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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin. He's covering the murder prosecution of Claud "Tex" McIver, a wealthy and politically connected lawyer in Atlanta who shot his wife in the back. McIver claims it was ...Show More
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S05, Ep11; The verdict on Tex McIver

54:21 | Apr 26th, 2018

The jury in the McIver murder case finally comes back -- after four days -- and delivers a confusing verdict that appears to say McIver intended to shoot his wife, Diane, but didn't intend to kill her. The closing arguments, four separate addresses b...Show More
S05, Ep10.5 The jury is out

10:42 | Apr 23rd, 2018

The jury in the Tex McIver murder case gets the case and deliberates, and deliberates, and deliberates. One of the last things the jury asked for was permission to see, for a second time, the SUV in which Diane McIver was shot, AND they ask to take t...Show More
S05, Ep10: Surprises from the defense

49:48 | Apr 16th, 2018

The state rests after putting up more 70 witnesses. The defense case-in-chief takes only 2 1/2 days. The mysterious masseuse, Annie Anderson, takes the stand. And the executor for Diane McIver's estate has a surprise in store for the prosecution. The...Show More
S05, Ep9 The cops vs. the DA

35:44 | Apr 9th, 2018

The prosecution puts up the chief homicide investigator in the Tex McIver murder case and then tries its best to show how deficient the police investigation was. Normally, the district attorney and the police are on the same side. But not this time. ...Show More
S05, Ep8: Killer, or just not a nice guy?

41:40 | Apr 2nd, 2018

The prosecution in Tex McIver's murder trial completes its third week -- a sometimes grueling slog in which the state seemed to be throwing just about everything it can find at McIver. Some if it may not be provable, but none of it looks good. And th...Show More
S05. Ep7: Dani Jo testifies

41:04 | Mar 26th, 2018

The state calls Dani Jo Carter -- the only witness to the shooting of Diane McIver. She is on the stand for more than two full days. She tells the prosecution that Tex McIver asked her to lie about being in the SUV that night. But she tells the defen...Show More
SO5, Ep6: McIver goes to trial

46:33 | Mar 19th, 2018

The state opens the Claud "Tex" McIver murder trial by detonating some new bombshells. McIver, the prosecution says, provided six different versions of what happened to his wife on the night she was shot. Or did he? Among the first prosecution witnes...Show More
S05, Ep5: Prospective jurors: He did it

28:08 | Mar 12th, 2018

One prospective juror after another is dismissed for cause because he or she believes Tex McIver intended to kill his wife. At the end of a long week of jury selection, the parties are finally able to qualify a pool of sufficient size that they can s...Show More
S05, Ep4: Legal strategy

40:44 | Mar 5th, 2018

Both the prosecution and the defense have enormous challenges facing them as the trial begins. For the prosecutors, it's a question of motive. For the defense, it's the defendant himself.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S05, Ep3: Muddy Waters

38:10 | Feb 26th, 2018

A hard-charging prosecutor goes up against a famed duo of defense attorneys as Claud "Tex" McIver's murder trial begins in one week. Chief Assistant DA Clint Rucker can dominate the courtroom by sheer force of his personality. Bruce Harvey and Don Sa...Show More
Coming soon: Back to the Tex McIver murder case

04:28 | Feb 19th, 2018

After a long winter’s delay, the murder trial of The State v. Claud “Tex” McIver is to begin on March 5. Tex says his wife Diane’s death was a tragic accident; the district attorney says he intentionally shot her in the back. The Atlanta Journal-Cons...Show More
S06_Ep5: The Verdict

48:05 | Dec 18th, 2017

The jury in the double-murder case of Nicholas Benton could not hang the verdict on any single piece of evidence or testimony. That is, nothing that came up in court was so compelling that it enabled the jury to declare "guilty" or "not guilty." But ...Show More
S06_Ep4: Deliberation

39:02 | Dec 11th, 2017

The jury elects a foreman and begins its deliberations. The cellphone evidence is strong, but jurors are concerned about the lack of physical evidence: no murder weapon, no getaway car, no fingerprints, no DNA. And the state's star witness may or may...Show More
S06_Ep3: A trial by jury

41:11 | Dec 4th, 2017

Nicholas Benton's murder trial gets underway. The state puts on a formidable case -- albeit with some big holes in it -- and then rests. Here comes the defense, and the jury can't wait to hear what Nick Benton will say when he gets to the stand. Mean...Show More
S06_Ep2: Voice of a Killer?

41:36 | Nov 27th, 2017

First contact: An Atlanta homicide investigator goes to the home of the man who has emerged as his suspect. The man lives with his mother, and the detective winds up interviewing both. A year later, AJC Editor-in-Chief Kevin Riley gets his first indi...Show More
S06, Ep1: A Jury of His Peers

26:46 | Nov 20th, 2017

Kevin Riley, editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, goes deep inside a double-murder in Atlanta. With extraordinary access to key players in the case, Riley and longtime Breakdown host Bill Rankin explore the sudden and vicious killings...Show More
Coming soon: The next season of Breakdown

03:20 | Nov 11th, 2017

Reginald "Reggie" Coicou was 24. Quincy "Fat" Wytche was 22. Both were killed in a sudden outburst of gunfire in the parking lot of an Atlanta Burger King in the spring of 2016. Kevin Riley, editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, gives ...Show More
Season 5, Episode 2.5

16:27 | Oct 30th, 2017

Neither the prosecution nor the defense is ready. The prosecution asks for a continuance, saying it would be unfair to proceed because the defense is unprepared. The defense calls the move "transparently disingenuous," saying it's really the prosecut...Show More
S05, Ep2: The courtship of Tex and Diane McIver

40:12 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Tex McIver couldn't get the new resident of the luxury condo complex out of his mind. She ignored all his entreaties to meet him, and he finally contrived to "bump into" her at the complex's gym early one morning. Diane was a powerful and successful ...Show More
S05, Ep1: The McIver Murder Case

43:55 | Oct 16th, 2017

Insisting it was an accident, Claud "Tex" McIVer will soon stand trial for the murder of his wife, Diane. Although Diane told ER surgeons it was an accident just before she died, the state has indicted Tex with malice murder. The year since Diane die...Show More
Coming soon: The next season of Breakdown

03:04 | Oct 6th, 2017

Coming soon: Season 5 of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast. This season, the AJC's Bill Rankin and Craig Schneider take you deep inside the case against Atlanta lawyer Tex McIver. He says his wife's death was a tragic accident; the...Show More
S04, Ep6: The murdered woman

42:58 | Aug 21st, 2017

Before she was killed that night at the Taco Bell in Adel, Donna Brown was a hardworking restaurant manager. a beloved sister and a completely devoted mother. And if we are to seek justice for Devonia Inman, we must also seek it for Donna Brown.Learn...Show More
S04, Ep5: Yet another bombshell

40:01 | Aug 14th, 2017

In the hearing on Devonia Inman's "extraordinary motion" for a new trial, another giant piece of the case against Inman seems to crumble and fall away. Did Inman commit the murder of which he was convicted? Was he even there when it happened? Learn m...Show More
S04, Ep4: Burying the lede?

39:48 | Aug 7th, 2017

If Hercules Brown committed the murder of Taco Bell's night manager in 1998, then the authorities have put the wrong man, Devonia Inman, behind bars. But it gets worse than that. Much worse.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoic...Show More
S04, Ep3: The mask

41:34 | Jul 31st, 2017

Did somebody else commit the murder of which Devonia Inman was convicted? He has always said so, Bill Rankin talks to witnesses who saw completely different things and zeroes in on a mask that police said was used in the crime. It wasn't a ski mask, ...Show More
S04, Ep2: The prosecution

41:40 | Jul 24th, 2017

The jury that hears the case against Devonia Inman must go through the peculiar process of becoming "death qualified." Meanwhile, some key witnesses take the stand and say they really didn't see what they told police they saw. Learn more about your a...Show More
S04, Ep1: The crime

35:03 | Jul 17th, 2017

A vicious murder on a hot South Georgia night outside the local Taco Bell. The police build  an impressive case against young Devonia Inman. Now it's 20 years later, and a law professor in Atlanta is determined to take that case apart and win Inman's...Show More
Coming Soon: A New Season of Breakdown

02:41 | Jul 5th, 2017

On July 17, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will launch Murder Below the Gnat Line, season four of our award-winning Breakdown podcast. Bill Rankin returns to explore a murder case with many unresolved questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. V...Show More
S03, Episode 6: Banishment

33:56 | Apr 24th, 2017

A judge in Georgia signs off on a plea deal for Dr. Narendra K. Gupta, who admits to three counts of sexual battery against patients. No jail time, but he agrees to leave the country, surrender his license and never practice medicine again. Well, two...Show More
S03, Episode 5: Punishment

36:48 | Apr 17th, 2017

In late 2011, Dr. Narendra K. Gupta stood before a Fulton County judge and pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. The conditions of his sentence were unusual: He didn’t have to go to jail. He did have to leave the country.Learn...Show More
S03, Episode 4: Arrested

37:52 | Apr 10th, 2017

An Ohio doctor has left his practice in the small city of Lima and moved to Atlanta. Also left behind in Ohio: the lawsuits and complaints that piled up against him, many of which were related to sexual abuse.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m...Show More
S03, Episode 3: Compulsion

40:23 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Why would a doctor jeopardize his career by subjecting patients, nurses, even office staff, to repeated sexual abuse? In many cases, the physician doesn’t recognize boundaries because he doesn’t believe they apply to him.  Learn more about your ad ch...Show More
S03, Episode 2: Prey

44:52 | Mar 27th, 2017

Dr. Narendra K. Gupta had a history of allegations of attacking and harassing nurses. Instead of reporting him to police, the medical community shielded him.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S03 Episode 1: Predator, M.D.

36:54 | Mar 20th, 2017

Breakdown: Predator, M.D., follows the fortunes of Dr. Gupta and many of the 18 women who claim the doctor abused them.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S02, Episode 17: Postscript

35:11 | Dec 9th, 2016

Justin Ross Harris returns to Cobb County and is sentenced for the murder of his 22-month-old son Cooper. We delve into the contradictions in the jury's verdict. We also hear from some Breakdown listeners who seem to know as much about the case as an...Show More
S02, Episode 16: We have a verdict

43:20 | Nov 20th, 2016

After four days of deliberations, the jury in Brunswick returns with a verdict in The State of Georgia v. Justin Ross Harris. Cobb County's district attorney says this is no time for a celebration. Harris's lawyers, in an emotional interview, say the...Show More
S02, Episode 15: The jury gets the case

58:02 | Nov 14th, 2016

The prosecution and the defense give impassioned, powerful closing arguments, wrapping up the trial. Prosecutor Chuck Boring insists Ross Harris lived a double life and intentionally killed his little boy. Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore contends Coo...Show More
S02, Episode 14: Leanna Taylor takes the stand

1:00:44 | Nov 7th, 2016

Ross Harris’ ex-wife, Leanna Taylor, took the witness stand on Monday and repeated her long-held belief that Harris never meant to leave their 22-month-old son Cooper to die in his overheated SUV. Taylor spent an emotional two days on the stand, endi...Show More
S02, Episode 13: The State Rests

56:06 | Oct 31st, 2016

Lead Detective Phil Stoddard ended his testimony after four days on the witness stand. Under cross-examination, Stoddard took some punches, but also delivered some blows. On Friday, the state rested its case after calling 51 witnesses to the stand ov...Show More
S02, Episode 12: From the gutter to the homicide file

49:09 | Oct 24th, 2016

Prosecutors open a new week of testimony by calling one woman after another to the witnessstand. Harris pursued all of them – including two teenagers – over sexuallyexplicit online chats. Finally, lead detective Phil Stoddard takes the standand prose...Show More
S02, Episode 11: Shelter from the storm

26:02 | Oct 17th, 2016

The judge, lawyers and jurors return to Brunswick after Hurricane Matthew. Thetrial starts back up with the initial focus on little Cooper Harris. Prosecutorsintroduce testimony about the “smell of death,” and the jury hears from ahooker who said she...Show More
S02, Episode 10: Game on

38:40 | Oct 10th, 2016

The murder trial against Justin Ross Harris is finally underway. The prosecution opened with ablistering opening statement, while Harris’ defense attorney countered with anemotional and powerful opening of his own. After that, the first prosecutionwi...Show More
S02, Episode 9: It’s time to go to trial: Will Harris testify?

31:45 | Sep 29th, 2016

We’re just a few steps from the starting gate. In a matter of days, the 12 jurors will be seated, the lawyers will make their opening statements, and the murder trial of Justin Ross Harris will begin. Will he testify? Learn more about your ad choices...Show More
S0 2, Ep 8: The jury panel is assembled

27:52 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Jury selection isn’t fast, but it is fascinating. Prospective jurors in the Harris case speak of magical powers, preconceived notions and their favorite TV shows.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S02, Episode 7 - Harris trial moves to Georgia's Golden Isles

34:48 | Sep 8th, 2016

The Ross Harris trial heads to Brunswick after a four-month hiatus. What sort of jury will Judge Mary Staley Clark find on Georgia’s coast? Here’s why the trial’s new venue could be called a prosecutor’s dream.To learn more about this case, visit AJC...Show More
S01, Episode 8 - After a year’s wait, a concluding decision

39:59 | Jul 5th, 2016

Justin Chapman awaits the all-important decision from the state's prosecutors: will they put him back on trial for murder and arson or end the long-running legal drama that put him in state prison for eight years? This concluding episode has all the ...Show More
S02, Episode6: A sudden change of venue

43:29 | May 10th, 2016

The Harris trial was just days away from opening statements and testimony, when the proceedings ground to a sudden and unexpected halt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S02, Episode 5.5: A change of venue

10:24 | May 4th, 2016

The defense in the hot-car murder trial of Justin Ross Harris surprises everyone by filing for a change of venue almost at the of jury selection. But the judge has her own surprise: she grants it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/...Show More
S02, Episode 5: A jury of his peers, with preconceived notions

25:15 | Apr 26th, 2016

Jury selection, which may be close to conclusion, has taken an interesting turn. Nearly a third of the jurors qualified for the final panel – the one from which the 12 jurors and a number of alternates will be chosen – say they believe Justin Ross Ha...Show More
S02 Episode 4 - Deciding the case before it begins?

49:04 | Apr 19th, 2016

The most important moments of the Justin Ross Harris trial may be unfolding right now - even before testimony begins or the lawyers ever state their cases. Welcome to jury selection, where cases are often won or lost. Learn more about your ad choices...Show More
S02 Episode 3 - Leanna Harris: Once implicated, never charged

38:25 | Apr 10th, 2016

Cobb police insinuated a number of times that Leanna (now Leanna Taylor, since her divorce came through in March) might have helped her husband plan the murder of their son. But those claims faded and then all but disappeared. Taylor was never charge...Show More
S02 Episode 2: An air-tight case against Justin Ross Harris?

40:34 | Apr 4th, 2016

The state’s murder case against Harris is formidable. The lead police investigator has already testified at length in pretrial hearings: some key testimony seems utterly damning, but some seems totally wrong.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me...Show More
S02 Episode 1 - Death in a Hot Car: Mistake or Murder?

38:09 | Mar 27th, 2016

The evidence against Justin Ross Harris, accused of murder in the hot-car death of his son, and how it just seems to keep piling up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S01 Episode 0: Before You Listen

05:42 | Feb 20th, 2016

A state prosecutor is now deciding whether to put Justin Chapman back on trial for murder. His first trial ended in a guilty verdict after the jury deliberated about 40 minutes.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S01 Episode 7: A New Trial or a New Life?

37:43 | Jun 28th, 2015

The case goes back to the Georgia Supreme Court – and this time there would be a much different outcome.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S01 Episode 6: Could Justin Chapman Be Guilty?

39:08 | Jun 19th, 2015

Justin Chapman tells his side of the story.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S01 Episode 5: Young Lawyers and Old Hands

42:05 | Jun 12th, 2015

Justin Chapman’s new defense team sifts through the evidence and uncovers critical breakdowns in the prosecution of Chapman, including several pieces of evidence that Chapman's public defender Jan Hankins says she never received, and the testimony of...Show More
S01 Episode 4: The New Team Goes to Work

38:20 | Jun 5th, 2015

The Justin Chapman murder case attracts a new defense team full of heavy hitters and colorful characters. In this episode, we take a detour from the case in order to introduce you to some of the players who came to Chapman's aid, and learn why they t...Show More
S01 Episode 3: Let’s Test the Evidence

47:04 | May 29th, 2015

Bill Rankin goes to Bremen in the dark of night, and with the help of an Army veteran, tests what you can see from "Stroupe's stoop." Could Gary Allen Stroupe have seen Justin Chapman from his front porch? Plus, Chapman experiences the appeal from he...Show More
S01 Episode 2: She Lost, but She Never Gave Up

42:17 | May 22nd, 2015

Meet Jan Hankins, the public defender who lost Justin Chapman’s case and embarked on a personal crusade to free him.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S01 Episode 1: Railroad Justice in a Railroad Town

34:52 | May 14th, 2015

Follow the twists and turns of a case in rural Georgia that some say landed an innocent man in prison.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices