One of my favorite (well most watched) shows on TV is A&E’s ‘The First 48.’ ‘The First 48’ follows homicide dectectives from various cities from around the country, from Birmingham to Cincinnati, from Dallas to Detroit, from Kansas City to Louisville, Las Vegas, Memphis, Phoenix and Minneapolis.
All week I’ve been following the trial of Damon Darling on ‘In Session’ and ‘Courtside’ during the CourtTV portion on truTV. Darling, 24, is on trial for the murder of 9-year-old Sherdavin Jenkins on July 1st, 2006. The trial is interesting to me because the case was featured on the fourth season of ‘The First 48’ in the episode entitled: “Innocent Lost” (see video clip here). Jenkins was killed when she was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between Darling and Leroy Larose in the Liberty Square Housing Projects in Miami, also known as the ‘Pork ‘n’ Beans Projects.’
Larose is serving seven years in prison for his participation in the murder. Darling could face life if convicted.
The most intriguing testimony was that of Miami homicide detective of Rolando Garcia. Garcia exposed ‘The First 48’ as a fraud — sort of. It dispelled A&E’s claim that the show is real.
“‘The First 48’ is based on reality,” Garcia said on the stand. “It is a dramatization.” He went on to say that they are given scripts to read.
This makes me view the show in a different light. ‘The First 48’ to me now is like a suped up ‘CSI: Miami.’ The cases are real, there are real victims, real suspects and real police officers but the show needs the editorial stamp: based on true events like it does with movies like “Remember the Titans,” despite the fact that real-time interrogations are aired.
I will continue to watch the show, just with a different eye.