The First 48

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"The First 48" is a reality television show which follows homicide detectives during the first critical two days of death investigations in various American cities. The program began airing on the Arts and Entertainment cable channel in 2004. From 2008 to 2011 the production included stories filmed in Birmingham with permission of the Birmingham Police Department

Producers first contacted the department about documenting its murder investigations in 2007. The idea was welcomed by then police chief Annetta Nunn, but was nixed by mayor Bernard Kincaid, who stated that the camera crews might interfere in investigations.

After taking office in November 2007 Mayor Larry Langford hired A. C. Roper to take over the police department. In July 2008 Roper announced that the program would be coming to Birmingham later in the summer.

Crews from "The First 48" arrived in early September. The first case they documented was the shooting of Demetrius Reigns, a little-league football coach who was shot to death in Inglenook on September 4. Executive producer Mike Sheridan praised the department for its cooperation and professionalism. The first episode to include segments from Birmingham aired on February 5, 2009. Additional episodes aired in 2010 & 2011.


  • Episode 138 (February 5, 2009) "Ditched"
  • Episode 155 (February 4, 2010) "Mixed Up"
  • Episode 159 (July 8, 2010) "Night of the Dead" (deaths of Robert Littlepaige and Anthony Everson on December 22, 2009)
  • Episode 164 (August 5, 2010) "Bad Connection" (death of Michael Turner on October 26, 2009)
  • Episode 166 (August 12, 2010) "Jacked Up" (death of Terrez Watkins on March 16, 2010)


  • Ohnemus, Phillip and Michael Nix (July 22, 2008) "A&E Show “The First 48” Coming to Birmingham." CBS42 news
  • Crowe, Christina (January 22, 2009) "The First 48." Black & White. No. 360, p. 12
  • Robinson, Carol (August 17, 2011) "A&E reality TV show 'The First 48' winding down at Birmingham Police Department." Birmingham News

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