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Death Row Stories is a series of one-hour documentaries. Each episode attempts to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case. These stories call into question various beliefs surrounding America's justice system and the death penalty.
Sabrina Butler, a 17-year old African American woman, arrives at a Mississippi hospital with her baby dead on arrival. Nurses and doctors suspect foul play, and Sabrina cannot give straight answers about what happened to her baby. Sabrina is charged with capital murder and sentenced to death. Several years later, death penalty expert Clive Stafford Smith uncovers a corrupt system in which Mississippi medical examiners steer autopsy results to buttress the claims of law enforcement. Clive is able to get Sabrina a re-trial and seek out justice.
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.
Clarence "Smitty" Smith, the leader of the notorious biker club The Outlaws, is accused of a quadruple homicide in Fort Lauderdale. He beats the rap for the homicides, but is sentenced to death for car bombing of a federal witness in New Orleans. On appeal, Smitty is exonerated from death row, proving his innocence beyond question. But the Feds aren't done with Smitty – under the RICO act, they charge Smitty with all the murders in Ft. Lauderdale and New Orleans again, and this time they win. Should a man in his 70's be left to die in federal prison after being charged twice for his crimes?
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.
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