The 48 Hours episode “My Mother’s Murder” follows a story that CBS News correspondent Richard Schlesinger has been covering for more than ten years. In June 2005, 39-year-old Jennifer Jackson was found brutally stabbed to death (51 times) in her bedroom in Memphis, Tennessee. Her 18-year-old daughter Noura Jackson found her mother’s body and called 911. Three months after her mother’s murder, Noura was arrested and charged with matricide. In 2009, Noura Jackson was found guilty of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years and 9 months in prison. She has always claimed her innocence.
[The book Stranger to the Truth chronicles the murder of Jennifer Jackson and the trial of Noura Jackson]
In August 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned Noura Jackson’s conviction and ordered a new trial. Her attorneys say the first trial was marred by circumstantial evidence — there was no physical evidence. But a new trial never happened – Jackson accepted a plea deal of voluntary manslaughter. She was released in August 2016 based on credit for time already served. The 48 Hours episode “My Mother’s Murder” will air Saturday, October 1 at 9pm on CBS.