This is why I will never advocate the death penalty. When you have trigger happy judges, unreliable testimony from witnesses, over-zealous prosecutors, prejudiced jurors, and defendants who “fit the description”, silly things like DNA become secondary.
To be sure, being falsely convicted of a crime (especially when lengthier sentences are involved) is just as bad, in many cases, as death. Wrongly convicted exonerees, for example, often face looming challenges as they attempt to reestablish themselves, being socially shut out for no other reason than to be falsely accused.
But death? This is permanent.