The full video series: Presumption of Fear
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The full video series: Presumption of Fear

Posted November 28, 2018 2:52 p.m. EST
Updated January 15, 2019 12:50 p.m. EST

Watch every episode of WRAL reporter Mandy Mitchell's investigative series "Presumption of Fear."

On Oct. 12, 2013, Christian Griggs was shot to death by his father-in-law, who authorities said acted in self-defense. In Episode 1 of Presumption of Fear, WRAL reporter Mandy Mitchell tells the story of that day.

Christian Griggs and Katie Chisenhall started dating in high school. They learned they would have a baby months before graduation and decided to get married. Episode 2 is the story of how their relationship started and how it began to unravel.

Christian Griggs joined the military to support his family and defend his country. He came home from Iraq a changed man with a crumbling marriage. Episode 3 describes what happened and how it affected Griggs.

In the five years since the shooting death of Christian Griggs, his family's questions have mounted. Episode 4 explores their questions about the shooting and about the investigation.

Legal experts disagree on how much protection the Castle Doctrine provides for people who use deadly force to defend their homes. A jury will decide. Episode 5 looks at the Castle Doctrine and some of the arguments.