On a cold February night in 1983, Wanda Lopez was stabbed to death while she worked at a Corpus Christi Texas gas station. Carlos DeLuna, a 21 year old troubled and poverty-stricken latino man, was arrested, convicted and sentenced to the death penalty. DeLuna protested his innocence until his execution six years later, declaring that it was another Carlos who committed the crime. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The prosecution insisted that this other Carlos was a “phantom” and didn’t exist.
Through interviews with witnesses, Carlos’s family members, and legal experts, the film asks whether the judicial system wrongly executed an innocent man, and whether a poor Hispanic youth had any chance within a justice system and a society that by its actions seemed to regard him as disposable.
Patrick Forbes | Documentary, Thriller, True Crime | 82 minutes | UK | $9.99
“A fascinating and ultimately infuriating look at a fatal miscarriage of justice in Texas.” – Joe Leydon, Variety
“The incident and its aftermath has an entire thriller’s worth of twists and turns, and the film makes persuasive arguments regarding racial bias and the death penalty.” – Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue
“The Phantom” is a heart-wrenching tale of guilt, innocence, and wrongful convictions. – Jordan Qin, Hollywood Insider