The murder of Cassandra Bryant was the subject of the eighth episode of the TV One true-crime series "ATL Homicide." Bryant's body was discovered near a dumpster outside an apartment building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in October 2003.
"ATL Homicide" recreates cases as told by David Quinn and Vince Velazquez, two retired Atlanta Police Department homicide detectives. Quinn has called the show "like an APD greatest hits LP for us."
Some of these cases were followed by local media at the time but others, such as Bryant's murder, were under the radar. Here are two briefs that the AJC published regarding the Bryant's case:
From Oct. 10, 2003:
Law & Order briefs: Atlanta: Man arrested in woman's slaying
Atlanta police arrested a man on a murder charge Thursday. Willie Mizell, 46, was charged in the death of Cassandra Bryant, 42, whose body was discovered Wednesday outside an apartment in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Mizell is being held at the Fulton County Jail.
From Jan. 25, 2011:
Atlanta briefs: Court reinstates man's murder conviction
The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the murder conviction against a man charged in the beating death of a woman in October 2003.
The court overturned a ruling by a judge who had granted Willie Mizell a new trial for the killing of 42-year-old Cassandra Bryant, whose body was found near a dumpster close to Mizell's apartment. —Bill Rankin
For more information about the details of this case, check out this 2011 Georgia Supreme Court decision which overturned another court's ruling to give Mizell a new trial.
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