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A new documentary series by CNN, Death Row Stories, investigates capital murder crimes with an attempt at uncovering the truth behind each case. From a former police officer who now sits on death row, to and ex-inmate suing for a wrongful conviction these real life stories of law and order take a deep dive into the myriad of laws that make the United States Justice System.

Narrated by Susan Sarandon and produced by Robert Redford and Alex Gibney, each episode focuses on one capital murder case while exploring the American judicial system and the death penalty. With varying degrees of acceptance across the United States, from prisons that still perform executions and others who haven

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on CNN
4 Seasons, 30 Episodes
March 9, 2014
Crime, Documentary & Biography, Drama
7.4/10
Cast: Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo, Sharon Spelman
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Death Row Stories Full Episode Guide

  • A Spaniard is sentenced to death for the murder of a young Florida couple. His family appeals to the international media to fight his conviction.

  • A case that has sentenced a reformed gang member to death unveils the corruption in the criminal justice system.

  • Forensic science could exonerate an electrician who sits on a death row in Texas for a murder case.

  • A man is discovered dead in his home. His son names his mother as the killer.

  • Nick Yarris's uncanny knowledge of a gruesome kidnapping and murder makes him a prime suspect and eventually lands him on death row. Twenty years and one escape attempt later, new evidence emerges that offers Nick one last hope for freedom.

  • The shooting of a newspaper carrier in rural Mississippi lands 20-year-old Marlon Howell on death row. Convicted on the word of two co-defendants and the identification of an eyewitness with a checkered past, Marlon maintains his innocence.

  • After a family of six is found brutally murdered in a rural Texas town, a perpetrator confesses to the crime. Police however, can't believe one man alone could murder six people, and Anthony Graves is named as an accomplice. Graves is sentenced to death, but maintains his innocence. His case is eventually taken up by a journalism professor who discovers a District Attorney engaged in misconduct who is intent on keeping a guiltless man in prison.

  • A babysitter is found brutally murdered in Santa Ana, California, with five young children in the home left unscathed. The parents are quick to point to Kenneth Clair, a local transient who burglarized their home in the past. Clair is convicted of capital murder and sent to death row. But recent DNA analyses and allegations of corruption at the Orange County District Attorney's Office raise questions about the validity of this conviction. The DA's office denies the allegations and says the conviction should stand.

  • A 4-year-old girl from Philadelphia is found murdered, her body placed in a TV box. Police find no suspects, and the case goes cold. Years later, they arrest a neighbor, Walter Ogrod, for the crime. When an author seeking to write about the death penalty comes across Walter's case, he finds an investigation filled with holes, and a perpetrator who appears mentally unable to have confessed to the crime. The writer discovers a jailhouse snitch network and publishes a two-part article in the Philadelphia City Paper to reveal these injustices. Meanwhile, Walter Ogrod remains on death row, fighting a system determined to keep him there.

  • When 19-year-old Stacey Stites' body is found half-naked by the side of the road, her fiancĂ©, police officer Jimmy Fennell, is cleared as a suspect. DNA is found to match Rodney Reed, a local man suspected in other sexual assault cases and he is sentenced to death. A decade after the crime, Stites' former fiancĂ© is imprisoned for sexually assaulting a woman in his custody. When new forensic evidence casts doubt on the timeline of the crime, evidence shows Stites' death may have occurred while she was at home.

  • In 1995, Hank Skinner was sentenced to death for the New Year's Eve triple-homicide of his family; five years later, students from the Northwestern University start to investigate the case.

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