On Friday January 17, 2014 the story of The Elkhart 4 (Blake Layman, Anthony Sharp, Levi Sparks and Jose Quiroz) will be featured nationally on the Dr. Phil Show. Today the website for the Dr. Phil Show published the official summary of the program. They wrote,
Elkhart 4: Justice or Overkill?
In October 2012, 21-year-old Danzele Johnson was shot and killed by an Elkhart, Indiana homeowner* while he and three friends broke into a home and another served as a lookout. Although they didn’t pull the trigger, Danzele’s friends, 16-year-olds Blake Layman and Jose Quiroz, 17-year-old Levi Sparks and 18-year-old Anthony Sharp — now known as the “Elkhart 4” — were charged with his murder and sentenced to 45 to 55 years in prison. Dr. Phil delves into Indiana’s felony murder law, which provides that if a killing occurs during the commission of a felony, the persons responsible for the felony can be charged with murder. The boys’ mothers are outraged and say their sons should not have to pay the price for a crime they did not commit — and many in the community agree. Speaking out for the first time, Blake, Levi and Anthony talk to Dr. Phil via satellite from behind bars. Hear firsthand what they say happened on that fateful day. And, hear from a juror on the case — does he feel the verdict was fair? Plus, CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin weighs in. Should the felony murder law apply to adolescents? Tune in and decide for yourself: Should these teens have been charged with a lesser offense? — Click here for the official Dr. Phil Page
*for clarification Danzele Johnson was shot and killed by the homeowner. Danzele Johnson was friends with Blake Layman, Anthony Sparks, Jose Quiroz who also broke into the house. Levi Sparks was across the street when this happened.
This is the third time since September 2013 that the Elkhart 4 have been featured nationally and internationally. For more information on the controversy surrounding the case of the Elkhart 4 you can check out this blog [ http://www.freethelkhart4.com ]. You can also go to the following national and international publications which have covered this case:
The National Post of Canada — Teen would-be burglars convicted of felony murder receive ‘extreme’ 50-year sentences for ‘crimes they didn’t commit’
The Huffington Post — The Elkhart Four and the Unjust Application of the Felony Murder Rule on Teens
How to see the show:
Elkhart Area — UPDATED January 15
For those following this blog from the Elkhart Area the episode of Dr. Phil will air on WSBT (CBS) TV on Friday, January 17 at 3:00 pm. It will air on again on SBT2 during prime time at 9:00. Updated TV listings can be found here: http://www.locatetv.com/listings/wsbt-cbs#17-Jan-2014.
Rest of the USA
For people from other parts of the United States you can find out which station in your local area shows Dr. Phil by clicking here: http://www.drphil.com/shows/listing/
For people in Canada Dr. Phil is aired on CTV. To find out when the episode will air in your area click here: http://www.drphil.com/shows/listing/
The United Kingdom
For readers in the UK Dr. Phil airs on CBS Reality [ SKY 146, Virgin 148, Freesat 135 ] however according to UK TV listings CBS reality will not air Dr. Phil on Friday. We will try and find out if/when the episode will air in the UK.
We know there has been a lot of interest internationally in this case an many of our readers from outside North America want to know when they can see the Dr. Phil show. We do not know when or if the Dr. Phil show will be airing around the world, but we will keep you updated.
In New Zealand Dr. Phil airs on TV 3 — More information can be found here. We do not know when the Elkhart 4 episode will air.