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Gregory Bayne's New Documentary 'Bloodsworth' Highlights Justice System Flaws

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Gregory Bayne, producer and director of Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man - PHOTO BY HARRISON BERRY
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  • Gregory Bayne, producer and director of Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man


In the opening scene of Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man, the new documentary from local filmmaker Gregory Bayne, Kirk Bloodsworth sits at a steel table, knitting his brows as he recounts a meeting with the first attorney who represented him during his murder trial.

"I know my way around a courtroom, and I know my way around the criminal justice system, and we're going to find a way out of this together," the attorney told him.

A jury would later convict Bloodsworth of murder and a judge sentenced him to death for the 1984 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl in Rosedale, Md.
Bloodsworth would go free in 1993—the first American death row inmate exonerated on DNA evidence.

Bayne's documentary details how flawed evidence gathering procedures and the failure of the criminal justice system contributed to Bloodsworth's conviction, and how new forms of evidence ultimately contributed to his release.


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Bayne spent several years as director and producer on the documentary, which uses animation and interviews to weave procedural narratives with Bloodsworth's personal moral outlook toward the death penalty. Bayne told Boise Weekly the film "illustrates what can go wrong."

"This decided the course of [Bloodsworth]'s entire life," Bayne said. "For me, it was allowing the exoneree to paint the picture himself."

See a special screening of Bloodsworth on Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Boise State University Special Events Center. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door and $5 for Boise State  students. The screening, which is presented in conjunction with the ACLU of Idaho, will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with both Bayne and Bloodsworth.