In 1984, Deborah Sykes, a young white newspaper reporter, was sexually assaulted and murdered just blocks from where she worked in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Though no physical evidence implicated him, Darryl Hunt, a 19-year-old black man, was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in prison. Such a crime is often punishable by death.
Ten years later, DNA testing proved that Hunt did not rape Sykes, and cast serious doubts on his involvement in her murder, but he spent another decade behind bars before being exonerated. The eye-opening HBO documentary THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT tells his riveting story - and the story of those who fought to clear his name.
More than a decade in the making, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT examines the roles of race and fear in a community and in the criminal justice system.
THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT will premiere on Thursday, April 26 at 8 pm on HBO.
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A special screening will be held in Washington, DC on April 24.