Witness to a trial grisham
Witness to a Trial (The Whistler, #0.5) by John Grishamthanks to Sheila for finding the book for me
A nice short 1 day read. At a crime scene, Brunswick County Sheriff Pickett found 2 nude bodies in a Tappacola tribal family home, Son Razko (best friend) & Eileen Mace (wife) shot with 2 bullets in each of their heads, in her home. Det. Willard found Junior Mace (husband) unconscious in his truck outside a frequently visited bar with a Smith & Weston with 2 bullets left. Making him the obvious defendant killing his best friend & wife cheating on him?!
An inexperienced Defense Lawyer Larry Swoboda asked & assigned by Judge McDover to the case.
The prosecutor, Wag Dunlap, hunted for his first death verdict. Witnesses were all against Junior.
1. The bartender said Junior was always in a good mood but seemed depressed that night going to sit down in his truck.
2. Ballistics expert matched the 4 bullets in the murders to the Smith & Weston found in his truck.
3. State pathologist study verified laboratory samples for diagnostic & forensic purposes.
4. Louise Razko cried not believing Son, her husband & Eilleen, her friend would cheat!
5. Wilton Mace, Todds brother knew they loved each other.
Larry Swobodas alibi that Juniors propane pipups & deliveries would keep him away from his house when the murders could have happened - were defeated.
The jury was bias - 9 white, 3 black & no native Indian. All 12 had no problem with a death verdict & talked in the jury room before the trial was over.
(view spoiler)[A spectator, named Delgado, from organized crime, came & went but not noticed by any during the trial. Two major trial flaws. Junior was never tested for drugs (depression?). Gun never reviewed for prints (wiped?). The bias jurys verdict would be guilty. Delgados assignment was complete & he was thrilled as Junior was walked away in handcuffs.
The Chief did not like Son Razko & Junior Mace agitating the tribe at their last meeting against a white mans casino on Tribal ground. This would now be easily overturned in their next meeting for his tribes Prosperity (growth was around the corner). (hide spoiler)]
Witness to a Trial: A Short Story Prequel to The Whistler, by John Grisham
The Guardians: The explosive new thriller from international bestseller John Grisham. Theodore Boone: Theodore Boone 1. Theodore Boone: The Collection Books John Grisham has perfected the art of cooking up convincing, fast-paced thrillers - Telegraph. John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player.
Grisham mixes his well-established background in crafting sensational legal thrillers with an ability to offer quirky approaches to writing in formulating this short story. It is that of the capital murder trial of Junior Mace, accused of slaying his wife and best friend in cold blood. All the evidence points to Mace returning home early from work, where he rages at the act of adultery, and shoots them both in the head.
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