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Life and Death Row

This acclaimed true crime documentary series tells the story of capital punishment through the eyes of people whose lives are shaped by it. With unprecedented access inside prison walls, it discovers what it's like to live with the threat of the death chamber, as well as hearing from victims and the families of those on death row. Some are praying for execution, some hoping for a reprieve.
20143 episodes
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  1. S1 E1 - Execution
    March 16, 2014
    This acclaimed true crime documentary series looking at the capital punishment system focusses on two of the youngest men on death row in Texas, where execution day has arrived. One victim reflects on her kidnapping ordeal by murderer Richard Cobb while battling a desire to forgive him. Elsewhere, the mother of cop killer Anthony Haynes fights to use the final 72 hours to halt her son's execution.
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  2. S1 E2 - Judgement
    March 23, 2014
    This fascinating true crime documentary follows the trial of 26-year-old Guy Heinze Jr, accused of beating his father and seven members of his family to death. With remarkable access to the jury members charged with reaching a verdict, there's legal maneuvering and unexpected twists as evidence about the brutal killings unfolds.
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  3. S1 E3 - Crisis Stage
    March 30, 2014
    This gripping true crime documentary follows legal student Kelly Hickman as she attempts to save two young killers facing execution. Robert Pruett was sentenced to death for murdering a prison guard at the age of 20. Robert Garza was a member of the notorious Tri-City Bombers street gang. As execution day dawns, Kelly feels frustratingly shut out of the legal process.
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English [CC]
Ben AnthonyColin Barr
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