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New MTV documentary series looks at wrongful conviction in NC

Eva Nagao, left, and Ryan Ferguson of MTV’s “Unlocking the Truth.”
Eva Nagao, left, and Ryan Ferguson of MTV’s “Unlocking the Truth.” MTV

A new serialized documentary debuting tonight on MTV takes a look at three cases of alleged wrongful convictions, including a murder case in Winston-Salem.

“Unlocking the Truth” features Ryan Ferguson, who at 19 years old was convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, and Eva Nagao, Managing Director of the Exoneration Project at Chicago University's School of Law​, independently investigating three cases over the course of the series.

Wednesday’s debut episode centers on Michael Politte of Missouri, convicted in 2002 of murdering his mother.

According to a schedule on the MTV site, the Winston-Salem case of Kalvin Michael Smith, convicted of beating Jill Marker at the Silk Plant Forest in 1995, seems to be addressed in the second episode (Aug. 24, 11 p.m.).

The debut episode airs tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 17) at 11 p.m., but there are many repeats throughout the week. New episodes air each Wednesday night at 11. Check out the schedule and read more about the series at mtv.com/shows/unlocking-the-truth.