“The Innocent Man” key art. [Netflix]

Netflix revealed key art for The Innocent Man and set a December 14 debut for the six-part true crime docuseries based on the non-fiction book by author John Grisham.

The series delves into two murders that shook the small town of Ada, Okla., and the controversial chain of events that followed, according to Netflix. The book, “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town,” focuses on Ronald Keith Williamson, who was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder and spent 11 years on death row before being exonerated.

The series blends new footage with archival video and photos. It includes interviews with victims’ friends and families, Ada residents, attorneys, journalists, and others involved in the cases—including Grisham as well as attorney Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.

The Innocent Man is developed and executive produced by Clay Tweel (Finders Keepers, Gleason, Out of Omaha), who also directs, and Ross Dinerstein. Executive producers also include Grisham and David Gernert. The series is produced by Maura Anderson and Shannon Riggs.

“As a filmmaker I often find that the best stories are the ones we tell ourselves, but what surprised me was the extent to which that idea also permeates the criminal justice system,” said Tweel in a statement. “By re-examining these old cases I hope that viewers will identify the biases involved, even their own.”


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