Morley Safer's pick: Lenell Geter's in Jail

Long before there was DNA testing, how did a convicted man escape a life sentence?

When we asked Morley Safer to choose a piece for our summer series of "Correspondent Favorites," he had a lot of options. After 41 years on "60 Minutes," Morley has a huge archive of stories.

Yet Morley didn't hesitate when he made his choice: a 1983 piece titled "Lenell Geter's in Jail." It was also a favorite of 60 Minutes' creator, Don Hewitt.

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The piece tells the story Lenell Geter, a young, successful engineer in Greenville, Texas, who was sentenced to life in prison for the armed robbery of a Kentucky Fried Chicken store. Prosecutors were convinced that they had the right man.

In a great piece of investigative reporting, Morley and producer Suzanne St. Pierre dug into the case in a way that the prosecutors had failed to, and ultimately Morley's piece saved the life of this young man. How did they do it? Watch the piece. What happened to Lenell Geter? At the end of this "60 Rewind," Morley will tell you.

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