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Case of teen convicted of solicitation to commit murder being documented for TV show

'Deadly Women' team discusses case of Danielle Black with Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael

February 10, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael is given an identification board to hold at filming for "Deadly Women."
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

The case of a Washington County teenager convicted of solicitation to commit first-degree murder in the death of her father is being documented for the television series, "Deadly Women."

Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael sat down Thursday with a production team from Beyond Productions of Sydney, Australia, to discuss the case of Danielle Black, who attempted to solicit someone to kill her father, Billy Lee Black, who was stabbed to death on  Halloween 2008.

The segment is being produced for the Investigation Discovery channel, producer Jeremy Adair said.

The show will likely air in the second half of this year, said Adair, who was accompanied by cameraman Geoff Thomas and sound technician Jen Longhurst.

"It's a notorious case with a bizarre outcome ... the fact that you have a teenage girl who appears to have arranged the murder of her father," said Adair, who interviewed Billy Black's widow, Andrea Black, earlier in the day.

"We did check with the survivors and sought their approval before we participated in the project," Michael said before taping began.

Danielle Black, now 17, was convicted by a jury in July 2009 and sentenced to life with all but 10 years suspended.

The man who killed Billy Black, Alec Scott Eger, 21, entered an Alford plea in 2010 and was sentenced to life with all but 25 years suspended.

An Alford plea means the accused does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the state had sufficient evidence to prove its case.

Eger was not the man Danielle Black approached to kill her father, according to court records. A clinical psychologist who testified at Eger's sentencing told the court that Eger believed he had to protect those he perceived as vulnerable, in this case Danielle Black.

Black had shown Eger bruises on her body, which Eger's attorney said at the sentencing might have been self-inflicted, and blamed the injuries on her father.

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