A 1998 death penalty case tried in Baldwin County will be re-visited later this year through the Investigation Discovery Network.

On Oct. 2, 1998, after a nine-day trial, a jury of eight men and four women took only two hours to convict John Anthony Esposito for the 1996 bludgeoning death of 90-year-old Lola Davis of Lumberton, N.C.

Esposito, now 33 and awaiting execution on Georgia’s death row at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification prison in Jackson, and his girlfriend, Alicia Woodward, now 31 and serving a life sentence at Pulaski State Prison in Hawkinsville, murdered three elderly people — one a husband and wife couple of 50 years — over a two-week period in 1996.

“It was savage. There’s no excuse for beating a 90-year-old lady to death. It was obvious she had not put up a fight. I knew right away it had to be a death penalty case,” Bright said Sunday as a crew filmed footage for the upcoming television airing.

Bright made the remarks Sunday to a freelance film crew while inside the actual courtroom where Esposito was tried. The film crew, hired by Hampton, Va.,-based m2 Pictures, is working with the Investigation Discovery Network (ID Network), to create episodes of “Wicked Attractions” for the network.

“It’s a show about the psychology of couples who kill. Esposito and Woodward are classic examples of when two people get together and start feeding off each other’s psychology. It’s not just a coincidence when two people like this come together,” Anne Rothwell, “Wicked Attractions” co-executive producer, stated.

Wicked Attractions currently airs on the ID Network Thursdays at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The show is presently in re-runs of its first season, and the Esposito case — tried in Baldwin County after an accepted change of venue from the Morgan County location where Davis’ body was discovered outside Madison in September 1996 — will air later this year as the seventh episode of 13 for the show’s second season, Rothwell said.

Esposito and Woodward abducted Davis from a grocery store parking lot on Sept. 19, 1996, after Woodward persuaded Davis to give her a ride from the store to a location behind a nearby movie theater.

Esposito then jumped into the car while Woodward took over as driver, kidnapping Davis.

The two then drove more than five hours to Madison where, in a hayfield only a few miles outside of town, Davis was ordered out of the car and then bludgeoned to death by Esposito.

“She was supposed to come back by 2 p.m. and when she didn’t return her husband called the Lumberton Police Department,” Bright said. “We didn’t know who she was but she was obviously beaten to death.”

Esposito and Woodward drove Davis’ car to Alabama, disposing of the car and Davis’ purse. The car was later found to have fingerprints, palm prints and footprints matching Esposito’s while Esposito’s DNA was discovered on a discarded cigarette in the car.

“We had an arrest warrant issued within two days of Lola Davis being reported missing by her husband,” Bright said.

That information came in part involving an investigation and information received from Woodward’s mother, who had reported Woodward asking for money to be wired to Lumberton where Davis was reported missing, according to Bright.

The Investigation Discovery Network is focusing on the potential motives behind Woodward’s and Esposito’s behavior, as the two later abducted and murdered Lawrence Merrill Snider and Marguarite Bertha Snider from Oklahoma City, Okla.

Lawrence was killed less than two weeks before his 91st birthday. Marguarite was 86 at the time of her death. Information surrounding the circumstances of the murder of the husband and wife couple was later used in the penalty phase of Esposito’s murder trial.

The bodies of the Sniders were discovered in Texas on Oct. 3, 1996. Both had been beaten to death with a tire iron from the trunk of their car.

“We tried him first under a death sentence in Georgia. The case has been withheld the whole way,” Bright said. “I’ll be watching [the completed episode], but it’s not about me. It’s about the case. It was a big case which stretched across the entire country and involved law enforcement from North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. We literally went to every single crime scene and talked to every witness. This case would be to me the epitome of an awesome investigation which required the complete cooperation of all those law enforcement agencies involved.”

As for the motivations behind the killings, Bright said serial killer Esposito’s case was “the worse of the worst” of those he has prosecuted in the past.

“They went hunting for elderly people to kill. He would have kept killing until he got caught — those are not my words but his,” Bright said. “He admitted that in Colorado [where they were captured] they were looking for another person to kill. He showed no mercy or remorse in his killing. When he was captured, he stated ‘I don’t have any remorse. I don’t have a conscience.’”

Bright will be flown to Colorado later this month to continue his interview for the ID Network, this time from the scene where Esposito and Woodward were captured.

While in Baldwin County, the crew filmed Bright walking down a hallway, entering the courtroom, examining documents and interacting with Chief Investigator Mark Robinson and Investigator Randy Ellis, who provided informational assistance for Bright’s interview and who were also involved with Esposito’s prosecution in 1998.

The crew also filmed exterior shots of downtown Milledgeville, the Baldwin County Courthouse, Georgia Military College, the Old Governor’s Mansion, North Liberty Street homes, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office and interior shots of the courtroom where Esposito was tried for murder.

The Esposito and Woodward episode of “Wicked Attraction” — currently still unnamed — featuring Esposito’s trial in Milledgeville will air later this year, according to Rothwell.

When asked his opinion on why shows such as “Wicked Attraction” are popular among viewers, Bright cited similar programs as a motivating factor.

“Everybody watches ‘CSI.’ People are fascinated with solving crimes and courts. We’ve used a lot of what people would see on ‘CSI.’ We had 258 exhibits [during the trial],” Bright said. “People are fascinated by serial killers.”

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