On this season of Missing Pieces, reporters Grace White and Matt Keyser are investigating the murder case of Sandra Melgar. She's serving 27 years in prison for the brutal murder of her husband, Jaime "Jim" Melgar, the night they celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. Why are there so many questions about her guilt?
On this episode: After a three-week trial, it took a jury eight hours to convict Sandra Melgar of murdering her husband. Sandra shrieked and nearly collapsed into her seat in the courtroom when the judge read the verdict. How was she found guilty? This week, we hear from prosecutor Colleen Barnett, blood-spatter expert Celestina Rossi, and the jury foreman. They all agree: Sandra did it.
How this story was reported: Reporters Grace White and Matt Keyser spent months reviewing the case file, provided by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. That was complete with original police reports, investigators’ notes and interrogation tapes, crime scene photos, and Jaime “Jim” Melgar’s autopsy report. White and Keyser spoke with prosecutor Colleen Barnett, who provided great detail about the state’s case against Sandra, and family members of Jim and Sandra, who provided valuable insight into their life and marriage.