Wednesday, October 5 2005
LAW & ORDER --(10:00PM-11:00PM) --(TV-14 L)
DEATHBED CONFESSION PUTS FONTANA BACK ON COLD-CASE MURDER OF GIRL THAT ONLY HEAPS MORE PAIN ON VICTIM'S FATHER -- A criminal makes a surprising deathbed confession that compels Detective Fontana (Dennis Farina) to re-open his own 10-year-old cold case file concerning the murder of a 12-year-old girl. Instead of the victim's father, whom Fontana is certain committed the crime, the new prime suspect is a former drug-addict whose jailhouse confession to the prosecution's most viable witness is disqualified on the grounds it was made in a spiritual context. Despite dwindling options, Assistant D.A. McCoy (Sam Waterston) continues to pursue a murder-two conviction despite a stern warning from his wary boss, D.A. Branch (Fred Dalton Thompson), who cautions against the fallout of losing this high profile case again. Jesse L. Martin, Annie Parisse and S. Epatha Merkerson also star.