Oxygen Media, the new network for crime, revives fan-favorite series “Cold Justice” with brand new episodes beginning Saturday, July 22 at 8pm ET/PT. From Executive Producer Dick Wolf and Magical Elves, the real life crime series follows veteran prosecutor Kelly Siegler, who gets help from seasoned detectives – Johnny Bonds, Steve Spingola, Aaron Sam and Tonya Rider, as they dig into small town murder cases that have lingered for years without answers or justice for the victims. Together with local law enforcement from across the country, the “Cold Justice” team has successfully helped bring about 30 arrests and 16 convictions. No case is too cold for Siegler as the new season delves into new unsolved homicides while also bringing updates to previous cases.
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Kelly Siegler is a veteran prosecutor, known nationwide for her toughness, tenacity and skill in the courtroom. For over 21 years, Kelly fought for justice for Harris County, Texas residents and crime victims until she resigned from the District Attorney's office in May 2008. She has prosecuted some of the hardest cases with some of the toughest criminals Harris County has seen and has done so against the most formidable and respected criminal defense attorneys in the state. She has tried approximately 200 jury trials and is not only respected for her ability in the courtroom but also sought out as a speaker and expert in effective courtroom advocacy. She has lectured all over the country on topics such as, "Final Arguments," "Jury Presentation," "Arguing Effectively for a Death Sentence" and "How to Pick a Jury." Kelly has tried over 65 murder cases and secured convictions in all of them. A fierce advocate on behalf of crime victims and their families, she also has the respect of members of law enforcement agencies, not just in Harris County but also nationwide.
A retired Homicide Detective from Houston, Texas, Johnny Bonds has been working on “Cold Justice” since the beginning. He started his career in Law Enforcement in 1967, and became the youngest Detective promoted to the Homicide Division at the age of 25. After eight years in Homicide, he worked in other distinguished divisions including Fugitive Detail, Internal Affairs and SWAT. His defining case was solving the gruesome triple homicide of the Wanstrath family in 1979, and he became coined ‘The Cop Who Wouldn’t Quit.” Johnny attempted to take an early retirement, but quickly realized that the only thing he’s really good at is being a cop. He came back and began working for the District Attorney’s office as one of their Investigators where he met Kelly in 1989. He became her Primary Investigator and they worked closely together in the Special Crimes unit. In his 41 years in law enforcement, Johnny has spent the majority of his career working on homicide cases and has handled over 1,000 homicides and spoken to hundreds of killers. His specialty is interrogations and he has a keen sense of getting people to talk.
An investigator with a national reputation for excellence, Steve Spingola has been on Kelly’s team for the last few seasons. Now retired, Steve served as a Lieutenant Detective of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), supervising all major categories of criminal investigations, including stints in the Homicide Unit, Vice Control Division, Sensitive Crimes Unit, and Violent Crimes Division. He further served as the lead investigator for the Critical Incident Unit, a group that probes police related shootings, use-of-force incidents, and other significant events. As a detective, Steve spent several years conducting death investigations for a homicide unit with one of the highest clearance rates in the country. He was heavily involved in the high-profile case of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. He is also the author of Best of Spingola Files, Vol. 1, and Predators of the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders.
New to the “Cold Justice” team, Aaron Sam is no stranger to cold cases. He has been a homicide and violent crimes detective for the West Palm Beach Police Department for over 12 years and an officer for the West Palm Beach Police Department for 18 years. As a homicide detective he has worked with Federal, State and local agencies to combine efforts for arrests and convictions. Aaron has over 250 homicide and violent crime cases under his belt. He has been recognized for his critical roles, earning the Investigator of the Year award in 2008 (federal) and 2011 (West Palm Beach Police Department). In 2012, he garnered the ASIS Criminal Investigation Team of the Year.
New to the “Cold Justice” team, Tonya Rider has over 26 years of experience as a detective working for the Toledo Police Department (TPD) in the Crimes against Persons/Homicide unit. During her career, she received a Meritorious Service Medal for her work on a high profile cold case homicide investigation. The case involved the murder of a Catholic nun by Father Gerald Robinson, who was convicted of killing her in 2006. In addition to her work as a homicide detective, Tonya's passion to help others took her to TPD's Sexual Assault Unit where she successfully obtained hundreds of sexual assault convictions, including more than three Federal Internet Crimes Against Children’s (ICAC) convictions while working in conjunction with the United States Secret Service. Since 2009, she has served as a Consultant to the State of Ohio Attorney General on Sexual Assault Investigations. She retired from the Toledo Police Department in 2016, and is currently a full-time Instructor at Bowling Green State University in the Forensic Investigations Program.
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