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Uncovered: The McMartin Family Trials

Uncovered: The McMartin Family Trials

Aired: July 27, 2019

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The McMartin Family Trials Bonus: Ray Buckey
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The McMartin Family Trials Bonus: Ray Buckey

Danny Davis, the defense attorney for Raymond "Ray" Buckey, discusses representing the former teacher from the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California. Davis remembers the pep talk he gave Ray, who was accused of molesting children, during the trial. In 1989, a jury found Ray and his mother Peggy McMartin Buckey not guilty on 52 counts of child molestation, but remained deadlocked on 12 molestation charges against Ray Buckey, and a single count of conspiracy against Ray and Peggy. Ray was retried on molestation charges, but again, the jury deadlocked, and a mistrial was declared,
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The McMartin Family Trials: Judy Johnson's Allegations Spark The Investigation
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The McMartin Family Trials: Judy Johnson's Allegations Spark The Investigation

Those involved in the McMartin Preschool trials reflect on the initial report made by mother of two Judy Johnson. In the summer 1983, Johnson made a complaint to the Manhattan Beach Police Department that would ignite one of the most infamous criminal investigations in U.S. history. Speaking with an officer, Johnson said her "2-year-old son has been molested at the McMartin Preschool.”
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The McMartin Family Trials: Defense Attorney Danny Davis Describes Ray Buckey
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The McMartin Family Trials: Defense Attorney Danny Davis Describes Ray Buckey

Defense attorney Danny Davis, who represented Raymond "Ray" Buckey during the McMartin Preschool trials, describes meeting the former teacher. Davis described the investigation as a "witch hunt," and said his relationship with Buckey was one of his "most rewarding." "I fathered my son years before he was born,” said Davis. In the end, Buckey was not convicted in connection with any of the charges.
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