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First 48 Episode Street Law
First 48 Episode “Street Law and Standing Up” 2/17/11
So! Let’s start with the Miami case: two victims shot in their car with only one witness. One victim was dead on arrival to the hospital and the other was listed in critical condition.
The witness heard gun shots while he was waiting for the bus, looked around the corner (being nosey in my opinion, I would have broke out running) and saw a dark Malibu drive off. Upon closer looks he saw what appeared to be two people shot.
Now this lead detective on the case was a “fashionista” in my opinion, you could tell this by his hot, stylish sun shades he was sporting (too cute). He said he had been working with the gang unit for the past few years, and this was his first case since he’d been back. To me he seemed to have a good command of his team and they all respected him, and laughed at his corny jokes.
One of the detectives found out the one victim was the co-founder of the gang YLo - I was like oh snap! Because sometimes when a gang member dies, there are more dead bodies to follow. Luckily the family member of the vic (vic = victim) said he didn’t think it was gang related because the vic called him shortly before his death. The family member said the vic told him he had just gotten into a fight and had beaten a fat dude’s butt, from the strip club. See this why people need to stay away from the strip club, there’s always mischief lurking around those clubs.
So the lead detective and crew go by the strip joint to check surveillance videos and it did capture a glimpse of the fat dude, but it didn’t show him fighting or anything. The club owner said members of the YLo gang kept calling to see if they knew who the fat dude was or his whereabouts. I was like oh snap! That fat dude better slim down because YLo gang is hot on his trail - plus the cops. At this point, I thought for sure the fat dude was the trigger man, and he needed be caught and questioned immediately.
Then! An informant called the station saying the trigger man was this cat named Pepito and that Pepito is always hanging with a fat dude, and drives a dark car. Per the informant, Pepito and the fat dude are a part of the 3OP gang, and the YLo gang members are ready to blast both of them. Time is of essence now before all the shootings begin. So the lead detective started working more with the gang unit, and also gets media together for the vic’s family to ask the public for help. Plus! The other vic in the hospital, who was in critical condition, had passed away. Now it’s a double homicide! (so sad)
The victim’s family at the press conference spoke about how they lost a great family man, and a good person. Really? The vic was the co-founder of the gang! And he was hanging out at the strip club, whipping behind! But who am I to judge, so I will leave that topic alone.
Jose Martinez was Pepito’s real name, and it doesn’t sound too malicious, I’m big on the culprits name, some names sound like murderous people if you will, but his sounds normal. The lead detective got this info from the gang unit’s help. He also got the license plate info on the Malibu and the address of Pepito’s girlfriend, a huge break in the case. Still no word on the fat dude though.
They ride over to get Pepito, and I must say the lead detective was rather badly dressed, but you can tell he was trying to look cute in his multi shades of brown, striped shirt, and walnut brown slacks. I guess maybe if he wore a tie with it he would’ve looked more professional, because he looked like he was going on a date. (not cute)
Shot guns out and all, they move in on the property, but Pepito was not there! Dang, and his girlfriend came out sobbing and very emotional because she was 9 months pregnant! I was like oh snap! She was set up to have the baby tomorrow! Now this how the fatherless children cycle continues, because I will speculate that Pepito does not have a good father figure in his life, and here he is about to be charged with murder, and unable to be his new baby’s life.
I must say, Pepito is one of the worst liars I have listened to in a long time. At the station, in the interview room, he kept giving terrible excuses that made absolutely no sense. Stating: “Oh I was asleep at my girl’s crib, and my boys took my car. I know for a fact I wasn’t in the car. And some dorky dude brought my car back to me, I always let any my friends take my car. Nah I don’t know who brought my car back.” Really Pepito? He may as well confess and save the tax payers some money by not going to trial, because the screen later read he plead not guilty.
Moving on to the infamous fat dude, he called the station, but he had a lawyer and said he was going to exercise his 5th amendment and not say anything. Fat dude is forever known as fat dude since they did not say his name, and he was never charged for anything as of yet. I wonder if he was the actual shooter? Pepito better go ahead and snitch if he’s found guilty and gets life. He can’t let big dude get off! Well fat dude has to watch his back anyhow, since YLo gang is still out there seeking vengeance.
Now the other murder took place in Louisville, and it was sad but boring. The victim was with his friends, hanging out and came across a dude and a girl and got into some sort of argument. They were driving a tan Pontiac or something and ended up shooting the vic, and he was left dead on the side of the road and pronounced dead upon arrival.
The lead detective did not seem like the lead detective, she was very passive and glum in my opinion; the other detectives seemed to be running the show. They tried to make the case interesting, but it was pretty straight forward. They got the name of the vic, talked to the friends around him at the time of the shooting, ran descriptions in computer, got Boonie’s real name Keith McCain (another regular name) and head out to find him. They were initially unsuccessful, but Boonie and the girl Sharletta (her name sounds dubious) eventually turn themselves in, but they were lawyered up so no statements for the detective.
Both cases were sad stories, but the Miami case with Pepito and the infamous fat dude was the most interesting. I’m glad there were arrests in both cases. Tune in next Thursday 9pm on A& E! My favorite tv station.
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Real life investigations by crime scene investigators, detectives and homicide detectives from around the country on the A&E TV original series, The First 48 Hours.