"Ben Crawford is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor's young son Tom Murphy in the woods," a news release said.
"Even as Detective Andrea Cornell digs for the truth in her investigation and pegs Ben as a 'person of interest,' the case unfolds from Ben's perspective -- whether he is guilty or not. In trying to clear his name, it is Ben who peels back the layers of these suburbanites' lives in their quiet cul de sac, revealing their dirty little deceptions and all-too-crowded closets overflowing with skeletons. No one is above suspicion. Ben's family's life, already privately in disarray, is turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence."
Written, directed and produced by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley, American Crime is to debut March 5, the network said.
The new 11-part drama series stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton.
"A young couple in Modesto, Calif., were brutally attacked in their home leaving Matt Skokie, a war vet, murdered, and his wife, Gwen, unconscious, barely hanging on," a synopsis said. "The crime sends shock waves throughout the community stirring up tensions across socioeconomic and racial lines in this gritty new drama -- from the points of view of all those involved." The show will co-star W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco and Johnny Ortiz.