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Death Row Stories

Death Row Stories

  • Premiered: 
    March 9, 2014
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  • Network: CNN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Narrated by Susan Sarandon and executive produced by Robert Redford and Alex Gibney, each one-hour episode of this documentary series unravels the truth behind a different capital murder case, exploring various beliefs surrounding America's justice system and the death penalty. The series premiere explored how Edward Lee Elmore, a 23-year-old African-American handyman, was charged with the murder of a well-to-do white woman in Greenwood, SC, in 1982. It was not until a legal intern named Diana Holt investigated his case for the defense team that startling new evidence of his innocence began to emerge. CNN debuted the Season 2 premiere of DEATH ROW STORIES on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT. In the season opener, "Mother vs. Texas," a mother, Darlie Routie, is charged and sent to Death Row for allegedly murdering her two young boys in their Dallas area home. Darlie's sole surviving son, Drake, speaks for the first time about the crime and his mother's innocence.
Season 3 of DEATH ROW STORIES premiered on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on a new network: HLN. In the season opener, "Two Brothers," an eleven-year old girl is found suffocated with her own underwear, and two step-brothers, ages 15 and 19, confess to the murder. But with IQs each under 60, they maintain their innocence and claim their confessions were coerced. Despite the lack of physical evidence against them, they sit behind bars for 30 years before an outside commission takes notice of their case and uncovers evidence pointing at another suspect.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Sundance Productions
  • Produced by Jigsaw Productions