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Saturday, May 7, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Jersey Detective Closes 5 Year Trenton Cold Case On A&E ManHunters: Fugitive Task Force
Friday, May 06, 2011 (Trenton, New Jersey) – Trenton Detective, Luddie Austin is to re-appear on A & E TV, Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force on Thursday, May 12, 2011 where US Marshals attempt to apprehend, Henry Kidd and Darrell Scott, fugitives wanted for the death of state witness Kendra DeGrasse, who was found shot to death in her SUV in Trenton, New Jersey on March 24, 2005. Two years before her death, DeGrasse was slated to testify against her ex-boyfriend and gang member, Anthony Kidd for a 2001 shootout he had with police, but threats made towards her lead to the recant of her testimony on the witness stand. Even without her testimony, Anthony was found guilty and sentenced which lead to him reaching out to his Brother, Henry and his Cousin, Scott to have DeGrasse killed; Scott shot her in the head.
Five years after her death, Detective-Sergeant Austin brings the case to Commander Lenny DePaul and the Fugitive Task Force in an effort to give DeGrasse’s Mother, Carlotta DeGrasse, two children and other Family & Friends closure in this unfortunate and senseless death.
The “Murder for Hire” episode #47, airing on May 12, marks Austin’s second appearance this season since March 17th’s season premier episode. In his second season on the A&E fan favorite show, Austin strives to keep the streets of his hometown of, Trenton safe where he serves as an Officer.
With the success of the show Detective Austin is taking advantage of his Celebrity status to make awareness and work towards helping the Trenton Community. By taking on a role as a Guest Speaker, Austin will be speaking at the Trenton Boys and Girls Club on May 28th at a Fundraiser Event geared towards raising funds for the Club, as they recently suffered a cut back. The Fundraiser will feature Comedians and Entertainment for locals, including Detective Austin who is an advocate for the Youth. Raising kids in the Trenton area, Luddie knows the importance of having a safe location for kids to attend to. Contributing to the hike in graduates in the area, The Boys and Girls Club is set on keeping its programs for the area Youth. (May 28th Trenton Boys & Girls Club, 212 Centre Street, Trenton, NJ from 7pm – 10pm Tickets $15-$40 – DeshairFoskey@Gmail.com for more information.)
Manhunters: Fugitive Task Forceis a half-hourreality televisionshow which premiered on A&Ein December of 2008. It chronicles US Marshals and local law enforcement as they hunt down some of America's worst fugitives. The show primary focus on the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Force (NY/NJ RFTF) based out of New York City. The U.S. Marshals Task Force is responsible for the takedown of the DC snipers and other triple-homicide felons to major international fugitives. Visit www.usmarshals.govfor more information on the US Marshals. Manhunters can be seen weekly airing every Thursday night on A&E TV at 10pm EST/9pm CST - www.aetv.com/manhunters.
** Detective-Sergeant Luddie Austin can be found on Twitter