In the latest episode of Conviction, the CIU team reviewed the case of Josh Fleck. He was a teacher who was convicted of kidnapping and killing a student named Sierra Macy.
Hayes (Hayley Atwell) and the team took on the case when Sierra was found alive. After 10 years in captivity she had escaped so the conviction for murder had to be dropped. The team still needed to determine if the kidnapping conviction was correct.
To complicate matters, Sam (Shawn Ashmore) had worked on the case previously and was involved in convicting Fleck. He was sure that they had the right man and was very against him going free.
The team convinced Sierra to try an experiment using some drugs to help her remember. It allowed her to recover some partial memories of what had happened and matched up with Fleck’s version of the story.
A review of the evidence revealed that blood found on Fleck’s truck had been caused by Sierra self-harming – not by Fleck harming her. A key witness, a waitress at the diner where Sierra went missing, was also found to have lied about what she saw.
Sam confronted the waitress and realised that it was she who had abducted Sierra. The waitress pulled a gun on him but Maxine (Merrin Dungey) arrived with an armed team just in time to prevent anything bad happening.
Due to the new evidence Fleck was released and Sierra was there to greet him in front of the media.
Elsewhere in the episode, the Justice Department dropped their investigations into Wallace (Eddie Cahill) after Hayes gave a false statement which protected him.
The next episode of the season is A Different Kind of Death. When the CIU takes on a death-penalty case with personal ties to Wallace, they uncover some doubt in the reputation of those involved.
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