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that's all for this edition of "dateline extra." i'm craig melvin. thanks for watching. due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. the young actor is accused of a heinous crime. >> they were saying that i shot both of them and decapitated one of them. >> a male inmate and his girlfriend await trial on charges of rape. >> me and my boyfriend had a threesome with another woman and she turned around the next day and said that we raped her. >> a drinking problem sends
another inmate to prison. >> we left the bar. and what essentially happened was i ended up running my boyfriend over with a car. fleeing and trying to get away. >> and a convicted killer with a loyal wife finds a new love. every year, close to 70,000 people are processed through the five facilities that make up the orange county jail in southern
california. most have not been convicted but are awaiting trial, charged with everything from minor infractions to murder. some will be released or bailed out within hours. others will call the jail home until their cases are resolved in court, a process that can take years. one inmate facing such a prospect is daniel wozniak, who prior to his arrest, could be found performing as an actor on the stages of various orange county play houses. >> i want people to know i'm a good guy. i'm easy going. i enjoy long walks on the beach. i'm an aries. i just want people to know that no matter what throughout all of this, i'm really a good guy. almost everyone in my life will say so. >> what i know of wozniak is he's in custody for a double murder.
a beheading was involved as well as dismemberment. >> wozniak has entered a not guilty plea in a case that made headlines in orange county. he's alleged to have murdered two friends in order to steal money out of their bank accounts. >> they were saying that i shot both of them and decapitated one of them. it's not true. >> prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty when he goes to trial. >> the two victims were two of my close friends, sam and julie. sam lived in the same complex that me and my fiancee lived at. he had helped me outn several occasions just -- he was -- he was there for me when i needed him. and julie was just a friend in the group. two of the nicest people that i've ever known. >> prosecutors say wozniak was motivated to kill because he was broke and needed to pay for his upcoming wedding and honeymoon.
he is alleged to have dismembered and beheaded the male victim. >> i know his body parts, they say, were found in a park. >> the victim's torso was found in the storage room of a local theater where he had recently performed. >> there were two shows that i did there. one was "charlie's aunt." one was "arsenic and old lace." i played cary grant's character. so, a lot of fun. >> less than two weeks after the bodies were discovered, wozniak was arrested for murder. he was at his own bachelor party the night before his wedding. >> our meal was over. we paid the bill. all of a sudden this -- it was a swarm, it was a swarm of police came in, grabbed me, pulled me up, put me in handcuffs and dragged me out of the back of the restaurant. and i said, okay, hello, how are you? my name is dan, what can i --
you know. >> wozniak was questioned and taken into custody. a short time later, he attempted suicide. >> i was alone in a room and there was a wall. and they're all stoned, so i saw the corner and i said, if i jump and hit my head, maybe all of this will go away? and it's still here. >> wozniak went into a coma after the attempted suicide. he says he tried to take his life because of the shame he felt over being arrested only hours before his wedding. >> if i was given the opportunity to talk to my fiancee right now, i'd either say, can i be with you out there or can you be with me in here? the bond -- i just love her. that's the hardest part of getting through my day, knowing i can't be with her, period.
it's, you know, it says absence makes the heart grow fonder. it does. it really does. >> jail has also kept michelle culberson isolated from her boyfriend for the past 15 months. >> it's very hard, it's very hard, and we miss each other a lot. it's sad when you miss somebody that much and you can't just reach out and touch them and he's right around the corner from me right now, you know. >> in fact, culverson's boyfriend is only a short walk away in the men's unit of orange county's central jail facility. >> oh, my goodness, michelle, that's my love. that's my heart. she has a very outgoing personality, very kind, sincere, and giving. she's a socialite. sometimes i can be reserved. but then she'll -- she'll bring me out more of the times too.
it's like she's the wind beneath my wings. >> it says michelle and beau for life. and so i have it right there. just to remind me every day that i love him and he loves me. oh, we're in love. i'm getting all blushy. >> the only time culberson and de'arborne are able to see each other is in court. >> we're co-defendants so hopefully we get to see each other on the bus. yeah, and also in the courtroom. yeah, so we get to talk and love each other. even if it's for five minutes, it still means a lot. >> culberson was pregnant with the couple's baby when they were arrested.
and nine months ago delivered their son. as far as being in jail and having a baby, everybody's like, you know, what the heck? but they made me just feel so comfortable. the deputies. the nurses. i had nine hours with him. i got to hold him for nine hours total. and it was the best experience ever. they took pictures of him for me, of us together. and the good thing about it is my boyfriend's mom got the baby. >> while their love story might be considered unusual, so were the charges that brought the couple to the orange county jail. >> me and my boyfriend had a threesome with another woman. and she turned around the next day and said that we raped her. >> was this your boyfriend's idea? >> no, it was mine. i regret it completely. i know everybody is like, was this his idea? no, actually, he did it to make me happy.
too bad i can't take it back. >> culberson and de'arborne have both been charged with the rape of an unconscious person and sodomy. they have pled not guilty and have been fighting the charges in court. >> through the interviews that we've done, it was just very ironic to me that they both told a different version of their crime and how it was set up, and what happened, and some of the details that they each gave us. it was just drastically different. it was supposedly going to be a three-way sex act. but in one of them's reference, no, they were just trying to help out somebody who was down on their luck, and passed out on the sidewalk. >> i was in the process of just picking my nephews up from a party. and i see a person laid out spread eagle on the asphalt, tried to help them. i checked that particular person's pulse, make sure they were all right and okay.
then a guy that was under the influence came around the corner from urinating and said, hey, get your hands off her. i said, oh, excuse me. well, if this is a person that you're with, why would you leave them laid out like this in front of like a doughnut shop in a parking lot? if that's your girlfriend. if this is your girlfriend, what's your name? come on, fast. something's fishy here. something told me that evidently. >> de'arborne says that he and culberson then checked the woman into a hotel room and stayed with her. >> i was laid on my back. and one thing led to another. and, you know, one night of fun can lead to a whole lot of turmoil in a nutshell. >> prosecutors say de'arborne and culberson drugged, raped and
sodomized the woman and that the next day they brought her to an apartment where they raped and sodomized her again and threatened to force her into a life of prostitution. it was the only the woman's screams that prompted neighbors to call the police. >> it just reminds me of the story of genesis 39, you know? joseph was in prison and accused falsely. things happen like that. >> things do happen. it's reality. i mean paris hilton got arrested. come on, i mean, you know what i mean? >> coming up -- >> i'm an alcoholic, native american and irish. so all the experts say that it's in my blood. >> alcohol causes big problems for one inmate. >> and i flipped into like i don't know if it's like stacie or tracie. or what happens. it's a different person. and she's usually pretty violent. it comes when your insurance company says they'll only pay three-quarters of what it takes to replace it. what are you supposed to do?
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the best day for an inmate at the orange county jail is the day he or she is released. the second best just might be any day they receive their commissary order. the jail stocks a variety of snacks, toiletries, and other basics, which inmates can purchase with their own funds from a debit account. >> we used to do everything hand input. and now we actually have an automated system with scan tron forms that the inmates will fill out three times a week. we scan it through our system and fill the orders through the commissary. the items we have there are top brand items. they're not just your mom and pop items. >> order up some soap. got to have the stamps, you know, stamps more than likely, soaps, you know, because there might be a meal you might want to skip out on, believe me. you know? trust me. the hot cheetos and the soup.
it's like a fusion, gives you that nice spice, the right texture. that's pretty good stuff right there. >> beau de'arborne likes commissary as much as anyone but feels there's room for improvement. >> i recommend there's a few items that can be added not only for the african-american types. but i've been using mayonnaise, for conditioner. literally, for my hair. a lot of breakage involved so i'm like, please, put some grease on here. love, peace, and hair grease. please. >> de'arborne's girlfriend and co-defendant michelle culberson is housed in orange county's women's wing. she and her cell mate stacie ortega care about their appearance, as well. but with limited funds they take a creative approach to cosmetics. >> me and my bunkie, we make different colors with deodorant, crayola pencils. and we mix them together.
>> so you color with the color pencils and you take the deodorant and just -- >> yes. >> we mix them up with her finger. >> only specific types of deodorants can do this though. >> yeah, the good stuff. >> so you get it all good and mixed up, ready to go on the eye. see? just like that. it looks like a glob of color. >> and we're -- we're inmates that get up and do this every morning. >> because you stop feeling like a human being. not that makeup is all important. but i mean it's -- it's a ego booster. >> like culberson, ortega has been at the orange county jail for the past 15 months. unlike culberson, she's no longer waiting for trial. instead ortega pled guilty to a dui hit and run with great bodily injury.
>> i'm an alcoholic. i'm native american and irish. so all the experts say that it's in my blood. but, aside from that, i black out. the average person is going to drink as much alcohol as i would drink would and pass out, end up sleeping, snoring, whatever you do. i get hyper. and i flip into i don't know if it's tracie or stacie, what happens. a different person. and she's usually not happy or very nice and she's usually very violent. >> ortega's convicti has resulted an eight-year sennce. she is due to be transferred to prison any day now. the victim of her crime is her former boyfriend. >> basically i went out with my boyfriend and my best friend. we went to sunday brunch. which is my favorite. and i'm an alcoholic, so i have my mimosa. and then i decided it would be cool to stop at the bar, so we did that. and then i can't tell you what
happened after that other than what it states in my police report and my plea bargain because when we left the bar, i don't remember even leaving, which is the tough part, but, basically, we left the bar, and what essentially happened was i ended up running my boyfriend over with the car, and then fleeing and trying to get away. he ended up with a broken leg. he has steel or whatever they put in there. he ended up with a subdural hematoma and what they did was they put him into a medically induced coma for purposes of helping his brain heal, things of that nature. >> ortega's boyfriend did recover although he suffered minor brain damage and the damage to their relationship was beyond repair. >> mistakes happen, accidents happen, and i apologized.
i said i was sorry, and he just -- he's not accepting that. >> oh, you way did it too long. >> no, no, it was already like that. >> okay. >> what we're going to do is we're going to fix it. coming up -- >> i'm a very loving, kind, passionate, caring individual, father, man, husband. >> twice convicted of rape, and now of a high-profile murder, an orange county inmate could face the death penalty. i'm your phone, stuck down here between your seat and your console, playing a little hide-n-seek. cold... warmer... warmer... ah boiling. jackpot. and if you've got cut-rate car insurance, you could be picking up these charges yourself. so get allstate, where agents help keep you protected from mayhem... ...like me.
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on any given day about 400 of the hundreds of inmates at california's orange county jail are being held on charges of murder. one of them is daniel wozniak, who because of his notoriety, is housed in a single cell at the central jail facility. >> it's small. but you've got the bed. i've got the bible. coffee, milk.
jesus with me. >> wozniak has been accused of murdering two friends and dismembering one of them. >> lord, let me know my end, the number of my days, that i may learn how frail i am. you have given my days a short span. my life is nothing before you. >> while awaiting trial at the orange county jail, wozniak said he sought comfort from the bible. >> i've sworn with you like a passing stranger, a guest like all my ancestors, turn your gaze from me that i may find peace before i depart to be no more. so it's one of my favorite ones. >> why? >> it just touches home. to me, it's just how, exactly just how short life really is. it's -- it makes it a lot easier in here knowing, you know, our time here is just so short. you know. life is just a short time, but
eternity is forever. >> in a state of calm we're flowing together like liquid. >> jason richardson is also facing the death penalty for another murder that made headlines. >> i've been studying tai chi for about four or five months now. it helps me to center my inner energy, get flowing in the right direction, positive channels. >> a jury found richardson guilty of robbing a local home depot store and murdering the manager. a former marine who left behind a wife and young twins. at the time, richardson was on parole for a prior domestic violence conviction. >> well, considering i didn't kill anyone, it's a hard pill to swallow, a real hard pill to swallow.
>> been to prison, done a lot of things wrong in my life. made a lot of mistakes. don't do robberies, don't kill people. >> richardson's criminal history includes domestic violence, bank fraud and two rape convictions. all of which, he says, were the result of his abusive upbringing in a drug-riddled home. >> i was just pretty much taught to function on a -- on a violent, criminal, basically volatile level. >> while all 12 of richardson's jurors agreed he was guilty of the home depot murder, only nine of them voted for the death penalty. the deadlock means that richardson will stay at orange county until a new jury can be convened to decide whether he will be sentenced to life in prison or death. >>'m n dangerous whatsoever. no, not even close. >> i'm a very loving, kind, passionate, caring, individual,
father, man, husband. >> the postcards they send me? we love you, dad. love my babies. love them to death. they're my strength. >> although richardson was uncertain over how many babies he has actually fathered. >> i have three from my wife of 20 years and a couple few possibilities out there. actually a couple few for pretty for sure out there. so i have like six. but three from my wife of 20 years. she's an angel. she's one of the most sweetest, most honest, hard-working -- if she wasn't a regular societal person, she'd be a nun. >> richardson has spent much of his married life behind bars. >> i've got about 15 of it in, 5 of it out. just long enough to get out and make another baby and spend a little time together and go to disneyland. and -- and she didn't deserve all these years. i mean she's such a good-hearted woman. she comes from an old-fashioned mexicano family and she's so
loyal. >> but despite his wife's loyalty, richardson has begun a new relationship. he recently reconnected with a childhood friend who he says is his true soul mate. >> we've been back in touch for a year and a half. haven't touched each other in 21 years. every weekend, loyally and faithfully, she comes and visits me. and just, we pour each other's hearts out to each other. she tells me how much she's missed me. how she thought about me. she looked for me since i was 10 and she was 13. always been so something special and magical between us. now she's me soul mate. she's my wife now. >> richardson hasn't actually married his new girlfriend, but the relationship has caused a serious rift whis lel wife. >> she can't help but feel any other way prably b betrayed and hurt. we have grown apart. and those things just happen. coming up, jason richardson
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in love. but their relationship has been interrupted by their incarceration at the orange county jail in southern california. their charges include rape and sodomy. they pled not guilty. but if they are convicted in court, culberson faced up to nine years in prison and de'arborne could be sentenced to 16. >> honestly, i don't even want to hear numbers, i want to hear justice. i want to hear freedom ring, to be honest. >> de'arborne and culberson are not allowed to see each other in jail but they can write letters. >> she made me step my game up on my writing. >> dear michelle, what a do. my tugga sug's love. ooh, wee. i'm still on cloud nine from that ride. i can see how you get them butterflies the same way you make my nature rise, just
staring into these gorgeous hazel eyes. bet you know that deep inside my heart is where you will always reside. when as you're reading my mind, it's not a surprise that you already know that i love you for life. forever in love, your husband, beau de'arborne. >> ah, how sweet. >> while love letters might keep their spirits up, de'arborne and culberson face serious issues. besides the possibility of going to prison, culberson was four months pregnant with the couple's baby when they were arrested one year earlier. she gave birth in a nearby hospital and once she recovered returned to jail. >> i am iris de'arborne. this is my grandson beau james de'arborne ii. we're here to visit his dad, beau james de'arborne sr. >> my mother is taking care of our son, currently.
she's a bit older. and this is kind of hard for her. >> i have applied and obtained permanent guardianship. so as far as it stands right now, i'm his guardian, i'm his legal guardian. i will be until he becomes an adult. >> she really shouldn't be carrying over like 20 pounds. she just had open heart surgery. she had a triple bypass not too long ago. she still has the heart to come up here and bring him up here when she can. >> i've had the baby since he was 2 days old. a little bitty thing. but it's good, too, because being an old nurse and having worked the nursery, it was easy to take care of this little fellow. that's daddy. there's my daddy. yay, yay, yay. >> yeah. hey, momma.
>> how are you? love you too. >> thank you for coming by. >> it's okay, baby doll. >> did you hear that? >> he's so good. >> he is. all the time. never held my son before. never touched him, never embraced him. nothing. it's hard on both of us when he tries to reach out and grab me, he's grabbing the fiberglass and i know it's got to be difficult for him. >> he says, i'm going to touch you. how come i can't touch you? >> i know, son. you can't hold him. you can't help him walk, i haven't had a chance to feed him, change his diaper, all the things i want to do. i'm just glad he's in good hands right now. >> we come to you, heavenly father, thank you for all of
your blessings. amen. >> amen. >> love you, son. okay. >> after visiting her son, iris de'arborne will take beau jr. to the women's unit to visit his mother. >> we go see mommy. we see daddy, we go see mommy. this is a ritual we do every weekend or every other weekend. takes a while to get through the lines and waiting on the lines. but i figure that it's worth it because if i was in here and i couldn't see my baby, i'd want somebody to bring my baby to me. >> it's a little hard. because i can't touch him. i haven't touched him since he was born. >> does he know who you are? >> i hope so. i think so. he sees me every weekend, so, i hope he does. i pray he does. >> oh, you look. you're ready, huh? >> i pray he does. because he smiles and all smiles and stuff.
but if not there, when i get out, he'll get to know me quick. >> peekaboo. >> peekaboo with momma? >> peekaboo. >> you going to peekaboo? >> peekaboo. peekaboo. >> hi, momma. >> he's so happy. >> he is. he wakes up happy. >> it's really hard on me. it really is. ever since he was born, she's been taking care of him. it's a lot of work and i thank god for her every day and just hope this is all done and over with so i can get home and help her and be able to be a mommy. >> love you. >> i love you, too. >> okay, bye. >> bye-bye. >> he's doing so -- he's getting so big. you see how chubby he was. just seeing him play, seeing him smile is the best part. seeing him smile and laugh and be able to play, knowing that he's a happy baby. >> when i visit them, i don't want them to see me cry. i have to stay strong for them.
because it's worse for them than it is more me because i'm out here. and i just have to let them see me cry. it's bad. but i'm okay. we're okay. we'll be all right. >> coming up -- >> drained the bank account and possibly used the money for -- >> daniel wozniak reads news accounts of his alleged crime. >> that makes me look like satan himself. >> and jason richardson gets a visit from his girlfriend. >> i know about his troubled past. i love him anyway. once there was an organism so small
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inside orange county's central jail facility, daniel wozniak has found himself in a very different world compared to the stages he used to perform on as a local actor. >> yeah, you just have little things around here, sink, toilet. it's small but it is what it is. >> wozniak is accused of killing two friends and dismembering one of them. if found guilty, he could get the death penalty. in the meantime, he makes the best of life in jail. >> bag lunches for dinner every day. sandwiches, hard boiled eggs. most of the time it's either bologna or ham. ooh, extra bread today. look at that. get little carrots like this.
and, of course, plenty of mayo. so then what you do is pretty much eat the carrots then you have this like a bowl and mix it in a bowl. egg salad sandwich, stuff like that. some days it's really good, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, mix it with your milk, stir it up. you've got a milk shake. you learn secrets like that. bon appetit. >> though wozniak learned how to adjust to life in jail, he claims to be less knowledgeable of the press reports surrounding his alleged crime. >> the honest truth of what they're saying, i'm not really sure. since i've been here, i haven't been able to read the paper. i don't know what they're saying. one time i turned on the tv, the monitor or whatever and i just saw my picture on television. it was a mug shot that they got from the police department. they put together some old youtube videos of me. i was in theater. so they were just splashing that all over the news.
>> authorities allowed us to show wozniak some of the published news reports. >> oh, great. that mug. oh, my god. we figured was the way he was trying to avoid identifying the deceased so he could continue with his crime. [ bleep ] that makes me look like satan himself, that i orchestrated and planned all of this. that's -- i'm sorry, i can't. >> this was your friend. >> yeah. >> why did this happen?
>> i can't get into that. i can't get into that. i can't, i'm sorry, i can't -- i really can't. i cannot. >> if wozniak is convicted of the murders, he could face the death penalty. >> the death penalty is something that they are seeking. whether it happens or not, justice will say. i just have full faith and the truth will set me free and everything will come to be. i just pray daily. that's it. and not so much for myself but for all of the lives that have been shattered through this event. >> just a few miles away at orange county's largest facility, theo lacy, another inte, islsnating the complexities of a high-profile murder case. >> jason richason is kind of a famous inmate around here. he's in here for the home depot
killings. there was a video released of a guy who broke into a home depot to rob it. he's wearing a paint suit with a mask and he's got coverings over his feet. you can't tell who's in there. but apparently he comes up to the manager. the manager is begging for his life. begging for him just to leave, not to hurt anybody. and he grabbed the money, shot the manager, and took off. >> jason richardson has already been found guilty of killing the manager of a home depot store, a former marine who left behind a wife and young twins. but jurors deadlocked when it came to determining richardson's sentence. >> he was up for the death penalty. there was a hung jury. >> you know the drill. >> it's about to restart again so they can find out whether or not he's going to end up getting the death penalty or life in prison. >> but, for now, richardson's focus is on his complicated love life. while he has three children with his wife of 20 years, he
recently began a relationship with another woman, a childhood friend. >> it's such a blessing. we so know that god brought us back together and created this. it's so powerful and beautiful. it's like, i can't -- i can't put it into words. we feel each other so deeply and on such a soulful, powerful, passionately -- where we tell each other, you're my every breath, you're my soul, you're my heart and my spirit. it's gotten to a point where i love you doesn't cut it so i you -- i absolutely you. i will, i do, and i you will end our letters with. i will be yours forever and ever and ever. i do. keep you and take you. and i you. is basically i love you, but on a much deeper, soulful level. >> richardson's new girlfriend sonta asked that we not give her last name, and despite knowing about richardson's murder conviction and two prior rape convictions, she says his past is not a threat.
>> i don't fear jason at all. i don't fear him one little bit. i've known him his whole life. i knew him as a child. i've known his heart. i've known his soul. i've known what type of person he is. i know about his troubled past. and i love him anyway. my biggest fear is that -- that he will get -- get the worst -- he'll get the row. that's my worst fear. i come out and pray on saturday. every weekend. sometimes i get to come on sundays. it's important to keep the closeness and to communicate. we talk on the phone every day. but i actually get to see him. and i feel like i get to touch him and kiss him even though it's through glass. that's actually the hardest part is that there's that glass there.
>> i you. >> i love you. >> precious. >> hi. >> how are you? >> good. just right here today. >> i know -- >> why you do that? >> 12 reasons. yeah. >> no one understands how does somebody as smart as you, as, you know, i hate saying that, as beautiful as you, or somebody who can have anybody you want, how do you get involved with a man who's in prison, a man with no future, a man with nothing to offer you? can't help who you fall in love with. and i love him. and he feeds me emotionally.
he gives me everything that i need. >> i you. i do. i will. i you. i am. i am. okay. bye. >> i love my life. i found the greatest love of my life. yeah, in jail. yeah. but you can't help but, you know, you can't -- you know this saying, it's true. you can't help who you fall in love with. he is the greatest love of my life. coming up -- >> you need to tell me how you feel real quick. >> relieved to get the rest of my life going. tired.
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i'll throw up. >> do you have motion sickness? >> yeah. >> i hear ya. >> i'll explain that to them and hopefully they'll take that to consideration. >> thank you. >> go ahead. >> any way you could tell me how you feel real quick, stacie? >> relieved to get the rest of my life going. tired. >> be glad to be leaving here? >> yeah. yeah. i think spending 15 months here, number one, helped me get sober. it's the first time in my life that i'm sober 100%. and it helped me realize who i am or who i want to be. just comfortable in my own skin. i guess my biggest fear would be
someone killing me. to keep it on the real 100%, i mean things can happen up there. and they can happen pretty quickly. i want to be ready for the worst and try to make it the best i can. period. so i don't want to go in there rubbing people the wrong way. i don't want to go in there with something to prove. >> right. >> get on in the back or wherever you want to go. >> so i'm just doing me and i'd rather be happy in a situation and make it that way. than grovel and drown in my sorrow, and not move forward. i'm not going to move forward unless i'm happy with myself. >> a few days later, michelle culberson received a letter from her former cellie. >> i have a letter here from stacie. want me to read it? hey, pretty lady, how are things going in county? i'm doing all right today.
i miss you so much michelly. she called me michelly. i wish you were here with me. it's cooled off here, thank god. i have not missed the yard since i arrived. too nice not to enjoy the outdoors. i think i'm getting some color back and i gave myself a hair cut. so now that that has been said, when will you get here. ha, ha, ha i'll be waiting, homey, hurry, please. love always your best bff, raven. they call her raven now. >> whether culberson joins her friend in prison or not depends on if she and her boyfriend are acquitted on charges of rape and sodomy. they have been offered a plea deal, which would greatly reduce the amount of time they could serve in prison versus being found guilty in trial. but they have turned it down. >> i don't know. i'm innocent. so i feel that i -- yeah, it's a risk that i'm willing to take. i am willing to take it because the jury, there's 12 people
there. and, yes, they either are going to feel sorry for her or feel sorry for me. i don't know which one it's going to be. supposed to hit it again, bunky. >> life is a gamble in general. you don't know what tomorrow may bring forth. or i might just be able to be, hey. you can't find nothing on this man. all of this stuff is inadequate puffed up charges. more than likely, the jury will be able to see this too. >> for de'arborne, who is facing an additional charge of false imprisonment, a guilty verdict could equal as much as 16 years. >> i have faith in god. the justice system is man's law. and that's a good thing. hopefully they upheld it. but i have a great god that i serve. and you know what, it's a miraculous god and a righteous god and i keep my faith in him, not just what man can do.
due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. a sadistic murder transforms the jail. >> he was sodomized, peed on, spit on, boiling water poured on him. he was tortured. a roller derby queen takes a hard fall. >> i have kids, and i need to be with them, you know? this ain't cool no more. and one inmate realizes that even a