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Shocking New Information About Jenny Jones Show Killer Comes To Light

A typical talk show program set the scene for tragedy when information revealed on air led to murder.

The “Jenny Jones Show” guest convicted of killing another man who appeared on the program is no longer in prison after serving 18 years behind bars, the Daily Mail reported.

According to the British tabloid, Jonathan Schmitz left a Michigan jail on Tuesday. In 1995, a judge sentenced him to 25-50 years’ incarceration on a second-degree murder charge. The victim, 32-year-old Scott Amedure, proclaimed his love for Schmitz on the nationally televised show in 1995. The 24-year-old Schmitz, who is now 47, admitted he killed the man three days after the taping of the program. When he surrendered to police, Schmitz explained that Amedure had publicly humiliated him.

Frank Amedure Jr., the slain man’s older brother, was not happy when authorities granted Schmitz parole at a hearing in March. He said he doubted that the killer “learned what he should have” while in prison, adding: “I wanted assurance that the decision was not based on just good behavior in prison. I’d like to know that he learned something, that he’s a changed man, is no longer homophobic and has gotten psychological care.”

In an interview with television station WXYZ, the brother asked: “Did he get what he deserved? I don’t know. Should he be in there longer? I don’t know. So I struggle with all that, but he’s not the only person I blame for my brother’s death.” He suggested that some of those associated with the “Jenny Jones Show” may have shared some of the responsibility.

The attorney for the Amedure family during Schmitz’s original trial, Geoffrey Fieger, went a step further. He argued that everyone connected to the program deserves jail terms. “That show set (Schmitz) up and certainly took Scott Amedure’s life for no reason,” Fieger said. The New York Post reported that the show’s producers were found liable for Amedure’s death in 1999. A civil jury in Michigan determined that the program should give $25 million to the victim’s family. Another court later reversed the ruling.

While viewers never saw the full program, news stations showed excerpts that embarrassed Schmitz, who says he is not gay. According to CBS Detroit, the show invited the man to come to Chicago to appear on the show with a “secret admirer.” The mysterious second guest turned out to be Amedure, a Schmitz acquaintance who had not previously revealed his feelings. When Jones introduced Schmitz, she told him: “Well, guess what, it’s Scott that has the crush on you.” While the crowd reacted with surprise, Schmitz laughed and insisted he was “completely heterosexual.”

After apparently fuming about the incident for three days, Schmitz bought a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. He drove to Amedure’s home in Lake Orion, Mich., and committed the murder. Schmitz immediately called 911 to turn himself in to police. The killer’s lawyer claimed his client acted irrationally due to a manic-depressive condition, and because Amedure had stalked him. However, a jury in Oakland County, Michigan, found the defendant guilty. Schmitz was originally scheduled to be released from prison on Dec. 17, 2037.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: WXYZ

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