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Requiem for Frank Lee Smith

Requiem for Frank Lee Smith
Apr. 11, 2002
60 minutes

In December 2000, after spending fourteen years on Floridas Death Row, Frank Lee Smith was finally cleared of the rape and murder of eight-year-old Shandra Whitehead. Like nearly 100 prisoners before him, Smiths belated exoneration came as a result of sophisticated DNA testing that was unavailable when he was first convicted. But for Frank Lee Smith, the good news came too late: Ten months before he was proven innocent, Smith died of cancer in his jail cell, just steps away from Floridas electric chair. How did Frank Lee Smith end up on Death Row for a crime he didnt commit? And why was he allowed to die there despite possible evidence of his innocence?


Producer(s): ofra bikel


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