You can catch the Memphis Police Homicide Squad on Court TV this week. The MPD granted unprecedented access to the cable outlet. Court TV cameras got a rare glimpse inside the crime scene to capture the grizzly details of investigating murder in Memphis. "From talking to witnesses and the collecting of evidence to talking to the suspect, really from start to finish." says Sgt. W.D. Merritt.
One Court TV focus falls on the17 year MPD veteran, W. D. Merritt, the son of a career cop. Sgt. Merritt and his partners struggle to identify a homeless drifter found dead in a Raleigh apartment complex last year. "It took us over a month just to get the victim identified." says Sgt. Merritt.
Court TV stuck with Merritt and the other 17 Memphis detectives on every Memphis murder for four months. Merritt says it's a lot of sacrifice and a lot of hours and the job even requires 24 hour shifts day in and day out. Lt. Joe Scott agrees the job requires a lot of dedication. "You have to be dedicated to do this because this is not an 8 to 4 job. I've gotten a call at 2am and had to deal with death and just really did not feel like it then."
Court TV hit the road with Memphis detectives to Caruthersville, Missouri, Kentucky, and other places as they ultimately made an arrest in the puzzling murder of the drifter. "They can see just through the video that we want to find out who killed these people and we're not sitting around doing nothing." says Sgt. Merritt.
A word of warning, the Court TV exclusive is not for the squeamish. Cameras show the bodies of murder victims and other rather gruesome aspects of murder investigations.