In 35 years on Florida's death row, Tommy Zeigler's cries of innocence have swayed a former newspaper editor, the daughter of a police chief who helped put him behind bars and an assortment of others who have come to believe that he didn't commit one of the state's most notorious mass slayings of the 1970s.
A reporter wrote a book about him called "Fatal Flaw," and national TV programs -- including "Unsolved Mysteries" -- turned a skeptical eye on the evidence. His many supporters now range from a former sheriff's deputy who helped investigate the slayings to celebrity civil rights activist Bianca Jagger.
A private investigator believes in the 66-year-old Zeigler's innocence so strongly that she picked up his case last year and has worked on it almost full time for free.
On April 11, Zeigler's longtime lawyers tried again to get the appeals courts to re-examine his case. A new motion claims evidence turned up recently by the investigator pokes more holes in the case against Zeigler and creates enough new reasonable doubt to tip the scales in favor of a new trial.
The document claims prosecutors lied and withheld information from Zeigler's lawyers -- including the existence of a key witness.
Prosecutors then and now have portrayed Zeigler as a calculating monster who slaughtered his wife, her parents and another man in the family furniture store on Christmas Eve 1975 to collect insurance money.