Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Warrick (Gary Dourdan) is certain that he has a rape-murder suspect dead to rights when he recovers a key piece of evidence, a bloody knife. But when he drops in at the suspect's preliminary hearing, Warrick is shocked to hear the judge declare that the knife is inadmissible. With only 24 hours remaining before the suspect has to be set free, the CSI team scrambles to prove his guilt. Xander Berkeley makes his first series appearance as Sheriff Rory Atwater.