When Morrisfirst attempted to film Randall Adams, he was suspicious and nervous and stopped talking several times. Morris urged him to continue, saying, "Look, I really believe you're innocent; this is your only chance." According to Morris' account, " So then the cameraman take me aside and tells me I'm debased, and that this is the most disgusting thing he's ever seen in his entire life, and that he will not be a party to it anymore. That I make him sick. And I tell him if I want a moral philosopher, I would hire Emmanuel Kant.
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In light of the new evidence uncovered by the film, an evidentiary hearing was held. David Harris testified, recanting his earlier testimony against Randall Adams. "Randall Adams knew nothing about this offense and was not in the car at the time," Harris testified. Adams' capital murder verdict was overturned, and he was released from prison in March 1989. Adams then filed suit against filmmaker Errol Morris over the rights to his life.
On June 30, 2004, David Harris was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, TX, for murdering Mark Mays during an attempted kidnapping. Harris was 43. That crime occurred September 1, 1985, and was unrelated to Harris' murder of the police officer discussed in this film. The film mentions the Mays case; Harris was wounded in the neck before the victim was killed.