ABC News | Dan Abrams - Part 2

Dan on Final Appeal in Amanda Knox Case

March 25, 2015

CaptureDan appeared on Good Morning America, Wednesday March 25th, to discuss the latest in the ongoing Amanda Knox case. Italy’s highest court is reviewing the final appeal of Amanda Knox’s murder conviction of the brutal 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, Knox’s roommate while she studied abroad in Italy. This high-profile legal saga of Knox and her then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito ( also convicted),that has flip-flopped from guilty to innocent to guilty verdicts, will finally reach a final conclusion. Dan commented, “It’s been a winding and emotional ride for Knox, her 2009 conviction for the alleged murder of college roommate Meredith Kercher was overturned on appeal in 2011 then that acquit wall as thrown out in 2013 and she and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted again last year by an appeals court… If this conviction is upheld there are no more appeals on the murder charge in Italy.” Watch the full story here. 

 

Dan on Robert Durst Alleged Confession

March 17, 2015
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Dan joined the crew at GMA on Tuesday, March 17th, to discuss the alleged murder confession made by Robert Durst at the end of HBO’s “The Jinx”. Durst was long suspected in the disappearance of his young wife and later suspected in the murder of a friend and then, was acquitted in a third case (even after confessing to killing a neighbor). But now, after the HBO documentary, “The Jinx”, based on Durst, played an audio of him off camera alleging confessing, he is under arrest and about to be extradited, charged with murder. Dan commented on the legitimacy of this alleged confession, “The defense will likely argue it shouldn’t be allowed into evidence. They will say that we can’t trust this tape. We don’t know where it was. It could have been manipulated. But those are probably losing arguments and ultimately the jury will probably hear it. You put that piece of audio aside and you still have that moment with the letters…and I think that’s going to be big trouble for Robert Durst.”

Dan on World News Tonight: March 16, 2015

wntDan joined David Muir on ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir, to discuss the latest on Robert Durst. The Los Angeles County DA announced on March 16th that Durst was charged with one count of first-degree murder with the special circumstances of murder of a witness, as well as lying in wait and gun use allegations. These charges are in connection with the 2000 murder of Susan Berman and can carry the death penalty. Durst was arrested in New Orleans over the weekend under two new charges: convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance, which was a small amount of marijuana. This was all on the heels of the dramatic finale of the HBO series based on Durst called “The Jinx” where he was recorded saying that he “killed them all”. Dan discusses the impact of that recording with David, watch the full clip from WNT here.

 

Dan on Las Vegas ‘Road Rage’ Suspect

March 13, 2015
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CaptureDan appeared on Good Morning America, Friday, March 13th to discuss the case of 19-year-old, Erich Milton Nowsch, charged with murdering Tammy Meyers, a Las Vegas mother. The killing, along with two other felony charges, occurred during an alleged road rage incident but as the case unfolds it is beginning to look more complicated. Nowsch is claiming self-defense and has pleaded not guilty to the three felony charges. What did Dan have to say? “The fundamental legal question, is it self-defense and who shot first? And it sounds like the police believe they have evidence that the defendant shot first. Now, what evidence could that be? First of all his own statements. It seems he was talking to friends and made a statement to the police. They may have physical evidence at the scene meaning shell casings or other evidence which suggests…that maybe he shot at the car before they got to the house first. That would be one thing but if he shot first does that end the case? No, but it certainly is strong evidence.” Watch the full story here.

Dan on Robert Durst Murder Case

March 10, 2015
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CaptureDan appeared on Good Morning America, Tuesday, March 10th to discuss Robert Durst, the heir to a real estate fortune who was linked to multiple deaths back in the 1980’s but was never convicted.  One of the cases, the murder of Susan Berman, is now being reopened thanks to a new HBO documentary called “The Jinx”, in which Durst is profiled and tells his side of the story on camera.  Durst denies killing Berman but this new investigation could have an impact. Says Dan, “Remember, this is a guy who the local authorities believe is connected to a 1982 murder of his wife, the 2000 murder of his friend to cover up the 1982 murder and then charged in 2001 in the case that he, of course, was acquitted in. So the fact that he even cooperated in this [documentary] is astounding and so it’s not that surprising to me that now that they have Durst on camera and they have renewed attention to this case…Robert Durst could find himself in some big trouble.” Watch the full clip here.

Dan and Nancy Grace on Good Morning America: March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015
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CaptureDan went head to head with HLN’s Nancy Grace on Good Morning America, Wednesday, March 4th. They were discussing the issue of “free-range” parenting and specifically parents from Maryland, who were charged with neglect after letting their 10 and 6 year old children walk home from the park, unsupervised. The parents were found responsible by child protective services for unsubstantiated child neglect, sparking a fiery debate. Child protective services says Maryland’s state law states that children under the age of 8 must be under the care of a person who is at least 13. The family is fighting back and hiring lawyers to file an appeal. Dan commented, ” …the reality is this is not nuts in my view. The idea that two children walking in a neighborhood, 10 and 6, that their parents are now being found responsible for child neglect. The question isn’t should a 10-year-old and a 6-year-old be walking alone, that’s not the question. The question is should the authorities be stepping in and getting involved and bringing in the government to make these sorts of decisions for parents? I know how much a lot of parents want to be the parent police here. But that’s not the question. It is crazy that the authorities are involved.” Watch the full clip here.

Dan on ‘American Sniper’ Interrogation Tapes Played in Court

February 17, 2015

CaptureDan appeared on Good Morning America, Tuesday, February 17th to discuss the ongoing trial of Eddie Ray Routh, the man accused of killing American Sniper, Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. The jury has heard Routh’s confession videotaped hours after he gunned down Kyle and Littlefield and it could very well undermine his insanity defense. Dan commented, “While this is not helpful to his defense at all, this idea of him coming forward repeatedly… if he is legally insane, he’s not the guy to ask. Right? I mean, as a legal and practical matter, if he doesn’t understand right from wrong asking that guy isn’t the right person to be asking about that. You have to look at the tape in its totality about 50 something minutes long. There are a number of periods in there where he seems sort of incoherent talking about head hunters and saving his soul. He’s talking about needing to do it. Insanity always really, really tough to win but the defense hoping they focus on sort of the totality of the tape” Watch the full clip here.

Dan on Alleged ‘American Sniper’ Killer’s Defense

February 12, 2015

CaptureDan appeared on Good Morning America, alongside of HLN’s Nancy Grace, Thursday, February 12th to discuss the trial of Eddie Ray Routh. Routh is the man accused of killing ‘American Sniper’, Chris Kyle and friend Chad Littlefield on February 2, 2013, at a Texas gun range. Routh is planning on an insanity defense citing PTSD as a key factor in his not guilty plea… but is that enough? Says Dan,  “PTSD is not enough to say I shouldn’t be held responsible for my actions. It has to be my PTSD was so bad that I didn’t understand right from wrong. But, look, in this case, this is a comparatively good insanity claim and what I mean by that is the insanity defense is always tough… but they have evidence here of not just mental illness, but of comments he made afterwards that may suggest that he didn’t understand what he did was so terrible. That’s the important thing in this case and to have the victim himself having said this dude is straight up nuts… that’s not a legal or medical assessment but is sure helpful to the defense.” Watch the full clip here.

Dan on American Sniper Trial

February 11, 2015

CaptureDan contributed to a segment for ABC’s World News Tonight as well as Good Morning America on the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, the man accused of killing American Sniper, Chris Kyle and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield. The jury has been selected and opening statements begin Wednesday, February 11th. Selecting an unbiased jury was not an easy task as Kyle’s book has gained mass popularity following the Oscar-nominated movie, American Sniper, based on his memoir. Routh’s defense has made it clear they will be pursuing an insanity defense and prosecutors have said they will not be seeking the death penalty. Dan commented, “Just saying you’re suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not enough to get a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict, you have to literally be able to show that the defendant did not understand right from wrong…” Watch the full clip here.

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