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. >> i thought, you know, we had the best system in the world. innocent people just don't go to jail in america. daniel villegas. by the time john wrote his letter, a veteran of the texas prison system.then. wouldn't even be eligible for parole until he was in his 50s.ng of his daughter growing up without a father. >> i just started crying and crying.between the decision to take his own life and the final act, daniel, for the first time in years, said a
>> you know what, god, man, i . i'm not asking you to let me out. but if you are, give me some type of sunshine i'm coming me. >> the next day he got my letter. >> reporter: coincidence, of uld it be? but daniel decided maybe hope was worth having after all. and when mimbela went to see himeard from daniel was far different from anything he'd read in the police report.ned the night those boys were murdered? in fact, said daniel, he had no idea. yes, he heard about it. to his friends, stupidly, that he was the tough guy who did it. and sure enough, before too was taken to a room at the juvenile investigative service office handcuffed to a chair facing a veteran homicide detective namedfonso marquez.
appearance on the tv show "cops," where he was featured onat same year, 1993.l things you want to say? >> reporter: daniel was 16. terrified, he said. certainly naive.nda rights four times, but never asked for an attorney. daniel, demanded that he confess. >> "and if you don't," he said, "then i'm gonna takert, handcuff you to my car, kick your ass, let you walk back to the highway, pick you up again, kick your ass, and then they take you to the county jail[ bleep ] and let them rape you." >> reporter: daniel said, he thing to do with the murders of those two teens. >> so, he starts telling me, e punk, you know what i'm saying? i know you did this." back of the head anytime, you
"do you hear me punk? you hear me?" >> reporter: then detective marquez offered him a deal, said daniel -- cop to the crime and go to juvieof prison. he said, "if you don't make a statement," he said, "i'm gonna make sure you get the electric chair and i'm gonna fry your ass." >> if you confess to committing at you would get a lighter sentence. but if you didn't confess, he would make sure you got the death penalty? >> yeah. and he was gonna pull the switch on it. i was willing to do anythi get away from him so, i said, "you know, okay, i'll make a statement." >> reporter: that, said daniel, was after four hours in d and exhausted. >> and you said yes to everything? >> yeah. >> but you didn't think when you said those i'm gonna be in prison for the >> no. i didn't even think none of that. >> come on? >> yeah. the future. you're just thinkin' about the present moment. >> getting out of there. >> exactly. >> reporter: detective mar football thing right. reporter: as a super pac announced this plan to run this ad against rubio super bowl. e attacks
crowds at one of his woman overwhelmed, many willing to overlook a rough debate. >> i think a lot of them are pretty scripted even this they out on it. >> it's a long race. one two-minute exchange isn't going to change my mind. >> reporter: there are still a lot of voters rabs here. a new poll out today from monmouth university shows that about half of republican primary voters in the state of new hampshire still have not decided on a candidate. >> thanks so much. a ground game here in new hampshire intensified for the democrats as well today with bernie sanders holding a commanding lead in new hampshire. hillary clinton made a side trip today. we get more on the democrats from kristen welker. >> reporter: with two days until the new hampshire primary, secretary clinton taking a detour today to a baptist church in largely african-american flint, michigan, impacted by a toxic water crisis. >> this is not nearly
though it is both. what happened in flint is immoral. >> reporter: clinton's visit designed to resonate with her base in key states like south carolina. critical if she loses new hampshire. but the clintons aren't giving up on the granite state. volunteers are going door to door. her surrogate in chief, former president bill clinton, reminiscing about the state where he famously dubbed himsel catapult him to the presidency. >> this is 1992 on steroids. you need to respond on steroids, and you'll never regret it. >> reporter: hillary sanders in the state, including among women, and clinton on the attack, trying to paint sanders as week on foreign policy. >> there really isn't any kind of foreign policy network that is supporting and advising senator sanders. >> reporter: sanders firing back on the trail in new hampshire. >> was the war in iraq.
hillary clinton was wrong. >> reporter: hailing from neighboring vermont, sanders is leading clinton by double digits in the latest polls. but clinton has proven experience here, waging her own comeback in 2008, beating barack obama. with 48 hours 'til the primary, many voters still making up their minds. what's going to help you make that decision? look again at the clean air program and the health bill. things that i'm really looking at. >> reporter: now, while senator sanders still has a sizeable clinton has picked up seven points in the kate. >> kristen welker here in manchester. bernie sanders made a quick detour out of new hampshire city to appear on "saturday night live" last night alongside by 3:00 a.m., sanders was back here in new hampshire. i caught up with him this morning and asked about a range of subjects from his battle for the female
madeleine albright, former secretary of state, was doing an event for hillary clinton, and she said there's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. she's talking about your voters. >> i think that's an unfortunate statement. women should help women. women should help men, men should help women. we are now talking about the president of the united states, and people should make their decision based on who they think can do the job best. >> you've been taking some heat for foreign policy. what do you say to critics who say you don't have knowledge? >> this is what i say. i say, a, it's nonsense. i say, b, it's the same argument used against barack obama in 2008. who is this senator, this young senator? he doesn't have any experience with foreign policy. didn't work then. won't work now. thirdly and most importantly, the most important foreign policy issue in the modern history of this country was the war in iraq. okay? not only did i vote against that war, which was the right vote, i helped lead the opposition to that war.
wait a second! [ cheers and applause ] >> we were just talking about "saturday night live." >> she gave me a >> are you sure it wasn't a cough and a wipe and a shake? >> no, no. >> are you a fan of enthusiasm?" >> i thought it was programs around. i loved it. it? >> yes. of surreal for you, to have larry david doing live"? >> surreal would be an understatement. >> i'll have more of my interview with bernie sanders tomorrow on msnbc one more fact to consider as voters head to the polls tuesday more snow is on the way here and throughout new england, advisories and warnings in effect from new york all the way up to maine for the next day or so. there could be blizzard conditions in parts of coastal massachusetts, possible snow amounts range from two to four inches in new york, four to seven inches in manchester new hampshire and up to a foot in plymouth, massachusetts.
swift and strong today after north korea launched a rocket that the u.n. security council called a dangerous move toward golfment of a nuclear weapons delivery system. for its part the u.s. warned of serious consequences. we get more tonight from kelly o'donnell. >> reporter: brazen national pride today in tightly controlled images, celebration in north korea. condemnation at the united nations. >> this is totally outrageous. and unacceptable. >> reporter: leader kim jong-un defied the world again with the illegal long of a long range rocket. just a satellite they said. after four nuclear tests, the regime is believed to be pursuing systems that could deliver a nuclear weapon great distances, in violation of multiple u.n. resolutions. so the security council called an emergency meeting, rare for a sunday. >> there cannot be
>> ambassadors from the u.s., japan and south korea say all 15 member nations condemn the north's repeated violations, and pledged new tougher sanctions. >> as a korean, it is sad, almost pathetic to urge the state celebrations on the streets of pyongyang. >> samantha power said high into's cooperation is critical and needs to recognize the scope of the threat. >> we will come tough. we will come forward with something comprehensive. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry worked the phones today to reassure allies, japan and south korea that the united states will defend them against a north korean threat, and in a new development, talks will begin to consider setting up an american made anti-ballistic missile defense system peninsula. kate? >> kelly o'donnell in washington tonight. two days after
earthquake in southern taiwan the death toll is at least 32 people. more than 170 have been rescued from the remains of a high-rise apartment building that collapsed but many more are still trapped. kelly cobiella tonight on the effort to find more survivors. >> reporter: hang in there, the rescuer says. "we're almost there." after being trapped for more than 24 hours, this man is finally freed, injured on a stretcher, but alive. rescuers believe more than 100 people are still buried. today, more victories. baby brought out alive, and this little girl. but each dig is dangerous. the rubble is unstable. drilling for one survivor could put another or the rescuers themselves in harm's way. tainan's mayor says it's taking eight to ten hours to reach each person. when the 6. earthquake struck, several buildings tilted, ten
big as this. the mountain of debris so high, bodies have to be lifted out by crane. relatives waiting to identify them down below. this mother doesn't know if her 20-year-old son is alive. families worried and grieving on taiwan's biggest family holiday, the lunar new year. today's celebrations are on hold. it's moments like these that offer hope their loved ones will be rescued soon. kelly cobiella, nbc news. >> one of the biggest security operations of the year is under way not far from san francisco, talking about the super bowl. the bay area is flooded with not only fans from around the country but a massive team of law enforcement officers. miguel almaguer reports on the challenge of keeping everyone safe. >> reporter: this is what they came for. 70,000 people streaming into levi's stadium.
area, all eyes on the super bowl but not everyone here will be watching the game. >> there's a ton of different officers here in various capacities. >> reporter: this officer is with san francisco p.d. their team of tactical, undercover and uniformed officers scanning the crowd. >> nothing can compare to the millions of people that are coming here. >> reporter: her team, one of the 60 agencies securing the game. >> the security is just top notch. >> makes me feel safe. it's what you want. it's what you expect. >> reporter: today a final briefing in this command center in an undisclosed location. units are patrolling the bay and local waterways, and flying in unison in blackhawks crisscrossing the air. customs and border protection blackhawks like these will often work in tandem during the super bowl. they are some of the most highly qualified air teams anywhere in the country.
it a symbolic target, one difficult to protect. levi's stadium is 45 miles from san francisco, a sprawling area with no shortage of soft targets. >> we live in an uncertain world, and the events that happened in san bernardino and in paris have certainly made us more connected to the fbi, to the northern california regional intelligence center. >> reporter: together those agencies face the biggest security challenge of the year. one team protecting a sea of fans during a game where the stakes couldn't be higher. the fbi is leading the operation here on the ground. they say there is no known kribls recredible risk. they also say that levi's stadium may be one of the safest places to be tonight anywhere in the country. when "nightly news" continues this sunday from new hampshire, beyond the quintessential new england beauty the struggle endured by so many families here.
we're back with an issue that hits home for an increasing number of families in this state. an epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction. the presidential candidates have taken note of it. ted cruz at last night's debate describing his late half sister's experience. here in new hampshire, you don't have to look far to find families shaken to their core. >> all right, buddy. show us what you've got. >> reporter: kelly and radou never expected to be caring for their 18-month-old grandson, landon, after raising four girls of their own. but nothing about the last six years has
their eldest, sarah, went from pot to painkillers to spending $100 a day on heroin. >> where did you get that money? >> a lot of different things. stealing money, prostituting myself, something i'm not proud of, but i did it when i was using. >> and then the unplanned pregnancy. >> i was hoping the baby would actually help her, and then it looked like it was. but then later on, she told us that every day for her to take care of landon, she would have to get high at some point. >> the disease is so strong. >> reporter: that's when kelly and radu took custody and sent sarah to florida for treatment. they say there are few options in new hampshire. in the snow-covered woods, heroin has found a foothold. >> i think this is important. >> it's why saturday the town of londonderry was debating putting aside $50,000 for counseling. john le farrier is on the school board and
>> i don't want to have people come to us, you know, only the town side or the school side and say, look, what are you guys doing about this and i don't want to say nothing. >> reporter: sarah has been sober for more than 90 days. >> in our reality, also we had to come to terms with is she could die. >> you still think that now? >> yeah, because it's happening every day around here, and her friends, and people, parents we know, have lost children. >> reporter: so what is the next 90 days look like? >> hopefully be saving up for a place so i can get custody back of him, and he can live with me. and we can start a new life, huh? >> the family agreed to share their story in the hopes of inspiring others to get help, and we thank them. we're back in a moment with a scene that had a lot of people worried today, though it was not what
this was the scene on a bridge in central london this morning when suddenly a double-decker bus exploded and caught fire. as you might imagine, people who saw it were alarmed, fearing another terrorist attack. turns out it was a stunt for an upcoming movie. while notices were posted in the area ahead of time, not everybody got the message. in a town in northern italy today, a food fight that dates back to the middle ages.
came out for the battle of the oranges, where teams compete against each other. it's part of the town's annual carnival festivities and recreates the rebellion when the people rose up against a ruling tyrant many hundreds of years ago. and from arizona tonight, a story that ends well for a puppy that had lost her way. dottie, as she's now known, was spotted on a highway median in phoenix two weeks ago. the scene picked up by a traffic camera. she was taken in by an animal rescue organization and 50 people expressed interest in adopting her. the lucky ones were a retired couple who plan to get dottie a microchip and tag so that she won't get lost again. and up next, harry smith with a portrait of some wonderful
as everybody knows, art can be uplifting, and for a group of people who are homeless or living with disabilities in the boston area, it is their own art that is providing a ticket to a better life thanks to a program that helps them and others see value in their creativity. harry smith takes a look tonight at the art of the possible. >> reporter: on a recent afternoon, artist scott bennett discussed his work with several admirers. >> i basically wanted to see what it would be like to do a star starburst pattern from the center of the participating. >> across the room, this artist held fans in thrall. >> this energizes me, makes me feel kind of more tuned in. >> the art in this pop-up gallery in cambridge, massachusetts, is notable for one very important reason.
homeless or disabled. when this opened up and you came in, and you saw your stuff up on the wall, what was it like? >> i see this banner with a picture of myself and a little bio and it's the first thing i see when i walk in the door. i was just like awe-struck. >> kitty zen has been homeless since high school. she's battled depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse. she used to sell her art from a blanket in boston common. you're not on a blanket anymore. >> nope. >> the art speaks volumes. giving voice to a choir of contributors whose work would unnoticed. this is not an exercise in altruism. this is a business. >> one of our goals is to reinvent social enterprise and create jobs instead of creating handouts because that's the ultimate dignity. ceo and founder of art lifting. she's been working with the homeless for nine years. >> my main goal is to give people their
they haven't had a break. >> reporter: art lifting markets the art and splits the proceeds with the artist just like a gallery. scott bennett was in a shelter when someone told him about liz. drawing since he was a kid, art was about all he had left. >> it's turned into more than i expected. it provided me with a light at the end of the tunnel. >> scott has housing now and hope for the future. >> realizing the talents in everyone around us and that everyone can contribute because i think that's often ignored. >> reporter: art can inspire us. for a growing number of homeless and disabled, it's providing them shelter. harry smith, nbc news, cambridge, massachusetts. simply beautiful, and that is "nbc nightly news" for this sunday night. lester holt will be here tomorrow. i'm kate snow reporting from new hampshire. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great