Two years to the day, police announced that they had secure arrest warrants against the man they say killed Bridget Shiel. 

Photo: � 2018 Cox Media Group.
Photo: � 2018 Cox Media Group.

A&E’s ‘The First 48: Homicide Squad Atlanta’ features local murder case

It debuts January 10, 2019

Originally posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

A&E has shot a new series in Atlanta called “The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta” coming out January 10, 2019.

It will follow a group of Atlanta Police Department detectives to solve one particular case: the murder of a young woman Bridget Shiel found naked and shot to death in a Oakland City Park in southwest Atlanta in 2016. 

The 19-year-old was riddled with multiple gunshot wounds to her back, buttocks and legs. According to AJC coverage, it took two years for the police to find a suspect, known gang member Christopher Spencer.

Detectives said they found traces of Spencer’s DNA on a nearby Sprite bottle as well as on the victim. It was enough evidence for police to make an arrest. Motive is still unknown. 

Spencer was already in prison for the double murder of a DeKalb County couple. He was later charged in connection with the murder of two children in Clayton County.

The series will also cover other close-ended cases. 

David Quinn and Andre Lowe on "The First 48 Presents Atlanta Homicide Squad" debuting on A&E January 10, 2019.
Andrew Lowe, a homicide detective on the case on A&E's "The First 48 Presents: Atlanta Homicide Squad."

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.