'Dallas DNA' spotlights county's conviction integrity unit

06:42 AM CDT on Monday, April 27, 2009
By JENNIFER EMILY / The Dallas Morning News

Some Dallas County courtroom dramas are going prime time.

A new television show, Dallas DNA, focuses on the work of local prosecutors to free the wrongly convicted and ensure convictions are fair. It premieres Tuesday night on Investigation Discovery.

The program features men exonerated for crimes they did not commit, the trial of a man linked to a rape and murder by DNA two decades later and people who claim innocence but are shown through genetic testing to have committed crimes. It also features Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' ambivalence about capital punishment even as he participated in a death penalty case.

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