Happy Friday, everyone! We have an update on the dangerous street code known as "stop snitchin'", where witnesses to crimes keep silent rather than testify in court. The "stop snitchin'" message is spread in DVDs, clothes and in hip-hop music.
Tonight, we take you to Baltimore where prosecutors say a man was murdered for trying to tell the truth.
Carl Lackl, 38, came face to face with a gunman fleeing a murder scene. He agreed to talk in court. But then, in July 2007, outside his house with his baby girl and 11 year old niece, a teenager drove by in a car and opened fire on Lackl, killing him in front of the children.
Investigators say Lackl's murder was a hit ordered from city jail, by the man he was going to testify against.
"Carl Lackl was a hero who deserves to be remembered," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a news release. "He knelt to comfort a dying man, he called police to report a murder, and he stepped forward to protect other citizens from a violent armed criminal."
So, what happened to the hit man?
Don't miss Joe Johns' report on this case tonight on AC360°. We'll also talk about what steps can be done to protect witnesses to crimes.
If you witnessed a crime would you be afraid to testify in court? Share your thoughts below.
Tonight, you'll also meet a daredevil kayaker who wasn't afraid to free fall down a 186-foot long waterfall to set a new world record. It's must-see video. Don't miss it.
Go ahead and grab that Friday night snack and get comfy on the couch.
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