Lexington, VA • Friday, July 02, 2010
On Friday, July 9 at 9:00 p.m., Dateline NBC will air a two-hour documentary exploring the case of Billy Wayne Cope. Cope, of Rock Hill, S.C., was convicted of killing his daughter in 2001, but DNA evidence suggests he is innocent of the crime.
Members of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee School of Law have worked on the case for the past four years along with the Northwestern Wrongful Convictions Clinic. VC3 Clinic director David Bruck argued the first appeal of Cope's conviction. In addition, W&L alumni Laura Hastay 06L, Dawn Davison 07L, Tim Gilbert 09L, Christine Kidwell 09L, Phil Glenn 10L, and Benton Keatley 10L all worked on the case during their time in VC3.
W&L journalism students wrote about the case for the Rockbridge Report in 2008. The story is available online.