MIAMI, Jan. 24, 2018 — A murder, a man charged with the crime and a desperate woman willing to do anything to save her husband’s life. Time is quickly running out and he will be executed by lethal injection if the appeal is denied. This is the story of Juan Balderas a prisoner on death row. LATINOS EN EL CORREDOR DE LA MUERTE premieres Sunday January 28 at 10pm E/P as part of the “Discovery a Fondo” investigation block.
There are currently 2,843 prisoners on death row in the United States including 375 Latinos.
The Texas Polunsky Unit houses 60 of those inmates. One of them is Mexican born Juan Balderas, accused of murdering a fellow gang member. Balderas spent 8 years waiting for trial while claiming his innocence and is currently running out of options to avoid lethal injection.
For the last 12 years his wife Yancy Balderas, a Salvadoran immigrant, has been desperately trying to demonstrate irregularities in the sentence and claiming the need for a new trial.
On December 6, 2005, a hooded man breaks into a house in Houston, Texas, and kills Eduardo Hernández, a member of a local gang called La Tercera Crips. Days later, Wendy Bardales, sister of the victim’s girlfriend, identifies the murderer as Juan Balderas and he is sent to Harris County jail, where he waited for a trial for eight and a half years. Yancy decides to quit her job and study legal courses at Houston University.
Narrated and directed by acclaimed “Clandestino” journalist and producer David Beriain, LATINOS EN EL CORREDOR DE LA MUERTE features testimonies from some of Balderas’ relatives, Department of Criminal Justice spokespeople, attorneys who are experts in capital punishment, and Juan Meléndez, the last Hispanic who managed to rectify the United States judicial system in a death penalty case.
The new one-hour documentary is a Discovery en Español production headed by Michela Giorelli, Rafael Rodriguez, and Carlos Cediel, and produced by 93 Metros.
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