When lies lead to wrongful convictions

Sam Hadaway stands on a Milwaukee overpass near where the body of Jessica Payne, 16, was discovered in 1995. Hadaway says he was pressured by police to plead to a lesser crime and falsely implicate Chaunte Ott in the teenager’s murder. Ott was later exonerated by DNA evidence. Hadaway is now filing a motion to undo his felony conviction.

“This case was essentially a case where it appeared to be going nowhere and the detectives in this case built this case out of absolutely nothing,” Mark Williams, a Milwaukee County assistant district attorney, said at trial. “They deserve the credit of the community for the job that they did.” Continue Reading