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The Last Defense 

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Emotional, in-depth examinations of death row cases expose flaws in the US justice system. Season 1 investigates a housewife convicted for stabbing her sons, and an athlete convicted for shooting a father, as attorneys race for new trials.







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Series cast summary:
Julie Clark Julie Clark ...  Herself - Friend of Darlie Routier 4 episodes, 2018
J. Stephen Cooper J. Stephen Cooper ...  Himself - Darlie's Appellate Attorney 4 episodes, 2018
Kathy Cruz Kathy Cruz ...  Herself - Journalist and Author 4 episodes, 2018
Phillip-Charlie Daniell Phillip-Charlie Daniell ...  Juror 4 episodes, 2018
Greg Davis ...  Himself - Lead Trial Prosecutor 4 episodes, 2018
Violet Gotsis ...  Juror 4 episodes, 2018
Lloyd Harrell Lloyd Harrell ...  Himself - Defense Investigator 4 episodes, 2018
Skip Hollandsworth Skip Hollandsworth ...  Himself - Writer, Texas Monthly 4 episodes, 2018
Courtney Rae ...  Young Nurse 4 episodes, 2018
Katusha Robert ...  Darlie Routier 4 episodes, 2018
Darin Routier Darin Routier ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2018
Darlie Routier ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2018
Toby Shook Toby Shook ...  Himself - Trial Prosecutor 4 episodes, 2018
Richard Smith Richard Smith ...  Himself - Darlie's Appellate Attorney 4 episodes, 2018
Dale Baich Dale Baich ...  Himself - Julius Jones' Attorney 3 episodes, 2018
Amanda Bass Amanda Bass ...  Herself - Julius Jones' Attorney 3 episodes, 2018
Billy Bock Billy Bock ...  Himself - Christopher Jordan's Attorney 3 episodes, 2018
Shamhad Broades ...  Julius Jones 3 episodes, 2018
Robin Bruno Robin Bruno ...  Herself - Assistant Public Defender, Oklahoma County / ... 3 episodes, 2018
Terrie Cooklin ...  Richard Mosty 3 episodes, 2018
Barbara Davis Barbara Davis ...  Herself - Author 3 episodes, 2018
Gregory Davis Gregory Davis ...  Himself - Medical Examiner & Professor, University of Kentucky College of Medicine 3 episodes, 2018
Dennis Dill Dennis Dill ...  Himself - Retired Edmond Police Detective 3 episodes, 2018
Royal Furgeson Royal Furgeson ...  Himself - Former Federal Judge 3 episodes, 2018
Mike Gassaway ...  Doug Mulder 3 episodes, 2018
Brooks Hall ...  Detective T. 3 episodes, 2018
Meggie Jenny ...  Theresa Pfieffer 3 episodes, 2018
Anthony Jones Anthony Jones ...  Himself - Julius Jones' Father 3 episodes, 2018
Antoinette Jones Antoinette Jones ...  Herself - Julius Jones' Sister 3 episodes, 2018
Antonio Jones Antonio Jones ...  Himself - Julius' Brother 3 episodes, 2018
Julius Jones Julius Jones ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2018
Brenda McCray Brenda McCray ...  Herself - Investigator, Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office 3 episodes, 2018
Richard Mosty Richard Mosty ...  Himself - Trial Defense Attorney 3 episodes, 2018
Matthew Oakley ...  Chris Jordan 3 episodes, 2018
Kerri Parris Kerri Parris ...  Herself - Juror #8 3 episodes, 2018
Rebecca Postyeni Rebecca Postyeni ...  Herself - Fact Investigator, Julius Jones Case 3 episodes, 2018
Danelle Stahl Danelle Stahl ...  Herself - Darlie Routier's Sister 3 episodes, 2018
Kristine Bunch Kristine Bunch ...  Herself - Exoneree and Founder, JustIs 4 JustUs 2 episodes, 2018
Tom Chaney Tom Chaney ...  Himself - Reporter, Edmond Sun 1999-2000 2 episodes, 2018
Jodi Cotner Jodi Cotner ...  Herself - Former Baylor Hospital Nurse 2 episodes, 2018
Laurie Cummings ...  Sandra Elliott 2 episodes, 2018
Bruce Davis ...  Anthony Jones 2 episodes, 2018
Barton Epstein Barton Epstein ...  Himself - Forensic Scientist 2 episodes, 2018
Jody Fitts Jody Fitts ...  Himself - Former Baylor Hospital ER Nurse 2 episodes, 2018
David Hartman David Hartman ...  Himself - Reporter, Edmond Sun 2002-2007 2 episodes, 2018
Connie Johnson Connie Johnson ...  Herself - Oklahoma State Senator 2005-2015 2 episodes, 2018
Madeline Jones Madeline Jones ...  Herself - Julius Jones' Mother 2 episodes, 2018
Darlie Kee Darlie Kee ...  Herself - Darlie Routier's Mother 2 episodes, 2018
Terry Laber Terry Laber ...  Himself - Forensic Scientist 2 episodes, 2018
Jimmy Lawson Jimmy Lawson ...  Himself - Julius Jones' Best Friend 2 episodes, 2018
David Mckenzie David Mckenzie ...  Himself - Criminal Defense Attorney / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Doug Mulder Doug Mulder ...  Himself - Lead Trial Defense Attorney 2 episodes, 2018
Doug Parks Doug Parks ...  Himself - Defense Attorney 2 episodes, 2018
Dan Simon Dan Simon ...  Himself - Psychologist & Author, In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice System 2 episodes, 2018
Nate Tarver Nate Tarver ...  Himself - Former OKC Police Department Spokesperson 2 episodes, 2018
John Thompson John Thompson ...  Himself - Julius Jones' High School Teacher 2 episodes, 2018
Jabee Williams Jabee Williams ...  Larry 2 episodes, 2018


Flaws in the American justice system are explored and exposed through emotional, in-depth examinations of multiple death row cases. The series looks at cases from all angles, returning to the scene of the crime, re-interviewing witnesses, and delving beyond the details of the crime and court proceedings to take a deep look into the personal stories of the subjects, seeking to trace the path that led them to their place on death row. With incisive, compelling storytelling, The Last Defense gives voice to those who can no longer be heard. Season one investigates the cases of a Dallas housewife convicted of stabbing two of her sons to death, and a high school athlete convicted of shooting a father at point blank range in front of his daughters. Meanwhile, their attorneys race against the clock to get new trials before their execution dates are set. Both have been on death row for nearly two decades each. Both may be innocent. Written by The Last Defense

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12 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening credit narration by Viola Davis. See more »

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A Show That May Give Darlie Routier The Chance To Appeal Her Conviction. Riveting!
30 June 2018 | by AudioFileZSee all my reviews

Darlie Routier's murder conviction is, over twenty years later, out of the public consciousness. Supposedly the Routier case was solved and, sadly, there has been ever more shocking crimes. Still, at the time, it was a double child murder shot heard around the world. It seems most folks thought Darlie was guilty, she got the death sentence, case closed.

The Last Defense re-opens the events and trial that put Darlie Routier on death row. It's surprising that several forensic experts, far surpassing any layman's knowledge of the crime, believe Darlie was wrongly convicted. Now, two decades on, this show is going to make you rethink what you thought you knew. To do so this can't be amateur assemblage of over zealous prosecutors and talking heads. It isn't. The Last Defense makes a compelling case expertly presented that there was a huge police/legal system rush to judgement and a well orchestrated character assassination of Darlie Routier carried out in the courtroom with the help of a salivating press.

The tragedy of the brutal murder of two small children is not to be forgotten in all of this. This is the kind of case everyone wants the guilty party to removed from society with swift and severe justice served. The question is was the actual killer convicted? Judging by so much of what is brought to light here there is more than just a little doubt. First, it seems Darlie had no reason or predilection to commit any crime, certainly one that involved her children. Second, Darlie seems more guilty of a child-like mentality than either mental illness or insidious criminal smarts. Bottom line, she likely couldn't have staged the crime scene the prosecutors are saying she manufactured. It's clear she doesn't have the intent or skill as one imagines even a simple crime she might stage would be the easiest case to crack, probably ever. The girl had no intent, no motive, and couldn't have pulled the crime off without direct and concrete evidence seems obvious. In reality all the supposed scientific evidence presented to the jury in a super conservative Texas town (a town almost guaranteed Darlie was going to be convicted) is pseudo science plain and simple. Add to this the strange fact Routier's celebrated ,and well-paid, defense attorney decided to not bring in his own rebuttal experts, even after he'd paid them to find holes in the prosecution's science, absolutely stupefies.

The show brings up a fact: this was a quite unfair trial and outcome based on the the unproven science and questionable facts. A total conviction by character assassination within a climate of bias which this created. One must hope people given the death sentence are convicted not by bias and only by irrefutable evidence leaving no reasonable doubt. Isn't this the way the U.S. criminal justice system is suppose to to work? If The Last Defense does nothing else it plainly shows how a conviction, and death sentence, can be hijacked. If Darlie was guilty, which seems highly doubtful, it's clear she wasn't convicted based on guilt of the crime itself. Disclaimer: I'm writing this after seeing three episodes of The Last Defense and will add to this review if anything further revealed actually links Darlie to the commission of the murders. I recommend seeing this series as it is professionally produced and raises serious questions regarding the death penalty. This is a well above average crime documentary.

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