Plants said he thought West Virginians would be interested in watching the case unfold.
"More importantly, this case highlights a very important issue, and that's the effect domestic violence has on families," Plants said. "About 40 percent of domestic violence occurs in front of a child, and in this case a child lost his life.
"It doesn't just happen to females and it doesn't just affect females. This affects children and entire families."
He said their interviews likely would also air today's and Friday's shows.
This is not the first "In Session" featuring a West Virginia case.
Tufts said the show aired the trial of Army Private First Class Stephen "Mo" Wilson, who was on trial for the murder and robbery of the Rev. Mark McCalla of Highlawn Presbyterian Church in Huntington, in early 2010.
Wilson, a deserter from Ohio, was tried and convicted in December 2009.
He and Daniel Smith, another deserter also convicted on murder charges, were infantrymen in the Army's 10th Mountain Division and went AWOL from Fort Drum, N.Y., in May 2008. They were staying in Huntington with another soldier from Fort Drum when the incident occurred.
McCalla was shot and killed at Beech Fork Wildlife Management Area shooting range in June 2008. His wallet and two firearms were missing.
The two were captured at a bus station in Ohio and returned to West Virginia to stand trial. Smith was sentenced to life with mercy while Wilson was sentenced to 160 years in prison.
Wilson was in the news in July when he and two other inmates at Mount Olive Correctional Facility in Fayette County escaped. They were quickly located, and state officials said a "botched head count" led to their misplacement.
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