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Matt Doherty
Episode Shattered
Status Arrested

Matt Doherty was a then teenage boy and unintended ringleader in the 1993 murder of Wanda Johnson, a fifteen year old acquaintance of his and his then best friend Ronnie Tavares.


Wanda died by being accidentally shot to death in the chest when the two boys fought over possession of the weapon - a gun which belonged to Matt's father. Overwhelmed with emotion, Ronnie and Matt ran off with her body in their car and dump it in The Badlands, an unflattering neighborhood in the city.

Sixteen years later in 2010, the two former friends are reunited when the case is reopened due to evidence of their involvement in the crime being found. They both remorsefully confess, saying nothing was supposed to happen; Wanda's passing was an accident, making her the unfortunate victim in this case.

Shocking information reveals that Matt is the son of Patrick Doherty, Philadelphia's police deputy commissioner. Patrick found out the horrible truth when cleaning out the original murder site, where he discovers the family car. He then hid all involvement of his son and Ronnie. Plus, Matt is now a parent himself.