Corey Williams is the kind of person who makes you want to root for him. Sincere, honest and open, he’s a hard worker and a man of few words. And 20 years ago he was sent to death row after a house party ended in the murder of a pizza delivery man. Corey was a mere child of 16, a victim of poverty and intellectually disabled. He was living in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, notorious for its tough-on-crime approach to justice where African American teens were labeled “super predators.” In short, Corey never had a chance. And yet, details of the case didn’t add up.
I produced and directed this episode for CNN with an amazing team: Lindsay Dittman and Eric Thielman, who landed the interviews and ensured our facts were solid as we told a story full of racism, corruption, and cruelty. Yvette Wojciechowski edited. The series is produced in conjunction with Jigsaw and Sundance Productions.
Death Row Stories explores the fallibility of the ultimate criminal penalty, capital punishment. Told by current and former death row inmates, each episode of Death Row Stories seeks to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case and poses tough questions about the U.S. capital punishment system. Sundays at 9pm, ET/PT on HLN.
Death Row Stories premiered in 2014, and has since been at the forefront of true crime’s popularity exploring capital punishment. Corey’s story airs on May 10 at 9pm ET/PT on HLN, on-demand and streaming at CNNgo.