America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back is known for it's dedication to putting criminals behind bars, but this week you can be apart of their efforts to help one convicted killer gain his freedom... and prove his innocence.
TURNING THE TABLES: CRIME-FIGHTING SHOW HIGHLIGHTS CASE THAT COULD SET CONVICTED KILLER FREE.
“America’s Most Wanted” Investigation Shows
Justice May NOT Have Been Done.
(May 28, 2009), Washington, D.C. – For more than two decades, “America’s Most Wanted” has profiled fugitives and asked the public to help cops chase them down. But in a special episode this Saturday May 30th (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, AMW Host John Walsh will ask viewers to consider whether one man caught, tried and convicted of murder should NOT be behind bars. In a turnabout for a show that has helped thousands of people get justice, Walsh will investigate a case that raises the question of whether justice has truly been served.
When police found the body of a Missouri woman floating in a river, with a cement block tied around her waist, they immediately suspected the victim’s son, Dale Helmig. Investigators felt that Helmig knew too much about the crime. During his trial, prosecutors argued he killed his mother because she would no longer support him financially. A jury agreed, and he was sentenced to life in prison.
But now there’s evidence that Helmig may not have received a fair trial, and that the jury that convicted him may have been misled. In the special broadcast, John Walsh reconstructs the murder, the investigation and the trial, and asks whether the actual killer is still on the loose.
In its 22 seasons, AMW has helped law enforcement capture more than 1,060 dangerous criminals. Now for the first time, the series may help lead to the release of an innocent man.
AMERICA’S MOST WANTED airs Saturdays, 9 PM ET/PT, 8 PM CT on FOX. AMW is produced by STF Productions; Inc. Lance Heflin is Executive Producer. Steve Katz is Co-Executive Producer.