April 9, 2013

Gilliam murder trial on ‘Snapped’ April 21

Film crew visited London in December

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The murder trial of Lisa Gilliam, who was accused of killing her attorney husband in his London law office on Jan. 7, 2011, will be the subject of the Oxygen Channel’s “Snapped,” on Sunday, April 21.

Snapped, in its seventh season, profiles the real life cases of women accused of murder.

A film crew visited Somerset and London in December to gather information for the show.

Gilliam’s defense attorneys, Scott Foster and Robert Norfleet, will be featured on the show to tell about the trial that ended in a hung jury.

Gilliam’s trial began in mid-September and lasted for three days. The jury deliberated for nearly five hours but ultimately could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Less than a month later, Special Judge Robert McGinnis ruled in favor of a directed verdict of acquittal, as filed by Gilliam’s attorneys two days after the trial ended. They had previously filed two similar motions in Gilliam’s case, both of which were denied. A directed verdict occurs when the judge, rather than the jury, makes the final decision in a case.

Gilliam maintained her innocence throughout the incident that began with a 9-1-1 call to Laurel Dispatch on a Friday afternoon in early January 2011. According to Lisa Gilliam, her husband — London attorney Larry Gilliam — had shot himself in his Fourth Street office. Larry Gilliam died at Saint Joseph London a short time after being transported from his office to the hospital.

The episode, entitled “Lisa Gilliam,” will air on Oxygen on Sunday, April 21 at 9 p.m.