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Ten years ago, a misunderstanding at a neighborhood cookout turned into a bloody night of gunfire.

Neighbors told police they thought a man named Danny Williams had gotten into the barbecue brawl with two men who were later shot. One died, the other was seriously injured. But police could find no trace of Williams, then a 25-year-old parolee known as D-Knife.

The trail went cold.

Enter John Walsh and his long-running television show “America’s Most Wanted.” Walsh’s team aired an episode on the shooting twice in 2009 and plastered Williams’ face on the show’s website.

On July 19, 2010, Williams was captured and arrested by detectives with the New York Police Department’s fugitive task force using fingerprints. He was found guilty of murder and sentenced earlier this year to 50 years in prison.

“Everyone wants to give us a huge amount of credit, but really the cops did all the work,” Walsh said by phone after a day of taping new cases in New York.

Source: Colleen Long for The Associated Press via Law Officer.

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