Erik Todd Dellums is no stranger to criminal-laced television. Now, he's bringing his "crime-time" credentials to Investigation Discovery to narrate the series, Killer Trials: Judgment Day. This true-crime series examines some of the world's most horrifying and sensational cases to be brought to trial. Each episode recounts a notorious crime and reconstructs the investigation that brings the criminal to justice, using archival footage as well as trial footage, if available, to capture the critical courtroom moments.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2012-02-03

Killer Trials: Judgment Day - Priyadarshini Mattoo - Netflix

Priyadarshini Mattoo (July 23, 1970 - January 23, 1996) was a 25-year-old law student who was found raped and murdered at her house in New Delhi on January 23, 1996. On October 17, 2006, the Delhi High Court found Santosh Kumar Singh guilty on both counts of rape and murder and on October 30 of the same year sentenced him to death. On October 6, 2010, the Supreme Court of India commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment. Santosh Kumar Singh, the son of a Police Inspector-General, had earlier been acquitted by a trial court in 1999, and the High Court decision was widely perceived in India as a landmark reversal. This decision went in favor because the facts were not presented correctly in the lower court.

Killer Trials: Judgment Day - Significance of the case - Netflix

The acquittal of Santosh Singh in 1999 led to the investigating agency CBI, challenge the judgment in the Delhi high court on February 29, 2000. Justices RS Sodhi and PK Bhasin of Delhi High Court shifted from a traditional lax pace, with hearings every few months, to a day-to-day trial and judgment was reached in 42 days. The original acquittal was overturned and Santosh Singh was found guilty of murder and rape. The case is one of several in India that highlight the ineffectiveness of traditional criminal law system, especially when it comes to high-profile perpetrators, including the Murder of Jessica Lall and Sanjeev Nanda acquittals.

Killer Trials: Judgment Day - References - Netflix