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Bruce Lisker case is focus of '48 Hours' episode

October 15, 2010 |  9:57 am


The saga of Bruce Lisker, the man whose 1985 murder conviction was overturned last year, will be the focus of a "48 Hours" episode on Saturday.

A federal judge overturned the conviction after finding that he had been convicted on "false evidence" and that his original attorney did not adequately represent him.

The judge's findings mirrored those of a 2005 Times investigation that raised questions about key elements of the prosecution's case against Lisker and exposed the Los Angeles Police Department's murder investigation as sloppy and incomplete.

In March 1983, Lisker said he found his mother beaten and stabbed in the family's Sherman Oaks home and called paramedics.

Detectives were immediately suspicious of Lisker, a frizzy-haired 17-year-old with a history of drug abuse and fighting with his mother. His relationship with his parents had deteriorated to the point that they were paying for him to live in a nearby studio apartment.

Lisker was released from prison in August 2009 after 26 years behind bars. Last week, a federal judge rejected an attempt by state lawyers to send Lisker back to prison.

The "48 Hours" episode airs Saturday at 10 p.m. PT/ET on CBS.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Photo: Bruce Lisker waves after his release from prison last year. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times