A national television news program will devote two hours Friday evening to the case of Devan Duniver, a 5-year-old New Philadelphia girl who was murdered 24 years ago. ABC News’ “20/20” will air the segment from 9:01 pm to 11 pm on ABC.
Duniver’s killer has never been found.
A 12-year-old boy, Anthony Harris, confessed to killing her in 1998. His conviction was overturned after he spent two years in juvenile detention. The 5th District Court of Appeals ruled that police had violated his Fifth Amendment rights. The decision said the Miranda warning had been improper and the confession had been coerced. The court found that the confession contained inaccurate information, and that the accurate details were given to the suspect by the police interrogator.
The “20/20” program will include an exclusive interview with Harris by ABC News anchor John Quiñones. In the interview, Harris speaks about the reason he confessed to a crime he did not commit, the psychological damage he experienced and the search for Duniver in the woods behind her home where members of the search party found her body.
The program features interviews with key trial witnesses and search party members who offer information about a suspicious mystery man they allegedly saw lurking at the search. It also reports on how, as a result of the “20/20” interviews, the prosecuting attorney asked authorities to speak to these witnesses, reigniting the case.
The program includes interviews with Tarin Hale, Harris’ public defender; Daniel Warren and Geoffrey Mearns, Harris’ lawyers for his appeal and civil lawsuit; Dan Risinger, the police officer who took the call from Duniver’s mother reporting her daughter missing; who covered the case extensively; and legal experts.
The “20/20” episode also includes footage from the ABC News archives of Quiñones’ 1999 interview with Harris, and ABC News interviews with Lori Duniver, Duniver’smother, and Cyndi Harris, Harris’ mother.
The segment will be available available to stream on ABC News digital platforms. It will be on Hulu Saturday.
ABC’s “20/20” is an award-winning program anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. David Sloan is senior executive producer, and Janice Johnston is executive producer.
This article originally appeared on The Times-Reporter: ABC News to highlight unsolved murder of New Philadelphia girl, age 5