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A new Netflix true crime docu-series, Trial 4, will premiere in a few days. It will tell the story of a man accused of killing a Boston cop 1993 aged 19, and is now fighting to prove his innocence while exposing police corruption and systematic racism.
The eight-part series speaks to the accused, Sean K. Ellis, as he faces his fourth trial, which may end up with him going back to prison. Ellis had previously been sentenced to life and was then released when new evidence came to light.
Ellis spent 22 years in prison after being convicted of the 1993 murder of Boston police detective John Mulligan. Ellis has been put on trial three times within the space of a year and he now faces a fourth trial which could see him back behind bars for the rest of his life.
Following the first three trials for armed robbery and first-degree murder, Ellis was found guilty in 1995 and sentenced to life imprisonment. The first two trials resulted in a hung jury. In 2015, Ellis was freed from jail on bail, after a judge ordered a new trial saying evidence about how the case had been handled had been withheld from the defence.
Ellis has always maintained his innocence, is now awaiting trial number four and the prospect of life behind bars again.
The series will contain interviews from Ellis himself. In the trailer, which you can view below, Ellis introduces himself and his case. The trailer also features a clip of his mother giving an interview in which she describes feeling "scared and confused" when her son was put in jail for murder.
The Netflix synopsis for the series reads: "Charged as a teen in the 1993 killing of a Boston cop, Sean K. Ellis fights to prove his innocence while exposing police corruption and systematic racism."
Trial 4 will be available on Netflix on 11 November.
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