Shan Carter robbed a drug dealer, and following an outbreak of violence related to this robbery was convicted of three 1997 murders and sentenced to death. However the truth may be that:
- Shan is completely innocent of the kidnapping and murder of drug dealer Donald Brunson.
- Shan was acting in self-defense when he shot at drug dealer Tyrone Baker and possibly killed him.
- Shan may have been responsible for the accidental and inadvertent death of Demetrius Green, an 8 year-old boy who was sitting in a car when struck by a ricocheting bullet.