Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the murder of teenager Chris Skinner who was found dead on 56th St. His throat was slit and the medical examiner estimates a 6 inch blade was used. He also had bruises that were a couple of weeks old. They learn that he was out selling chocolate bars as part of a school fund-raiser with fellow student but they split up after a half hour or so. From students at Chris' high school, he appears to have been the victim of bullying and evidence points to John Telford, a student. The prosecutors have trouble linking the boy to the killing and DA Adam Schiff orders that the boy's father, Robert Telford - who ignored his son's violent behavior - be charged with murder as a result of depraved indifference. Evidence comes from an unexpected source. Written by
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A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Sandra Telford had her husband served with divorce papers at Rikers.
Sacrificed her marriage to save her son's.
D.A. Adam Schiff
She spoke up sooner, she might have saved Chris Skinner.
Want to put her in jail, too?
D.A. Adam Schiff
Don't tempt me.
References Star Trek