Johnny Bonds is a retired Homicide Detective from Houston, Texas. Johnny grew up in a small town in Kern County, TX. He started his career in Law Enforcement in 1967, and became the youngest Detective promoted to the Homicide Division at the age of 25. He spent 8yrs in the Homicide Division and has worked in other distinguished divisions such as Fugitive Detail, Internal Affairs, and SWAT.
Johnny's career case was the gruesome triple homicide of the Wanstrath family in 1979. After refusing to believe the crime was a murder-suicide, he wouldn't give up until it was solved. Johnny became knows as "The Cop Who Wouldn't Quit", and was immortalized in a book by the same name.
In 1988, Johnny attempted to take an early retirement, but after taking up odd jobs in construction he quickly realized that the only thing he's really good at is being a cop. So Johnny rejoined the force and began working for the Harris County District Attorney's office as an Investigator. That is where he met Kelly Siegler in 1989, when she was a fairly new Prosecutor. They worked closely together in the Special Crimes unit, where Johnny was Kelly's Primary Investigator.
Of Johnny's 41yrs in law enforcement, 36 involved working murder cases. He can easily say he's worked on over 1,000 murders and spoken to hundreds of killers.
Johnny Bonds' specialty is interrogations; it has often been said, "If Johnny Bonds can't get someone to talk, no one can."
Armando Perez grew up in a very large family in Brownsville, TX. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Abilene Christian University at Dallas.
In December 1972, Armando graduated from the Dallas Police Academy and began his work as a DPD officer in the Patrol Division. After 26 years with DPD working in such various departments as Vice Control, Internal Affairs, and Intelligence Division, he became a Homicide Detective in 1996.
From 1996 until his retirement in 2008, Armando worked in the Homicide Division. He interviewed witnesses and suspects, collected and studied evidence, prepped prosecution reports for criminal indictments and testified at numerous trials.
Although Armando wore many hats in his years at DPD, his experience as a Homicide Detective was the most rewarding (and stressful!). Now in retirement, Armando owns his own Private Investigations Company and works with the State Department training for the Homicide Division of the Honduras National Police.
Alan Brown is a retired Homicide Detective from Houston, TX. Alan Brown grew up in Houston, TX as a 3rd generation Houston Cop. His grandfather was Houston PD, as was his dad's brother. As early as 10 years old, he started tagging along when his grandfather went to work. Alan KNEW he wanted to be a cop.
After high school, Alan wasn't old enough to apply to HPD, so he spent a year at a small College in Arkansas where he played football. It wasn't for him, so he quit and spent the following year working at an oil company. Once he was old enough, he applied to Houston PD and started The Academy.
Back in 1985, 2 days after his 21st birthday, he graduated from the Academy and hit the streets as a Houston Street Cop. The law back then stated you had to be 21 to buy ammunition, so Alan hit the streets with a gun filled bullets he was able to purchase himself!
Alan was a street officer for 7 years, then was recruited to the HPD Homicide Division in1992. He stayed there until 1996, then transferred to narcotics as an undercover officer for 2 years. In 1998, Alan went back to Homicide, where he worked until he retired in 2010.
In his many years as a Homicide Detective, Alan worked on and assisted on over 1000 murder cases.
Alan met Kelly in the late 80s, when he was a baby police officer and she was a baby prosecutor. Over the past 25 years, they have worked a variety of cases together. Since retirement, Alan has conducted several criminal investigations for large company on an as need basis. Alan's true passion is homicide investigations, though, as it is the most rewarding work of all.
Orlando Martinez was born in Puerto Rico, and grew up in Southern California. At a young age, his best friend's father, who was a Police Officer, inspired him. He admired his friend's father so much, that there was a never a question of what career path Orlando would follow.
The only active detective on the Cold Justice team, Orlando has been a sworn officer for the Los Angeles Police Department for over eighteen years. He spent his first 5 years with LAPD in uniformed field investigation as well as specialized units such as gang suppression (CRASH), Narcotics Division Field Enforcement Section (FES), an auto theft task force, a bicycle detail and Special Problems Unit.
He started working in Homicide over 13 years ago. He is currently assigned to Robbery-Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section. The Homicide Special Section is responsible for investigating Homicides involving multiple victims, serial killers, high profile homicides, and homicide involving arson.
Orlando's specialties include case biopsies, interviews, and applying modern tech advances to cases. Orlando loves working in homicide, as it a way to bring closure to families of lost loved ones. "Helping others is what I love to do," says Orlando.