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Tic Toc Tic Toc, Life or Death. The Jeffrey Havard Case

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In 1999 comedians Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence starred in the hit comedy movie titled Life.  It was a movie based on two men who were set up to be the fall guys to a murder by a racist Sheriff, who in fact was the murderer himself.  Ray(Eddie Murphy) and Claude(Martin Lawrence) were sentenced to LIFE without parole.  The two spent 4 decades  trying to clear their names.  The prison featured in the movie was Parchman prison in Mississippi.  In 2003, Jeffrey Havard was convicted of  1st degree murder during the commision of sexual battery.  The alleged victim was 6 month old Chole Britt, Jeffrey's live in girlfriend's daughter.  Initially, Chole's mother Rebecca made statements that Jeffrey was an active part of Chole's life and he often changed her diapers, made bottles, etc.  However, at trial, her story changed.  Evidence was not kept, no pictures supporting Jeffrey's statements were taken.  Jeffrey's defense attorney never called one witness on his behalf and sat in the courtroom shaking his leg restlessly.  The defense attorney was later arrestted for possesion of cocaine for personal use.  The "expert" Steven Hayne, who testified Chole was anally raped based on a 1 centimeter bruise inside her buttocks was not a certified or licensed examiner.  The DNA the state said was Jeffrey's semen found on the sheets on the baby bed was later tested and proofed to be Gerber Banana baby food, just as Jeffrey had stated to police.  Yet, Jeffrey Havard sits on deathrow as inmate L3955.  What made Rebecca change her story?  How did Hayne become the "expert" of sexual abuse?  Was this a tragic accident of Chole being dropped getting out of the bathtub and hitting her head as Jeffrey has said since day one?  Tune in this Wednesday at 6 PM EST as we discuss the Jeffrey Havard case with some surprise guest.