“Lindy Lou,” a woman from rural Mississippi, always thought she could easily give the death penalty. Then she sat on a jury that handed down a death sentence to a man convicted in a double homicide. Twenty years later, in the new documentary film “Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2,” Lindy travels through Mississippi and interviews her 11 fellow jurors regarding the repercussions of that decision.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, the documentary will be screened at Park University, starting at 3 p.m. in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater within Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus. Following the screening of the 85-minute film, a discussion will be held with Lindy and representatives from production company Working Films and Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.
In 2006, Lindy met the man, Bobby Wilcher, whom she and the other jurors sentenced to death in the 1982 murders of two women, Katie Bell Moore and Velma Odell Noblin. Lindy sought Wilcher’s forgiveness and became his friend. This friendship shocked and she lost dear friends along the way. Other than Wilcher’s attorney, Lindy was his only visitor the day of Wilcher’s execution at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman on Oct. 18, 2006. Traumatized, this is how Lindy begins her journey and finds her fellow jurors to question the impact the experience had on them.
According to Staci Pratt, executive director of MADP, the film challenges the sense that the death penalty is an abstract, distant concept unlikely to personally touch lives. “Every citizen in Missouri faces the possibility of being called to a capital jury,” Pratt said. “We all need to understand the practical realities of this civic duty. Every death sentence has a lasting human cost and impacts every individual in its proximity, including jurors.”