A young girl was raped by Billy Ray Cobb and Pete Willard. They tied her up, beat, urinated on, and attempted to murder her.
Cat and Carl Lee fought in Vietnam together. Cat, now a pimp, has lead a life of crime. That's why Carl Lee went to see Cat when he needed the M16, and Cat supplied it.
Carl Lee Hailey killed Billy Ray Cobb and Pete Willard at the courthouse after their bail hearing. Hailey also shot Detective Looney by accident in the process. Carl Lee was arrested later that day at his home.
Billy Ray's brother contacts the upper-Mississippi Klan. He explains the rapes and murders, and the Klan is outraged. They organize a chapter in Clanton, made up of the Cobb cousins.
The juries were picked for the month of June. This is important because these jurors were used for the Hailey trial.
The grand jury voted on whether or not to indict Carl Lee. They were one vote away from not indicting him.
The arraignment is where Hailey will find out if he could get out on bond or not. The bail is denied and Hailey is sent back to the prison.
Cat convinces Carl Lee to use his lawyer, Marsharfsky. Carl agrees, and the lawyer never visits Carl Lee in jail. Carl Lee eventually rehires Jake.
The NAACP collects money from the churches for the Hailey "family". They really use it to hire a new lawyer for Carl Lee and don't give any money to Carl Lee's family, who desperately needs it. This outrages Carl Lee.
The KKK burns crosses in Jakes yard as a warning to drop the case. This scares Carla and Hanna along with the police. Jake decides to disregard the warning.
The psychiatrist, W.T. Bass, is retired. He is also a drunk and convicted felon. Jake did not know this when he hired him, and didn't discover until the middle of the court date.
Jake suggests, in front of Judge Noose, that the trial be removed from Ford County. Judge Noose says no, the trial will remain in Ford County. Noose says that everyone in the county has already prejudged the case and a fair trial wouldn't be possible anywhere he moved the trial.
Jake and the other people of the court aren't supposed to know who the potential jurors are until a week before the trial. Harry Rex gets Jake a list, and they state researching all of the jurors immediately.
State vs. Carl Lee Hailey.
2 charges capital murder.
1 charge assult of a police officer
The KKK kidnapped Ellen after they tried to kill Jake. They attempted to rape Ellen and then whip her. Mickey Mouse called the County and told them where Ellen was.
1 not guilty.
Carl Lee Hailey is found not guilty in 2 counts of capital murder.