TYLER, TX -- It's the kind of thing nightmares are made of: being accused of a crime you didn't commit. And not only are you thrown in jail, but you're sentenced to death.
That's exactly what Kerry Max Cook says happened to him. He's the man accused of the heinous 1977 murder of Linda Jo Edwards in East Texas.
He was tried three times, and sentenced to death twice (both overturned because of prosecutorial misconduct), before eventually being released from prison in 1999 after agreeing to a "no contest" plea deal with Smith County, where he remained guilty in the eyes of the law but was allowed to walk free.
Come Monday, he'll have another chance to clear his name completely when a hearing begins where his lawyers will present new evidence. And this hearing in Tyler will be packed, thanks - in no small part - to several big name celebs bringing attention to his case including Madonna, Lady Gaga, and more.
The obvious question then, is if Cook didn't kill Edwards, then who did? Sadly that's a question with no clear answer nearly 40 years later.