There's another narrative -- and in my experience, it's more prevalent: Convicted killer finds easily duped advocates who ignore evidence and smear prosecutors.
When convicted rapist/murderer Michael Morales was scheduled for execution in 2006, his attorneys released a statement in which a witness accused prosecutors of coercing her to give false testimony at trial. The affidavit turned out to be a forgery. Still, Morales' lawyers won. They got a federal judge to stay his execution in a constitutional challenge to California's lethal-injection protocol. There hasn't been an execution in the state since. There may be no safer place for a convicted killer than on California's death row. That's California's real death row story.