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December 3, 2012

Local attorneys go prime time

‘Snapped’ will feature big court win by Foster, Norfleet

Somerset —  

Local attorney Scott Foster was pleased to come out on top in a big murder case. He didn’t know he’d also become a TV personality.
The Laurel County case of Lisa Gilliam, who was acquitted in October of charges claiming she murdered her attorney husband, is expected to be featured on an upcoming episode of “Snapped.”
The Oxygen Network program features “true crime”-type stories of women who have committed, attempted, or been accused of murder, portrayed in documentary fashion along with interviews with key figures in the proceedings. Every episode shines a spotlight on a different case, which often have to do with women who try to kill their spouses.
“Frankly, I’d never heard of it until they called me,” said Foster, who quickly learned what it was all about. “Apparently, everybody and their ... brother has seen the show.”
Foster said the format of the show, as described to him by its producer, David Lane, “deals with women who had all they could take and snapped and killed” someone — but not necessarily women who are actually guilty of the offenses.
“I think they changed the format to women who were acquitted because of battered spouse syndrome; now it’s become women who were accused of (murder) or they didn’t do it at all,” said Foster. “That’s not the sole format, but it’s getting into new areas.”
That’s where the Gilliam case comes in, especially because of the unique nature in which the case was decided. Gilliam was acquitted on October 19 at a pre-trial conference in Laurel County Circuit Court by Special Judge Robert McGinnis, who said that there wasn’t enough evidence for another trial (according to information from the Corbin Times-Tribune).
This was after a jury just couldn’t decide on whether Gilliam was guilty of murdering her husband of 44 days, London attorney Larry Gilliam, or if he’d committed suicide, and came out of deliberations as a true “hung jury” — in a way rarely seen in Kentucky courts.

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