TV: 20/20 interviews Anthony Harris about his Ohio conviction


ABC’s “20/20” interviews Anthony Harris, who in 1998, at just 12 years old, falsely confessed to the murder of his five-year-old neighbor in Ohio.

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Deadline (9 p.m., NBC) -Josh Mankiewicz tells the story of Annastasia “Annie” Hester, who in June 2016 was stabbed in bed while sleeping in her apartment in Gresham, Oregon, a suburb outside of Portland. While investigating his death, detectives uncovered personal details that pointed to several suspects and possible motives for his murder. Mankiewicz interviews Gresham Police Detective Aaron Turnage; Annie’s sister-in-law, Dyanna Holmes; roommates of Annie’s ex-husband and others.

20/20: Gone Before the Storm (9 p.m., ABC) – ABC anchor John Quiñones tells the story of Anthony Harris who, in 1998, at just 12 years old, confessed to murdering his five-year-old neighbor, Devan Duniver, in the small town of New Philadelphia, Ohio. From ABC: “But even after a judge found him guilty, Harris and his lawyers maintained his innocence, saying police coerced his confession using intimidating interrogation techniques on the child. After spending two years in juvenile detention, Harris won her appeal and later had her conviction overturned. Quiñones has an exclusive interview with Harris, which explains why he confessed to a crime he didn’t commit, the psychological damage he suffered, and the search for Duniver in the woods behind his house, where members of the search party found his body. . With Duniver’s killer still at large, the program also features interviews with key trial witnesses and members of the search team who offer insight into a mysterious and suspicious man they allegedly saw hiding during the search. The report contains tons of interviews, as well as archival footage from Quiñones’ 1999 interview with Harris.

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Brooke Cain is from North Carolina and has worked at The News & Observer for over 25 years. She is the editor of service journalism and writes about television and local media for The N&O’s Happiness is a Warm TV blog.

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