Debut: A reality series following homicide detectives during the critical first hours following a murder. The opener observes Miami detectives as they investigate two murders involving shootings at close range.
In the first case, OVERKILL, Miami homicide sergeant Joe Schillaci and his team of investigators are dispatched to a brutal case of overkill. A young man has just been gunned down in broad daylight on a crowded street. He's been shot numerous times to the head, not far from a busy apartment complex filled with children. It's in a part of town where drug dealers and thugs rule the streets. Detectives have just 48 hours to find a witness willing to talk before threats and intimidation take hold of the neighborhood.
In the second case, LEFT FOR DEAD, an unidentified man has been found shot and brutally beaten in an empty parking lot. When he dies in the hospital hours later, a cigar-chomping veteran detective Manny De La Torriente and his rookie partner Jose Rodriguez must act quickly to unravel the mystery. But with an unidentified victim and no physical evidence, investigators have their work cut out for them.
Two murder cases in Kansas: detectives investigate the murder of a woman in a cul-de-sac and a man shot and dumped in a park.
In Kansas City, detectives investigate a shooting death and must convince a son to give up his father; and investigate a murder in an area known for its drug problems.
Philadelphia detectives investigate the discovery of a body burned beyond recognition and a murder with no leads.
Detectives pursue a serial killer terrorizing residents of a Miami housing project who are too frightened to offer information to help the police.
In the opening episode, investigators in Miami attempt to solve two brutal shootings committed at point-blank range.
In the first case, GANGS OF LITTLE HAVANA, the team finds a young man lying dead on the sidewalk in Little Havana near an area noted for gangland violence. From the outset the murder appears to be the latest tragedy in the turf war between two gangs. At first the investigating team is hampered by a wall of silence from a frightened community. But hour by hour the full story of what happened begins to emerge.
In the second case, EXECUTION IN COCONUT GROVE, it appears that a convenience store owner in Coconut Grove had invited someone she knew into her home and was then shot twice in the head. The detectives quickly discover that the victim also sold jewelry, and a ransacked room suggests that the murder could be the result of a robbery gone wrong. Or is that what the murderer hoped the detectives would think? With no obvious suspects, a major forensic operation gets underway with the house examined inch by inch for fingerprints in the hope of putting a name and a face on the killer.
In Dallas, a motorist discovers a man's body alongside the highway— with his genitals on fire. The investigation propels detectives on an odyssey through a rowdy world of Texas prostitutes and drugs.
And when a hard working Mexican migrant supporting his young family is found dead in a parking lot, detectives can't find a motive. As their investigation deepens, they must navigate a complex web of family ties and loyalties to identify the killer ... and catch him before he flees the country.
Detectives Sallie Dillian and Cliff Jewell investigate a female skeleton found in the desert. Along with forensic anthropologist Laura Fulginiti they work to determine who the mystery woman is. At first, they don't even know if she was murdered. But they use the scattered forensic and physical evidence to determine her identity and crack the case.
18-year-old Kenny Smith is shot in the head as a party of hundreds of high school students is breaking up. Because he is not expected to survive, homicide detectives Sandy Rodriguez and Tom Kulesa are called to the scene. Witnesses describe the shooter as a black male in a ski mask. In an intriguing development, there is a report of another non-fatal shooting that took place nearby, where the victim also described the shooter as a black male in a ski mask. Rodriguez and Kulesa must determine if the two events are related, who would have been after Kenny Smith, and why.
In the first case, AT DEATH'S DOOR, Miami homicide detective Mayree Morin and her team of investigators are on their way to work on a sunny morning when they are called to a brutal murder scene. A man, shot at least a dozen times assassination-style, straddles a doorway in one of Miami's roughest areas. No one in the vicinity saw anything, but detectives quickly learn that an ongoing war over drug turf has recently paralyzed the neighborhood. With just hours to work with, Morin's team must move fast to land a suspect before the killer slips away.
In the second case, WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS, the son of a celebrated neurosurgeon is discovered near dawn, shot to death along the railroad tracks in Miami's desolate Overtown neighborhood. The investigation leads straight-talking veteran detective Ervens Ford and his wise-ass rookie partner Kevin Ruggiero down a shady path of halfway houses, strip clubs, and misguided wealth. The pressure is on as the detectives meticulously backtrack the victim's last steps, trying to nail down a solid lead before their trail runs cold.
STRIPPER S REVENGE: Hours after a jealous stripper vows revenge, her two-timing boyfriend is shot and killed. But the girlfriend is not the shooter, and it's up to Detective Tom Kulesa of the Phoenix police department to unravel the mystery.
DEAD ON ARRIVAL: When a young father is dragged screaming from his bed in the middle of the night and gunned down in his doorway, Detective Mike Polk must separate the facts from the fiction in the witnesses' stories before the killers' trail grows cold.
In Miami's Coconut Grove, Sgt. Joe Schillaci and his team try to solve a near-impossible case of four men shot while sitting in their car. The shooting left an innocent passenger dead... but the three survivors refuse to name names. And when Det. Emiliano Tamayo and his rookie partner Det. Kevin Ruggerio find a local celebrity murdered in his apartment, they realize the key to the case is the victim's cellphone missing from the scene. As they work the murder around the clock, Ruggerio learns he must make a personal sacrifice to solve the case.
In Miami, when a hard-working store worker is cut down in a hail of gunfire, a veteran Sgt. Pepi Granado and his team must turn to a silent witness--the store's video surveillance system, which caught the entire murder on tape; and in Detroit, Sgt. Jo Ann Kinney and Detective Ed Williams tackle the case of a young couple found brutally killed in their house and learn that the victims knew their killer. They must track down reluctant witnesses deep in the narcotics game...before their killer has a chance to get away.