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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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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.
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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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Nick Yarris' uncanny knowledge of a gruesome kidnapping and murder makes him a prime suspect and eventually lands him on death row; 20 years later, new evidence emerges offering Yarris a glimpse of hope.
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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.
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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.
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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.
aired 58 days ago
Ohio, Arizona and Oklahoma are among the states where lethal injection executions have gone horribly wrong.
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Video camera captures the chilling, execution-style killings of a Florida nightclub owner and two aspiring models.
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A convicted killer is set free when new evidence comes to light.
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Tenacious legal intern Diana Holt, comes across the case of African American handyman, Edward Lee Elmore and devotes her life to saving his when he is quickly found guilty in the murder of an elderly white widow and sentenced to death.
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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.
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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.
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Upon the discovery of an 11-year old girl suffocated with her own underwear, two step-brothers, ages 15 and 19, confess to the murder; with IQs each under 60, they insist upon their innocence and claim their confessions were coerced.
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Joyce Ride, the mother of Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, becomes intrigued by the case of former Sacramento law school student, Gloria Killian who has no prior criminal record and was found guilty of a brutal home invasion and murder.
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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.
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A masked attacker shoots up an apartment in Bucyrus, Ohio, leaving three dead and two children clinging to life; Kevin Keith is convicted of the murders and spends decades behind bars; now, a public defender tries to shed new light on the murders.
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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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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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A Texas mother is sentenced to death after being convicted of murdering her two young sons in their Dallas-area home.
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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 110 days ago
A small-town Illinois barfly is quickly sentenced to death for the alleged murder of a pair of newlyweds.

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