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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.

ABC
1 Season, 7 Episodes
June 12, 2018
Crime, Documentary & Biography
7.6/10
Cast: Julie Clark, J. Stephen Cooper, Kathy Cruz, Greg Davis
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • University of Oklahoma student Julius Jones is arrested for the shooting death of a businessman.

  • Darlie's Defense Team Explores Alternative Theories and Lays Out its Strategy for a Retrial.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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