Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Double Jeopardy 

A not-guilty verdict in the murder of a community activist leads to threats of violence.


(as Anthony Shaw)


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Episode cast overview:
... Jessica Fletcher
... Father Michael
... Frank Fernandez (as Ismael East Carlo)
... Sergeant Bill Davis
... José 'Joseph' Galvan
... Maria Galvan (as Rosanna Desoto)
... Raymond Fernandez
Judith Jones ... Ruth Nelson
... Tony Galvan (as Mark Adair Rios)
... Denise Miller
... Librarian
Juan A. Riojas ... Manuel
... Telecaster
Keri Johnson ... Teen Boy


Slumlord Frank Fernandez is acquitted of the murder of City Councilman Roberto Galvan, but Galvan's family is sure he was guilty. Father Michael intends to run for Galvan's council seat, but Frank Fernandez threatens him, and he reveals to Jessica that Fernandez is his father. Frank discovers his son Raymond is selling drugs. But when Frank is killed, the more Jessica investigates, the more likely it looks like one of the Galvan boys did it. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

17 January 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Father Michael is joking with Jessica about using a priest as the main character of one of her novels, he mentions the character of Father Dowling, created by Ralph McInerny. Of course, former cast member Tom Bosley went on to star in the series based on that character. See more »


It has been pointed out that Fr. Michael would not be permitted by Church Canon Law to hold political office and at the time this episode aired, that is true, however, it is interesting to note that this was due to Pope John Paul II issuing an update to Canon Law in 1983 (10 years earlier) which eliminated a "loop-hole" from the 1917 version which permitted it if permission was granted by both their own Bishop and the Bishop of the territory where the election would be held. Since no dates are given in the episode, it could be argued that the episode was set prior to the change in Canon Law. See more »

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Premature trial results in acquittal
15 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

Ismael Carlo, a notorious slumlord is acquitted of the murder of Rosanna DeSoto's husband, a New York City Councilman. Later on evidence is found that surely would have resulted in a conviction.

All that is most upsetting to DeSoto and her two sons who run a popular florist shop Raymond Cruz and Mark Adair-Rios. They attend an adult learning extension where Jessica Fletcher is a guest lecturer. The program is run out of Father Robert Beltran's church.

As for Carlo, he's got a son also running a business that Carlo doesn't even approve of. But when he's given an exotic poison and dies at the church itself there are lots of people for Detective Julius Carry to; sort through. Dan Ferro is the miscreant son and he's a piece of work.

Even though Carlo is a bad guy, he's a rather tragic figure in this story.

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