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Berrien County podcast's investigation featured on 20/20

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A Berrien County podcast’s investigation into the 2012 murder of Jaime Melgar will be featured on Friday’s episode of ABC’s “20/20.”

Bob Ruff, creator and host of the “Truth and Justice” podcast based in Bridgman, Michigan, has enjoyed his partnership with the “20/20” team.

“I’m excited about it because I had a really good working relationship with the producers. The only thing we were asking is that we put a fair and balanced report out there and let the truth speak for itself,” Ruff said.

The former Northern Berrien Fire Department Chief hosts the weekly program dedicated to researching cases of people some believe are wrongfully convicted.

ABC News senior national correspondent Matt Gutman credits Ruff’s “army of sleuths” comprised of podcast listeners who offer their own perspectives regarding the controversial case, with the investigation’s success.

“Bob Ruff and the podcast “Truth & Justice” are probably the main characters of this show because they take the time and effort to look into this murder so thoroughly. And he has got some fascinating theories about what really happened out there,” Gutman said.

On December 24, 2012, Jaime Melgar was found murdered in his bedroom in what initially appeared to be a home invasion. His wife, Sandra, was found in the bathroom closet with her hands bound behind her back and no memory of the events.

Sandra, who suffers from epilepsy and lupus, claims she blacked out during the attack.

Last year, Sandra was convicted of killing Jaime, which shocked her and her family.

Authorities claim Sandra staged the home invasion and murdered Jaime. Sandra maintains her innocence.

Gutman will report the latest details on the case and sit down with Lizz Rose, Sandra and Jaime’s daughter, during Friday’s episode.

Interviews with Ruff and prosecutor Colleen Barnett will also be featured.

“20/20” airs Friday, November 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST) on ABC.

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