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LAST DEFENSE, THE
Air Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#102) "DARLIE ROUTIER: The Trial"
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VIOLA DAVIS AND JULIUS TENNON'S DOCUMENTARY SERIES, 'THE LAST DEFENSE,' CONTINUES WITH AN EXAMINATION OF DARLIE ROUTIER'S TRIAL AND A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT OF THE NIGHT OF THE CRIME FROM DARLIE WHILE ON DEATH ROW, TUESDAY, JUNE 19, ON ABC

"DARLIE ROUTIER: The Trial" - Amid a media frenzy, Darlie Routier's trial begins in the small, conservative town of Kerrville, Texas. Prosecutors know they will be up against a formidable adversary when Darlie's family hires one of Dallas' top attorneys, Doug Mulder. For the first time in the series, we hear from Darlie on death row and her first-hand account of what happened that night, an account investigators say was 100% fabricated after Darlie staged the crime scene. The state's investigators will present its evidence pointing to Darlie as the killer, but 20 years later, defense experts examine their theories, one by one, on "The Last Defense," TUESDAY, JUNE 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

"DARLIE ROUTIER: The Trial" was directed by Jeremiah Crowell.

"The Last Defense" is executive produced by Viola Davis, Julius Tennon and Andrew Wang for JuVee Productions; Christine Connor and Lee Beckett for XCON Productions; Vanessa Potkin, Aida Leisenring and Morgan Hertzan for Lincoln Square Productions. The series will air on The ABC Television Network.

"The Last Defense" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with 5.1- channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned to this program at a later date.

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LAST DEFENSE, THE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
6/12/18 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
1 (7 episodes)
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its first season on 7/24/18; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, April 2018) Executive producers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon have teamed up with XCON Productions and Lincoln Square Productions for the powerful, new documentary series, "The Last Defense," premiering TUESDAY, JUNE 12 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. The seven-episode docu-series explores and exposes flaws in the American justice system through emotional, in-depth examinations of the death row cases of Darlie Routier and Julius Jones. The series will seek to trace the path that led both Routier and Jones to their places on death row, while taking a deep look into their personal stories. In 1997, Darlie Routier, wife and mother, was sentenced to death for the brutal stabbing murder of her two young sons, a crime she insists she did not commit. Now 20 years on death row in Texas, the contentious debate over the fairness of her trial is more polarized than ever. In 2001, Julius Jones, a 21-year-old African-American college student with an academic scholarship, was sentenced to death for the carjacking murder of a white father of two, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Twenty years later and having exhausted his appeals, Jones maintains his innocence.
CREW INFORMATION:
· Aida Leisenring as EP
· Andrew Wang as EP
· Christine Connor as EP
· Julius Tennon as EP
· Lee Beckett as EP
· Morgan Hertzan as EP
· Vanessa Potkin as EP
· Viola Davis as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (documentary)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· JuVee Productions
· Lincoln Square Productions
· XCON Productions