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// st ar t on this episode of "death row stories --" >> would you like to think that upstanding citizens won't suffer torture and murder in their own home. >> after a brutal murder, detectives accuse a woman with no criminal record -- >> he said we will break you. >> until the mother of an american hero puts her all into a fate for freedom. >> i knew she was not guilty. it should be obvious to anyone. when i saw that, my jaw dropped. >> this is one of the most egregious cases i have ever seen. >> there is a body in the water. >> he was butchered and murdered. >> many people proclaimed their innocence. >> in this case there are a number of things that stink. >> this man is remorseless.
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>> the electric chair flashed in front of my eyes. >> get a conviction at all costs. let the truth fall where it may. >> december 9th, 1981. little broke the afternoon quiet in sacramento's rosemont neighborhood. then at this modest home on rosewood avenue there was a knock on the door. ed davies was in the kitchen. his wife grace checked out the wind over and opened the door for a repairman. >> he said, ma'am, we got a report about your phone. and we would like to look into it. and she said, okay, well, come on in. >> he went to the telephone and then turned around and pointed a gun at she and her husband. he then hog tied them, put blankets over their heads so
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they couldn't see. >> grace davies heard a second man enter her home. >> the perpetrators were screaming, where's the silver? where's the gold? >> ed davies was an amateur coin collector. but he had never told his wife about the trove of precious metals he had hidden in their home. now he refused to tell the robbers. >> and then one of the perpetrators put a navy to her neck and said if you don't tell us where the gold, is we'll kill her. so mr. davies told them where the silver was and the gold. >> for hours, grace listened as the strangers dug in the garage. then one of the men walked back into the kitchen. confronted with an unfamiliar sound. >> she heard a ping and then she felt her husband's legs quivering on her legs.
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>> and then grace heard a similar sound and probably did not realize it but it was bullet hitting her head. >> against all odds, the elderly woman regained consciousness hours later. someone had reentered the house. >> grace didn't move. she was half in shock and half just lying still, hoping they would go away. she could tell her husband was moving and then she heard another gunshot. and then she didn't feel her husband moving at all. >> terrified and bleeding, grace eventually freed her hands and trade to dial 911. only to find the line had been cut. she dragged herself to the couch and collapsed. >> in the morning early, all of a sudden the tv comes blaring
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on. >> it woke her up. so she crawled outside on her hands and knees. >> a shocked commuter found grace bloodied and unconscious. miraculously the 76-year-old woman would survive. police arrived and discovered ed davies' lifeless body. >> you would like to think that upstanding krits won't suffer that kind of torture and murder in their own home. >> detectives found no finger prints at the scene but they did learn ed had recently bought two bags of silver at the coin shop owned by a man named virg i am fletcher. estimated value, $27,000. >> who knew that? what's the connection? how did somebody know that this large cache of silver was in the home? >> during an unrelated arrest
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days later, a local criminal told detectives who might have done the davies job. >> that was gary masse and steve desantis. they were well known thieves, fair do wells, thugs. >> i don't think the police were at all surprised. >> steven was an angry young guy that just didn't know how to make a living other than robbing people. gary is unstable. he was a regular drug addict had a had more ins to the criminal element. the first thing the police did was go after gary masse and steven desantis. >> police launched a man. for days came up empty handed. meanwhile, grace davies recovered and told police that a suspicious woman had come to her door a week before the robbery. police now believed there was a third conspirator and it was
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confirmed when joy an was there. >> he was not a dumb woman. if you're the one to get the information, you're the one to get the better deal. the first thing she said was say my husband was involved. but steven desanlts fired the shots. >> sheriffs demanded to talk to gary and she promised she would bring him in. but deck yifls also wanted to know how gary and steven had learned about ed davies' treasure. >> joanne came one gloria. >> she said a woman named gloria hemmed plan the robbery. >> gary is completely innocent and it is gloria and steven desantis who are totally responsible. >> the new suspect was gloria killian, a 35-year-old divorcee and law student. she was renting a room from virgil fletcher, the owner of allied coin when she saw the davies murder on tv.
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>> i said oh, my god, that's horrible. that poor woman had lived at the end of the is the the and all those horrible things happened to her. it was awful. >> a week later, gloria was helping out at her boyfriend's auto body shop when police came calling. >> we didn't happen to have a customer scheduled then. we were going on close for lunch and have sex. we got everything locked up. i'm busy taking my shirt off and there comes a knock on the door. >> four sheriffs come to the door and they say we want to talk to gloria killian. >> i was mortified. can they come talk to us? sure. no problem. >> they were taking gloria to be questioned as the alleged mastermind. >> as we're walking out the gate, little miss big mouth goes -- >> you have the worst timing. i always get caught. >> they fell into a kind of formation. one guy behind me, one guy in the side of me and one guy kind of leading me. and i'm thinking, this is really
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on december 16th, 1981, sheriffs brought gloria killian in for questioning. >> we are investigating the death of ed davies. we want to talk to you in regard to that. >> gloria thought she would be asked about her landlord, virgil fletcher. >> the man that was ordered was a coin checker. gloria thought she was being brought down the give them any
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information about virgil. >> but detectives suspected gloria of orchestrating the deadly home robbery. >> then they just started attacking me. >> we have been talking to a lot of people. your name has come up. >> in what regard? >> that's what i wanted you to tell me. >> we know you planld this. we know you know everything that happened. and i went, huh? >> detectives believed gloria had coaxed information from virgil about ed davies' hidden treasure. >> they asked her questions. do you know ed davies? and she said i don't think so. well have you been to his house? well, if i don't know him, i don't think i've been to his house. >> i have a tendency to be a little flip when i'm nervous. >> gloria also insisted she had never met the alleged perpetrators. >> i had no idea what they were talking about. i couldn't figure out why they shaut i had set this up. >> there is a distinction between being cooperative and being honest.
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>> you aren't being honest. >> the more i said i didn't know, the angrier it made them. one of them spend the time staring at me. staring in my eyes. but i still didn't have anything to tell them. >> after two hours, detectives had had enough. >> they stood up and said you're under arrest for the murder of edward davies. everything just started to narrow in front of me. and it was almost like, what i could hear were echos. i couldn't really hear what they were saying. >> you don't want to take a polygraph. is that what you're saying? >> i'm saying am i being arrested. i don't want to answer any more questions if i'm being arrested. >> whatever is wrong with these fools, i am not talking to them anymore. that made them really mad. >> a detective handcuffed gloria for the trip to county jail. >> he said, you are going someplace that no nice little white girl like has ever been. and we will break you.
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>> gloria killian was not the usual suspect. a year earlier, gloria was on her way to becoming a lawyer. no mean feat for a 35-year-old wife and stepmother who never attended college. >> what a life. she loved the law. she studied at home for the law boards and scored incredibly high. >> i was married at the time. i was bored out of my skull. i absolutely totally believed in the law. and they second me. >> but gloria's personal life disrupted her law school career. >> she got into a dreadfully difficult love affair. she was married. he was married. >> gloria divorced to be with her lover but the relationship soon turned ugly. >> i had to get away from him. it was screwing up my grades, it was screwing up every single thing. i needed to just get out of there for a while.
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>> it has been said that she took a leave of absence. she didn't take a leave of absence. she dropped out. she didn't have a place to live shelf didn't have a husband and she didn't have any money. >> i was literally looking for friends which is how i met the people that i shouldn't have met. >> one of gloria's new best friends was a 60-year-old woman named niva snyder. >> i really became very fond of her. i probably was looking for a mother. she was that much older. what i didn't realize, because he didn't have a scrap of street sense was that there was someone involved in the drug trade. >> neva dealt drug amphetamine. >> as someone who hadn't the faintest idea how to express her feels, i think self-medication was the answer. a pill here, a pill there, some powder. >> that was the criminal element where that little area hung out.
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neva's house. >> the regulars at the house included gary and joane masse. the day after gloria was arrested, gary finally turn himself in. >> gary was known to use a lot of valium. and he milford with it street drugs including heroin. and he was cattonic. >> he refused to answer questions. but his wife had already confessed for him and implicated gloria. two days later with gunman steven desanlts still on the run, gary and gloria were arraign together in a capital murder case. >> the electric chair flashed in front of my eyes. there is something about hearing the word death. that really does take you to another plane. >> gloria was held without bail for four months. when she finally got a hearing to determine if prosecutors
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could proceed to trial, she was shocked to see the judge. >> there's her former legal professor presiding over a case where she is facing the death penalty. >> judge sheldon, my family law professor. it was just mortifying. >> but judge grossfelt soon lost patience with the prosecution. >> they couldn't proceed to trial. there was no evidence. so of course it was dismissed. >> even as gloria stepped out into the street as a free woman, she felt uneasy. >> i had this weird feeling. i would say it was like some sort of internal dread. and i trade really hard to get rid of it but i couldn't. >> just one year later gloria would be arrested for the murder of ed davies again. when it comes to good nutrition...i'm no expert.
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one year after the murder of ed davies, the alleged gunman was still a fugitive. his partner gary masse went on trial for murder. >> gary's trial lasted very, very short time and he was found guilty almost immediately. >> gary admitted that he was part of the scheme. and under the aiding and abetting laws in california, he was guilty. >> gary was sentenced to life with no possibility of parole. he didn't see it coming. >> a lot of people feel that it went beyond where i wanted it to go. i didn't do the shooting.
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everyone will realize i'm not guilty of murder and they have noo they are standing on that railroad track in a train of guilt is about to run them right over. >> when the reality of his sentence hit, gary quickly requested a meeting with police. >> gary tells the sheriff's department, i want to talk now if you're willing to listen. he wanted a reduced sentence and he didn't want to be known as being a snitch. he thought he would get a knife in the back. he wanted immunity for his wife. >> why would gary masse's wife need immunity? the answer would only emerge months later in the halls of the local courthouse. a grandmother named elizabeth lee spotted joane masse and rushed to find a court officer. >> she said i just solved my case. they're the people right there. and she pointed to gary and his wife. >> lee had also been the victim of a home invasion and just like
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grace davies, lee said a suspicious woman had come to her door. she was now certain it was joane masse. the assistant d.a. was in the courthouse but the reaction was not what he expected. >> they're hustling around saying we can't have this. that was the end of it. >> just as gary masse had requested, the prosecutor turned a blind eye to the alleged crimes. he also moved gary to a new prison under an assumed name. and a reduced sentence? that would be decided at a later date. >> and then gary became the chief witness for the prosecution. >> gary masse says, gloria killian is the one who gave me the information. gloria killian told him about the davies and went with him to the house a week or so ago. >> gary now painted gloria as the crime's mastermind.
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unfazed by the murder, gloria called afterwards. one year after she was released, sheriffs arrived at gloria's work again. >> now because of what gary is saying, they can arrest gloria again. >> when they start unsnapping their holsters, this is not the time to discuss it. >> again, gloria was locked away without bail. the death penalty looming over her. >> i had terrible nightmares. i'm in a prison and i can't get out. someone is chasing me. you don't know who. i was afraid. >> but in late 1983, a california supreme court ruling changed everything. people charged as accomplices to murder could no longer face execution. >> the death penalty is off the table. and that was that. >> since she doesn't get death
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penalty, she is allowed to be out on bail. >> gloria was eligible for bail but there were objections from the new prosecutor on the case. an assistant d.a. named kit cleland. >> kit was far more emotional than the first prosecutor. he was angry and very sarcastic. she is a murderer, she's going to run. and he seemed to feel he was the avenging angel of god. >> the judge didn't buy it. >> look. did you pull her off an international flight? did you catch her running down the road? no. not exactly. and the judge said, you know what? she's out on $25,000 bail and you can leave her alone. >> gloria was free on bail for almost two years. but waiting for her day in court proved to be an emotional roller coaster. >> i would go from thinking they
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will never convict me of something i did not do to thinking they'll send me away a million years. did i everything i could to avoid it. there was no way that i could even cope with the idea. >> shutting herself off, gloria missed some critical developments. the fbi discovered steven desantis holed up in texas. he went on trial in 1985. >> i acted as if it had nothing to do with me at all. i should have been studying the daily transcript of it. i would have known that stephen desanlts said he never heard of me. said he never saw me in my life. >> the star witness against stephen desantis was gary masse. the jury sentenced him to death. gary would never testify at gloria's trial. starting just five days later.
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four years after ed davies was killed, gloria killian went on trial as the heist's master mind. the prosecutor called coin dealer virgil fletcher who once told police that his tenant, gloria, plied him for
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information about davies. >> virgil didn't directly say that gloria killian was involved but she talk to him about wanting to meet mr. davies and does he date younger women, will everything out on his wife, so she had an interest. >> virgil said i was asking about mr. davies. i didn't know the davies. i didn't know they had money. i didn't know they shopped at allied coins. >> and under oath, virgil seemed hesitant to implicate gloria. the prosecutor kit cleland also called the widow to the stand wanting her to identify gloria as the suspicious woman who came to the door. >> grace daiflies was 80 years old with a bullet in her head. she had five or six times been unable to identify gloria as the woman who came to the door. and i think she finally said, well, it could be. >> despite these struggles,
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cleland did not call joane masse. she was suspected of committeding similar robberies with her husband. the case came down to the star witness. gary masse. >> gloria is almost relieved. they're not going to take the word of a career criminal over me. that would make no sense. >> the jurors are instructed, they don't to have believe gary masse. and they listen and they found him to be credible. >> masse testified that he met gloria at niva snyder's house and she recruited him to rob the davies. >> he said we went here, we went there and i did it with gloria killian. >> and masse was hard to cross examine. >> because it was a conspiracy case, they didn't to have prove anything gloria actually did which made it very hard for the defense to discredit him. >> gary masse was so loaded during this crime. so he got around an awful lot of
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it by saying, i don't remember, i don't recall. it is all very hazy. it was like trying to fight your way through a bunch of cobwebs. she took the stand still insisting she didn't know the robbers or the victims. kleeland hammered away at her credibility. starting with her first state to police. i always get caught. >> we were just about to lock up and make love. some of her explanations were pretty incredible. >> kleeland also confronted gloria with suspicious notes discovered in her date book. >> they found three or four pages that really caught their attention. she always looking out window. grace davies testified, i never open that front door unless i would see who is there. and then don't approach at coin shop. okay. now it sounds like someone casing the davies themselves.
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and the question, where garage, that would be where the silver is that the perpetrators are for. that's frankly damning to miss killian. >> gloria explained that during law school she moonlighted serving subpoenas. >> i had a lot of one work the word notes. i had descriptions of houses. 30 miles out of town in elk grove or next door. >> she had pages and pages of all kinds of information. the police pulled a few pages out as evidence but it is evidence of nothing. >> cleland argued repeatedly that gloria was less credible than gary masse. masse could be believed, he insisted because there had been no deal made for his testimony. >> there was no deal. he said it a dozen times. >> the prosecution said masse had not been promised that he would receive any benefit. but he hoped that he would get a
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benefit. >> mr. masse was hoping if i tell truth, that judge has to give me something. we never made any kind of deal with him. >> two days later, the jury returned its verdict. guilty of murder in the first degree. gloria was sentenced to 32 to life. >> i just wanted to scream at this jury. are you crazy? how could you do this? how can you possibly believe this? and then they took me away. i lost every single thing that i ever had. but i convinced myself that as long as i could do something to help somebody, that it wasn't just an entire waste of my life. >> in prison, gloria used her
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legal training to write appeal for fellow inmates. and even an article that helped expand battered women's rights. but gloria had no luck on her own case. the state court summary ily dend her appeal. >> i could not understand how i could be so betrayed by everything i believed in. by the law, by the judicial system. how could i have been so betrayed? i didn't think i would make it. >> but in 1992, after six years behind bars, gloria received a visit that would change her life. >> part of my training was, never ask an inmate why she is there. the best thing to do is to sit and listen. they need someone to talk to
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usually. >> joyce is the mother of sally ride. the first american woman in space. joyce had devoted herself to women behind bars and started visiting gloria to discuss battered women. they never spoke about gloria's case. >> joyce is very reserved and gloria is very reserved. they're both norwegian so it is basically two trees talking to each other for a year. >> after a year of getting to know her, i finally said, why are you here? >> it was surprising to me that she would care. nobody -- nobody cared what happened to me. i told her. i told her the whole thing. >> after all these years i'm a pretty good judge of people. people generally believe if a person is in prison, she deserves to be there. that's not necessarily the case.
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>> joyce sent private investigator darryl to visit gloria. >> she said i don't want you doing. this i've had enough. i can't handle it. >> i think she didn't want to get her hope up needlessly. she didn't want to see me waste my money. i did have some inheritance money from my father which i went through rather quickly. i just thought it was worth the expense. >> over gloria's objections, joyce hired carlson who soon found a note in the case files revealing cleland's unorthodox relationship with his star witness, gary masse. >> you don't take a suspect in a murder case home for conjugal visits and chicken and dumpling dinners without handcuffs. it seemed like -- >> in order to get a new trial for glo i can't, he would need
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clear evidence that there was a deal. >> it took a long time. they were closing doors and towed make enemies in the sacramento courts before that letter showed up. >> what carlson found was a letter that had been sealed from the public. a letter to masse's sentencing judge. >> when i saw that, my jaw dropped. if you have moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, like me, and you're talking to your rheumatologist about a biologic... this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain. this is humira helping me lay the groundwork. this is humira helping to protect my joints from further damage. doctors have been prescribing humira for ten years.
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wishing in prison for eight years when an investigator found evidence discrediting kit cleland and his star witness gary masse. >> he found a letter that asked for leniency in the sentence. it was concrete proof that there was a deal being made before gary got to testify in gloria's trail. >> with new evidence emerging, gloria became less reluctant to accept help. >> is it all right if i hire a lawyer? and she said it would be all right. the thought of getting out was in her dream again. >> joyce brought the letter to bill, a top appeal lawyer. >> it was a quid pro quo from
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the beginning. >> gary doesn't implicate gloria, they won't support a reduction in his sentence. as simple as that. >> i was very excited but it was no guarantee we were going to win. >> while it was clear prosecutor cleland had hidden the deal, he still needed to prove that gary masse had lied on the stand. he got help from an unexpected source. two lawyers appointed to appeal gunman steven desanity's death extent. >> it seem we should know as much as the district attorney knew and there was resistance. >> after a protracted court battle, a judge required kleeland to open his files. >> we sat there and went through boxes. we were not allowed to take anything out of the room. i remember looking at this letter and thinking to myself, i can't believe they left this in the fail for us to find. >> whoa! here we had it in writing.
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it was so clearly exculpatory. >> i remember burying it in a pile of other things that we wanted them to copy for us. >> right in the middle. >> yeah. >> it was a letter from gary masse to kit kleeland. there was a central agreement, it read. i gave you desantis and killian. i even lied my ass off on the stand for you people. desantis' lawyers took the letter to gloria. >> we knew nothing of this. it was all concealed. >> i lied my ass off in court for you. that was kind of a bombshell. >> they knew they would have to give me a new trial. they would never let that stand. >> gloria's team presented their case to the california supreme court but they received a one word apply. denied. the next stop would be federal court and the investigator now
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knew he must do more than cast doubt on the prosecution's case. >> you've got to present an alternative explanation about how this could have occurred if gloria was involved. >> cleland had argued that gloria pried information and used to it orchestrate the heist. >> they were able to make it seem as if gloria was the link between virgil research inner and gary masse. and if it wasn't her, how else would this happen? >> well, gary lee smith was the missing piece. >> the people i dealt with, a few other folks and that sort of thing. >> small time sacramento criminal gary lee smith was recruited first to rob the davies. >> an individual approach me, had some information about the value of the thing in the davies house. he told me where the gold and silver would be located. >> but smith wondered whether davies would resist. >> what happens if this guy
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doesn't agree to this? he won't look upon anybody coming in and taking his stuff. well, we'll just shoot him. i certainly knew that i didn't want to get involve in anything like that. the davies are innocent people. they could have been my grandparents. it just wasn't right. >> before gloria's trial, smith approached prosecutor cleland and told them he had been recruited by a man name bob hoard. a convicted felon was neva's son and had connections to virgil fletcher. but cleland never arrested bob hoard. instead he pressed smith to tell him about gloria killian. >> i said i didn't know her. they said well, what was her involvement? none. not that i know of. >> it should have caused them to re-evaluate their case but they had already made up their minds
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and they were filtering out information that was inconsistent with that which happens all the time. >> they took information and that's the last i heard of it. >> for smith's story to help gloria, he would need to find and convince him to testify in open court. all for a woman he had never met. >> gary lee smith had completely turned his life around. and really had no reason to come forward and admit that he was a criminal 20 years ago. >> he asked me if i would come in and testify at her hearing. and i thought, my gosh. i certainly don't want any repercussions or anything. if you wear a denture,
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next sunday. >> on 1989, joe ambrosia was sentenced to die. see how far prosecutors went to get a conviction. meet the witness whose testimony would turn the case upside down and the priest whose unusual background and perseverance became a godsent. >> i was astonished at how far wrong the system can go. >> "death row stories," all new next sunday at 9:00 on cnn after 13 years behind bars, gloria killian would get another day in court. federal judge, gregory hal los, would hear new evidence and determine if she received a good trial. gary lee smith decided to come forward. he testified that bob hoard, not glor wa, had recruited him for the robbery. >> i had to take off work. it seemed inconsequence, really. this gal's life is involved. >> he said somebody else did it. that was the first time i kind
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of got any complete picture of it. i was just amazed. >> but the star witness was gary masse. this time, he would testify for gloria. >> gary masse was very upset at the prosecution. he felt he had been misled. >> they promised me no more than 12 years he said, it would be in a federal prison and i would get drug treatment. i got none of that stuff. >> now, gary masse was ready to come clean about purgering himself at gloria's trial. >> i read passages of the trial and i said, was that the truth or a lie? >> he said, that was a lie. >> that's what i wanted to get. >> all of the sudden, the judge decided to question gary masi himself z that's almost a challenge the way masse saw it. is everything you said on the witness stand a lie? what's your response going to be? no, not everything. >> masse told them a whole new
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story. glor wa was involved but only as a pawn offal real master minds. ach he was convicted, i told cleland what he wanted to here, that glor wa planned the crime. >> she might have been involved in the beginning but really, she had nothing to do with it. >> that's not unusual for witnesses to hedge but gary masse never came off the point that gloria kill yan told him about the davies and that she went with him to the house a week or so before. >> so he is trust worthy? gary masse says to the judge, i lied on the stand. straight up. the conviction is invalid but that's not the way the he have den cheer hearing turned out. >> judge hollows ruled that gary's perjury amounted to harmless error. his deal had not been concealed
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since the jury could have inferred it. he denied gloria's appeal. >> when he said he still thought she was guilty, i thought, you are not a good judge. why are you here? >> six judges had ruled against gloria. joyce was out of money. their last chance was the ninth circuit appeals court which had reversed just one such ruling in the past decade. >> this was the last step in the process. we had lost all along the way. this was her life. that's a huge responsibility and one that anyone would take seriously. >> now, working without pay, jenago submitted the appeal to the ninth circuit's three-judge panel led by judge michael hawkins. >> i was the united states attorney for four years. i prosecuted plenty of cases myself. they are not entitled to a perfect trial. they are entitled to a reasonably fair trial, the defendants in criminal
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proceedings are. >> a year after filing, jenago made a 15-minute oral argument to the court. then, they waited. on march 10th, 2000, gloria was busy advising other inmates. she had been behind bars for 14 years. >> be is came running over and said, you're still here. i said, what are you talking about? she handed me the article from the "l.a. times." that's how i knew. gloria, you're going home. thats wa was the only time i cried. >> i was just glad to hear it finally. what i had known for a long time. >> finally, the ninth circuit looks at what happens and says, this is one of the most
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egregious cases i have ever seen. >> judge hawkins overruled the district court. masse's perjury wasn't harmless. >> the make or break witness. if you have reason not to believe him, you have some lack of confidence in the jury verdict. >> the testimony of a thoroughly discredited purger or. that's what they said. we would say he is a -- liar. >> cleveland also should have disclosed his deal with masse. >> gary masse should have been confronted that he really did have the deal with the prosecution in a fair proceeding, a jury should hear it all. >> together, hawkins wrote, these errors were devastating to confidence in the process. still, prosecutor cleland fought the ruling all the way to the supreme court without success. six months later, gloria was freed. in a rare step, the state bar eventually admonished cleland
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for hiding evidence. >> the state of california finally stood up and said, this is not right. >> the d.a.'s office chose not to retry gloria but cleland insisted that he had not a sen tila of doubt about her conviction. >> gloria likes to say, she is exonerated. she is factually innocent. no. there were some mistakes but gloria killian was involved and i would still suggest that the blood of ed davies is on her hands. i think she could do a lot better by saying i-was trying to make a quick buck like all the other people at neves house and i would not do that again. that would make me respect her a little bit more than i do at this point. >> i have a short response to that. try the case. shut up and try the case. okay? if you've got proof, go to court. prove it. if you don't, move on to the next case. be a man. >> our legal system is
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constructed on the idea that you are innocent until proven guilty. unless you have been proven guilty of something, you are innocent, whether you say she is not guilty, innocent or exonerated, that's just right way to think about it. >> gloria was finally free but she had nowhere to go. all of her relatives had died while she was in prison. i said, i have a three-bedroom house. she is easy to get along with. so am i. >> thirty years ago, gloria was vulnerable to unscrupulous criminals or zellous prosecutors, because she was alone. >> gloria didn't have people. she didn't have money. she was easy prey. now, she has people. she has devoted her life to helping the women that she left behind. >> i want to change the criminal justice system until it is fair. i don't ever, ever want anybody
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to go through what i went through. it is not right. it has to be fair. good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon in new york. this is cnn special, live coverage of the disappearance of malaysia airlines 370. the boeing 777, missing with 239 people on board. here is what is new tonight. malaysian officials are looking hard and looking again at the people who walked on to that airplane ten days ago. i am not talking about just paying passengers. the captain and his co-pilot. they are getting another close look too. one thing the malaysians believe is that the last contact with the plane could have been made from the ground.


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