Law school student Clint Ehrlich watched the Dateline NBC episode “The Girl with the Blue Mustang” about the 2000 murder of 18-year-old Michelle O’Keefe and the conviction of Iraq War vet Ray Jennings. Jennings was working as a security guard at the parking lot where O’Keefe was killed. She had been shot to death inside her new car. Jennings was the one who radioed for help. Although there was no physical evidence or DNA or weapon found, Jennings was (after three trials) found guilty of the murder of O’Keefe. After watching the Dateline report, Ehrlich noticed holes in the prosecutor’s case and turned to his father, lawyer Jeffrey Ehrlich. Together, the two Ehrlichs reopened the case and helped free Jennings after he’d served 11 years in jail.
The Ehrlichs have started a GoFundMe campaign (#RepayRay) and have raised more than $18,000 for Jennings after his release. Clint Ehrlich says: “Ray risked his life for our country. This is the least we can do to pay him back.” Clint also says his father, Ray’s attorney, “donated all of his time and will not charge Ray any fees. All the money goes to Ray. Period.” Chris Ehrlichs will be interviewed on Dateline NBC which airs Fridays at 9pm on ABC.