The Last Defense


The Last Defense 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.

ABC (US)
1 Season, 2 Episodes
June 12, 2018
Crime, Documentary & Biography
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  • 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.

  • The premiere of the docu-series, which explores and exposes flaws in the American justice system via examinations of the death row cases of Darlie Routier and Julius Jones. In 1997, Darlie Routier, wife and mother, was sentenced to death for the brutal stabbing murder of her two young sons. 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. Both maintain their innocence.

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