In 2014, Greg Kelley’s future looked bright. The Leander High School football star was preparing for a college career that he hoped would lead him to the NFL. But his life came to a crashing halt when he was wrongly accused of sexually molesting two children at an in-home daycare center operated out of a friend’s house, where he had previously lived for an extended period of time. Directed by Williamson County resident Pat Kondelis, the Showtime five-part docuseries Outcry chronicles Greg Kelley’s 2014 25-year conviction without parole on two counts of super aggravated sexual assault of a child and the grassroots and legal efforts to secure his 2019 exoneration by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Outcry delves deep into the Cedar Park Police Department investigation of the accusations, the Williamson County District Attorney’s prosecution of the then 18-year-old Kelley, and the defense Kelley received by his trial attorney Patricia Cummings. Outcry examines the grassroots campaign to prove Kelley’s innocence, details the new and vital evidence introduced by Kelley’s appellate attorney Keith Hampton during his 2017 writ hearing, and captures the uncertainty felt by Kelley and his allies that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals would overturn his conviction. Outcry, which features multiple interviews with Kelley conducted over the course of more than two years, was to premiere locally during this year’s SXSW Film Festival. New episodes of Outcry premieres at 9 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 2. All five episodes are currently available to stream at the Showtime and the Showtime Anytime apps. The creative director of the Austin-based Bat Bridge Entertainment, Pat Kondelis previously directed the CNN series High Profits, about Colorado's legal cannabis industry; Disgraced, a Showtime documentary about the 2003 murder of Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy; and the HBO documentary The Scheme, about the FBI’s 2017 investigation into college basketball corruption.
Please note this interview was conducted before Cedar Park Police Sgt. Christopher Dailey resigned on July 9 after city officials voiced their concerns about his handling of the Greg Kelley investigation.
Aired: July 16, 2020