The Last Defense

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  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (222)

In this documentary series, the cases of death row inmates are reconsidered with the acknowledgment of the possibility that they could be innocent. The series presents new evidence, looked at in new ways, that could lead to the exoneration of the convicts. The series is presented by Viola Davis, who also produced.

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Julius Jones: The Fight
7. Julius Jones: The Fight
July 24, 2018
With Julius Jones at the top of the state of Oklahoma's list of impending executions, federal public defenders Amanda Bass and Dale Baich are in a race to win a new trial. When new evidence comes to light, there may be hope for Julius.
Julius Jones: The Trial
6. Julius Jones: The Trial
July 17, 2018
The State calls their star witness, Christopher Jordan, who testifies he was there when Julius pulled the trigger. Julius and his family watch as his defense takes this last opportunity to save him, but there are missed opportunities to hear Julius' side of the story, and a critical piece of evidence is never shown to the jury. The clock is ticking for Julius, but two witnesses have come forward in his favor since the conviction, and he now holds out hope thanks to his current lawyers.
Julius Jones: The Crime
5. Julius Jones: The Crime
July 10, 2018
University of Oklahoma student Julius Jones is arrested for the shooting death of a businessman.
Darlie Routier: The Fight
4. Darlie Routier: The Fight
July 3, 2018
Darlie's Defense Team Explores Alternative Theories and Lays Out its Strategy for a Retrial.
Darlie Routier: The Woman
3. Darlie Routier: The Woman
June 26, 2018
The trial of Darlie Routier heats up. Facing one of Texas' top defense lawyers, the prosecution argues that Darlie's actions and demeanor are not that of a grieving mother but of a person capable of murdering her own children. The defense strikes back by questioning the state's theory of motive and the characterization of Darlie. However, when the prosecution presents a video of Darlie having a party at her children's gravesite in the now infamous "silly string video," it seems her fate is sealed. Author Barbara Davis, who was at the original trial, gives a firsthand account.
Darlie Routier: The Trial
2. Darlie Routier: The Trial
June 19, 2018
Amid a media frenzy, Darlie Routier's trial begins in the small, conservative town of Kerrville, Texas. Prosecutors know they will be up against a formidable adversary when Darlie's family hires one of Dallas' top attorneys, Doug Mulder. For the first time in the series, we hear from Darlie on death row and her first-hand account of what happened that night, an account investigators say was 100% fabricated after Darlie staged the crime scene. The state's investigators will present its evidence pointing to Darlie as the killer, but 20 years later, defense experts examine their theories, one by one.
Darlie Routier: The Crime
1. Darlie Routier: The Crime
June 12, 2018
The premiere of the docu-series, which explores and exposes flaws in the American justice system via examinations of the death row cases of Darlie Routier and Julius Jones. In 1997, Darlie Routier, wife and mother, was sentenced to death for the brutal stabbing murder of her two young sons. In 2001, Julius Jones, a 21-year-old African-American college student with an academic scholarship, was sentenced to death for the carjacking murder of a white father of two. Both maintain their innocence.
The Last Defense
The Last Defense

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In this documentary series, the cases of death row inmates are reconsidered with the acknowledgment of the possibility that they could be innocent. The series presents new evidence, looked at in new ways, that could lead to the exoneration of the convicts. The series is presented by Viola Davis, who also produced.

The Last Defense is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (7 episodes). The series first aired on June 12, 2018.

Where to Watch The Last Defense

The Last Defense is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Last Defense on demand at and ABC.

  • Premiere Date
    June 12, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (222)