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At the Desk of: Brad Davis, Dateline Producer

Dateline sat down At the Desk Of Brad Davis, the producer of this week's Dateline report with Dennis Murphy.

Brad Davis is the producer of this Friday's episode with Dennis Murphy, Cold-Blooded. We sat down with him to get the inside scoop on the report. (Brad's responses have been edited for length and clarity.)

Dateline: Hey, Brad. Have a second?

Brad Davis, Dateline Producer: Sure.

Dateline: We know you’re producing this Friday’s Dateline. We have a few questions.

Brad: OK.

Dateline: How did you come across the case in this Friday’s report?

Brad: This case got a lot of coverage when it first broke, when this Florida law professor in Tallahassee was shot in his driveway. And it got a lot of national attention. And I jumped on the story pretty soon after that.

Dateline: Without giving anything away, tell us a bit about the story.

Brad: This Florida law professor, who was highly respected and beloved by a number of people, was shot point-blank, cold-blooded, right in his garage. Someone came up to his car and shot him. And it became this incredible mystery that would take all kinds of turns and involve a whole lot of people.

Dateline: What was the most unusual location you filmed at for this episode?

Brad: We shot in the Al Capone Suite in the Biltmore Hotel down in Florida, which is kind of hilarious. Bob Gilmartin, one of our producers, shot an interview there.

Dateline: Cold-Blooded takes place in Tallahassee, Florida. What’s your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee?

Brad: This place called Kool Beanz, which I think is on Thomasville Road there. And it’s a great, like, southern seafood restaurant. Really terrific. I must have eaten there about 20 times, honestly, over the course of this story.

Dateline: What is the one clue we should be on the lookout for?

Brad: Well, I think you need to look out for the car in this case, because it becomes the key to everything. Somebody sees a car, has a vague description, and the police take that and they run with it. And it takes a long time, but they finally put it all together.

Dateline: What’s the best thing about working on a story with Dennis Murphy?

Brad: Dennis is an incredible writer. He’s also just a congenial personality who is fun to be around. And he does great interviews. So it makes my job a lot easier.

Dateline: Thanks, Brad.

Brad: Thanks!