a different location.
Prosecutors say Chandler killed his parents on July 1, 2021 after his father discovered he'd been lying about attending College.
It turned out the Chandler had woven a web of lies to not only his parents, but to his girlfriend and practically everyone he knew.
Chandler lied not only about attending college, but falsified years of emails that were supposedly correspondence from college officials. Chandler lied that he worked for American Family Insurance and as a scuba diver, and lied about being offered a position at aerospace company SpaceX
When Chandler’s web of deceit began to come unraveled, he made some very bad decisions.
Chandler is charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide.
This video documents the January 2022 trial, the State of Wisconsin vs. Chandler Halderson.
Hit Man Murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers
Season 5, Episode 4. Released May 9th, 2022
Doctor Teresa Sievers’ dead body was discovered in her Florida home on June 29 2015. The state’s theory is that her husband Mark Sievers, 51, orchestrated the murder. He recruited childhood friend Curtis Wayne Wright Jr., 51, who in turn recruited Jimmy Rodgers, 29, to help out. When the victim returned home alone from a New York vacation, Wright and Rodgers ambushed her in her home and ended her life.
In August 2015, police arrested Jimmy Rodgers, and were able to build a case from evidence sourced with the help of Rodgers girlfriend at the time, Taylor Shomaker.
Lee Circuit Judge Bruce Kyle said the murder of Teresa Sievers, 46, was one of the most horrific he has seen.
Rodgers originally faced a first-degree murder charge and the possibility of the death penalty, however the Lee County jury found Rodgers guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder, as well as trespassing, on Oct. 23 2019. Life in prison is the maximum sentence for that verdict.
Road Rage Homicide of Jason Cleereman
Season 5, Episode 3. Released March 31st, 2022
Jason Cleereman, 54, and his wife, Evanjelina, were driving from a tavern on the night of September 22, 2020. Evanjelina, who was driving, testified that she had to swerve when Edgecomb, 32, on a bicycle, rushed westbound Brady Street from the sidewalk. Edgecomb asserts that the car driven by Evanjelina actually hit him, and that Jason yelled a racial slur at him.
As the Cleeremans were stopped in Holton Street, Edgecomb rode up behind them, pulled up near the passenger door, asked Cleereman if he had spoken to him, and then punched him in the face after Cleereman replied “yes”.
Surveillance video stills of the shooter were identified by a neighbor as Theodore Edgecomb.
The Cleeremans pulled their car over near Edgecomb as he cycled north over the Holton Street Bridge. Cleereman got out of the car and walked towards Edgecomb who had moved up to stairs that lead down to Swing Park on Water Street, below the bridge. When Cleereman got within about 3 feet, Edgecomb fired a single shot which killed Cleereman.
Edgecomb left town and was not arrested until about six months later after a traffic stop in Kentucky.
Edgecomb was on bail for two pending cases at the time of the shooting. As a condition of bail in each case, Edgecomb was not allowed to have a firearm. On the first day of the trial, he pleaded guilty to two counts of jumping bail which had been charged in addition to the homicide charge.
The trial took place in January 2022, and the Milwaukee County jury took about 2 1/2 hours to find Theodore Edgecomb guilty of first-degree reckless homicide for killing immigration attorney Jason Cleereman in the 2020 road rage incident.
The verdict came about 30 minutes after the jury asked to review police surveillance video of the Holton Street Bridge shooting, which the jurors had already seen many times during the trial.
Edgecomb faces a sentence of up to 60 years. Sentencing is scheduled for April 8th, 2022.
Murder of ex-boyfriend Alex Woodworth
Season 5, Episode 2. Released February 27th, 2022
Early evening on Thursday March 22nd 2018, Don Sipple, a dairy farmer in rural Spring Brook township, in Devon County, Wisconsin, received an unexpected knock on his door from a young woman, Ezra McCandless. Ezra appeared in an obvious state of distress, bloody, muddy and shoeless, and claiming that she was the victim of an assault. Don called 911.
Ezra initially had a very hazy recollection of the events of Thursday afternoon, saying she didn’t know the details of what had happened. Later on her narrative changed when investigators let her know that they had found her car with the dead body of Alex Woodworth inside. Ezra then asserted that her former boyfriend, Alex, had assaulted her and carved the word ‘boy’ into her arm, and she had stabbed him in self-defense. Shortly later her narrative changed again, with Ezra admitting that she had scratched the word into her arm herself, after stabbing Alex.
Ezra’s trial occurred from 15th October – 1st November 2019.
The defense's closing argument asserted that McCandless was “fighting for her life”, claiming McCandless acted in self-defense.
Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf said no evidence pointed to the claim of self-defense. She also said McCandless purposely staged the crime scene.
The State said the DNA and physical evidence show McCandless was lying about what happened and said, based on the evidence and witness testimony, McCandless could not have killed Woodworth in self-defense.
Ezra McCandless was found guilty. In the state of Wisconsin, first degree intentional homicide carries the potential for a life sentence.
Nearly two years after Alex’s slaying – on February 7, 2020 – A judge in Dunn County sentenced Ezra to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 50 years, when she will be 72 years old.
Invasion of privacy of suicide victim, Tyler Clementi
Season 5, Episode 1. Released February 1st, 2022