For close to 30 years, Detective McFadden has been investigating homicides for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina police department. Dedicated to protecting and serving his community, McFadden uses his street smarts to work the streets he calls home. According to TV Series Finale, when a call comes in, the detective often knows the people involved, whether they be the victims, family members, or the perpetrators.
“Garry McFadden is truly an original – with his larger-than-life personality, Garry doesn’t just solve crimes, he cares passionately about helping his community,” said Jane Latman, SVP development, ID. “This series will help viewers understand both the intricacies of detective work and the incredible legacy Garry is creating in Charlotte.”
During each episode, Detective Garry McFadden walks viewers through a murder case where he highlights how he used his unique and proven methods to solve some of the most difficult cases of his career. He states in a preview clip of the series that he doesn’t push the envelope but that he tears it. Detective McFadden says that most people don’t even know his real name, but that when they see him they say, “that’s Homicide.”
The first episode titled “From the Gridiron to the Grave” re-enacts a 2006 case where a high school football star is found gunned down behind a church. McFadden discovers that a dispute on the football field during a game with a rival team may have led to the young man’s death, but there are other emerging leads and evidence that Detective Garry McFadden can’t ignore, and he uses all his skills to find the person responsible. For the re-enactments, Stephen William Tenner plays Detective Jason Kelly, and Akintola Jay portrays Detective Garry McFadden. Both men have recurring roles in the series.
Detective Garry McFadden doesn’t hesitate to put it all on the line; he will go anywhere or talk to anyone in order to solve a homicide. He has an impressive 90 percent success rate with the investigations he takes on. Every day, Garry is willing to risk his life to solve the homicides cases he works and wears his badge of confidence just like he wears one of his best suits. Pop Tower shared that with over 35 impressive years on the force, Detective Garry McFadden remains passionate about what he does and is still going strong with no signs of slowing down.
The website, Dedication to Community, states that McFadden is one of the most decorated law enforcement officers in the history of CMPD. Detective Garry McFadden retired on July 31, 2011, but was immediately re-hired by the City of Charlotte, where he was assigned to work in the Office of the Chief of Police at CMPD.
McFadden is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and has been certified by several schools and universities in the areas of investigations and forensics. Detective McFadden also serves as an advocate for his community while working with several education, religious, government, and corporate organizations to provide vital public safety and life-skills information that has been credited with changing and saving many lives.
McFadden’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, and he has received many accolades and awards including Medal of Valor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, The National Society of The Sons of The American Revolution; 2011 Detective of the Year, Optimist International /Queen City Optimist Club; Charlotte Observer, Community Relations Awards and recognition; NAACP Ashanti Award – Unsung Hero; 2011 Chief of Police Outstanding Service Award, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; Distinguished Service Award for Homicide Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
I Am Homicide is produced for Investigation Discovery by Blackfin. Executive producers on the series for Blackfin are Geno McDermott, Alexa Conway, and Patrick Conway. For Investigation Discovery, Diana Sperrazza is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett serves as general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.
Will you be watching this new series? Leave your comments, thoughts, and opinions below. I Am Homicide premieres on Tuesday, June 14 at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery channel.
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