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The story of capital punishment through the eyes of young people whose lives have been shaped by it.

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After Justin Back is brutally murdered in January 2014, two friends are arrested and charged with his murder.
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Shawn Ford Jr. is on trial for his life and a jury must decide whether he should live or die.
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In 2009 a dramatic car chase killed a police officer and a man was given the death penalty.
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25-year-old law student, Kelly Hickman, attempts to save two young killers facing execution.
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22-year-old, Guy Heinze Jr., was charged with the murders of eight people and found himself on trial for his life.
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The story of capital punishment through the eyes of young men and women whose lives it has shaped.
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Stacey Johnson and his family attempt to get his execution stayed on the basis that DNA testing could prove his innocence; clemency hearings take place for inmate Ledell Lee, who is scheduled to die on the same night as Johnson.
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Death row inmate Stacey Johnson is scheduled to be executed for a crime he says he didn't commit; Susan awaits the execution of inmate Don Davis, who murdered her mother in a 1990 home invasion.
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Former U.S. Marine John Henry Ramirez is sentenced to death by Judge Bobby Galvan for a brutal robbery that netted him and his two female accomplices a grand total of $1.25.
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Kenneth Williams is sentenced to death for murdering 57-year-old farmer Cecil Boren while on the run as an escapee from prison, where he was serving a life sentence for murdering 19-year-old college student Dominique Hurd.
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Kenneth Williams is sentenced to death for murdering 57-year-old farmer Cecil Boren while on the run as an escapee from prison, where he was serving a life sentence for murdering 19-year-old college student Dominique Hurd.

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