Disney’s ABC News Studios has announced details on a new “20/20” documentary special, “What The Little Girl Saw”, which takes a look at what happened when former semi-pro hockey player Thomas Clayton found his wife, Kelley Clayton, murdered in their New York home one night after a late poker game, he called 911 in distress. But as police investigated, they discovered evidence calling Thomas’s motives into question and sensed something more sinister at play.
A new “20/20” reveals the twisted plot behind the gruesome murder of the mother of two, Kelley Clayton, and how her 7-year-old daughter was the sole witness to the crime. The program features reporting from ABC News senior national affairs correspondent and “20/20” contributing anchor Deborah Roberts and “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts’ exclusive interview with Michael Beard, the hit man serving life in prison for Kelley’s murder, who claims innocence and tells what he says happened for the first time.
The two-hour episode includes police body camera footage from the crime scene, as well as video obtained from authorities of police’s shocking interview with then 7-year-old Charlie Clayton, Kelley and Thomas’ daughter. The program also features interviews with Elizabeth Stage, Kelley’s mother; Kim Bourgeois, Kelley’s sister; Greg and Lucky Miller, Thomas’ former friends who he was with on the night of the murder; Steuben County Sheriff James Allard and other law enforcement officers who investigated the case; and Weeden Wetmore and Susan Rider-Ulacco, from the Chemung County District Attorney’s office who prosecuted the case.
ABC News’ “20/20” is an award-winning primetime program anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. A proven leader as a long-form newsmagazine for over 40 years, “20/20” features unforgettable, character-driven true-crime mysteries, exclusive newsmaker interviews, hard-hitting investigative reports and in-depth coverage of high-profile stories. Janice Johnston is the executive producer. T
“20/20” airs on Friday, 20th January 2023, on ABC (9:01-11:00 p.m. EST), and it will be available to stream on the ABC News Digital Platform and the next day on Hulu. While no international release has been announced, many of the “20/20” documentaries are released as Star Originals on Disney+.