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CNN is by and large still a cable news outlet, but a movement under the leadership of network president Jeff Zucker to provide more alternative, entertainment-based programming is clearly afoot, and "Death Row Stories" is a prime example. The documentary -- the result of a collaboration with Academy Award-winning directors Robert Redford ("Ordinary People") and Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") -- revisits compelling capital murder cases in the U.S., detailing the twists and turns involved in each as a thought-provoking exercise on the death penalty and the American justice system. Redford's Sundance Productions also partnered with CNN for the documentary series "Chicagoland."

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aired 15 days ago
Ohio, Arizona and Oklahoma are among the states where lethal injection executions have gone horribly wrong.
aired 15 days ago
In 1987, wealthy British businessman Kris Maharaj receives the death sentence for a double homicide inside a luxury Miami hotel, but idealistic attorney Clive Stafford Smith uncovers powerful evidence that supports an alternative explanation of the killings, opening a virtual Pandora's box of the city's lucrative drug trafficking and money-laundering operations.
aired 15 days ago
A babysitter is found brutally murdered in Santa Ana, Calif., 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.
aired 22 days ago
After a family of six is found brutally murdered in a rural Texas town, a perpetrator confesses to the crime.
aired 22 days ago
Video camera captures the chilling, execution-style killings of a Florida nightclub owner and two aspiring models.
aired 22 days ago
No one listened to 27-year old Army vet Joe D'Ambrosio's pleas of innocence in the 1988 murder of Tony Klann, until Father Neil Kookoothe began investigating and discovered a shocking cover-up.
aired 39 days ago
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.
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The body of missing Melissa Trotter is recovered in a forest, and police zero in on Larry Swearingen who is convicted of her murder and sentenced to death; 20 years later, Larry maintains his innocence, pointing out flaws in the state's case.
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The murder of a young couple inside their Florida home leaves police baffled; months later, a woman comes forward to implicate her ex-husband, Joe Martinez, who is convicted on the basis of a surveillance tape and the testimony of a jilted lover.
aired 40 days ago
With a re-election campaign looming, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will decide the fate of seventeen year death row inmate Nathan Dunlap who was convicted of mass murder at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in Aurora; a decision that will have ramifications far beyond death row.
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Edward Byrom is found dead in his rural Mississippi home, shot four times with his own 9-millimeter pistol; his 19-year-old son names his mother as the mastermind behind the murder, claiming she hired the young man's friend to shoot her husband.
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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.
aired 41 days ago
When 19-year-old Stacey Stites' body is found half-naked by the side of the road, her fiancé, police officer Jimmy Fennell, is cleared as a suspect.
aired 41 days ago
A Texas mother is sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering her two young sons in their Dallas-area home.
aired 64 days ago
Two men are shot at point blank range outside a public housing project in Chicago; the execution-style hit leads to the conviction of Nathson Fields who maintains his innocence; eventually, his attorneys discover the makings of a police cover-up.
aired 64 days ago
A small-town Illinois barfly is quickly sentenced to death for the alleged murder of a pair of newlyweds.
aired 64 days ago
An eight-year-old boy is the only survivor of a brutal family massacre in a California home.
aired 64 days ago
Evidence emerges causing many to question the guilt of Army sergeant Tim Hennis who is sentenced to death for the murder of the wife and two children of an Air Force captain; a bizarre and unprecedented journey through the American justice system.
aired 64 days ago
Detective Marshall Frank attempts to exonerate his fellow cop James Duckett, who is sentenced to death for the rape and murder of an eleven year-old girl.
aired 64 days ago
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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Bite marks on a murder victim's body twice lead to Ray Krone's conviction, but the DNA evidence tells another story.

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Filmmaker Joe Berlinger documents the case of Richard Glossip, a former motel manager sentenced to die for orchestrating a 1997 murder that he swears he had nothing to do with. As Glossip awaits execution, Berlinger's cameras are embedded with his legal team in real time as they race against the clock to uncover new evidence that proves his innocence. The miniseries features exclusive interviews with Glossip and Justin Sneed, the man who admitted to killing the victim, for which he was sentenced to life in prison. There is also first-ever interviews with the lead detectives and attorneys on both sides of the case, plus interviews with Glossip's high-profile supporters, including actress Susan Sarandon, entrepreneur Richard Branson, and activist Sister Helen Prejean.