THE CASE OF REASONABLE DOUBT (Cont’d)
The next day…
Molly told Jen she had idea on how to trick Kiera into confessing her affair with Ken never ended. She showed Jen a photograph. It was of a clear plastic evidence bag. Inside the bag was a red thong and bra.
“Is this for real?” Jen asked. “The thong and that bra sorta look like mine.”
Molly laughed “I was pressed for time. I’ll buy you a new pair. I stole the evidence bag from Jonah.”
Jen laughed. “Remind me to lock my bedroom door. So, how do you see this going down?”
“I’ll show this picture to Kiera and say my contact in homicide took the picture and gave it to me. I’ll ask if they’re hers. If she says yes, I’ll know she’s lying; trying to cover for Ken. Then I’m hoping she’ll confess to continuing the affair with Ken.”
“And if she says they aren’t hers?” Jen asked.
“Then I guess she’s telling the truth. I set up a meeting with her for this afternoon. Can you stick around as a witness?”
“Will you tell her you know she hooked up with Ken in Tampa?”
“I’m not sure how to handle it. Let’s see what happens this afternoon.”
Jen agreed to hang around. When Kiera arrived, Molly showed her the photograph. “I asked a friend in homicide if there was any unusual evidence indicating Ken was having an affair. He gave me this. It’s picture of a thong and bra. Are they yours?”
Kiera looked at the picture and turned it around a couple of times. “It’s hard to tell, but they’re not mine. Not my color.” Kiera showed hardly any emotion.
Molly had hoped for a confession. “Are you sure?”
“Of course,” Kiera answered. “I told you Ken might being having an affair. He’s quite the playboy.”
“Okay,” Molly said, hiding her disappointment. “So, we’re looking for another person who had the motive to kill Ken. Maybe the crime lab will get some DNA from it. We’ll wait and see.”
After Kiera left, Molly said to Jen, “Well, what big disappointment. Maybe she’s telling the truth.”
A week later …
Doc was on call and was called into the ER, so Jen and Jonah had the bed to themselves. Jen initiated romancing, as she always did, by kissing Jonah on the side of his neck. She knew, of course, Jonah was very ticklish on his neck and could barely stand to be kissed there. It was also a turn on for him. Two organisms later Jen lay next to Jonah trying to catch her breath. “Jonah, can I ask you about the Ken Rice case?”
“Damn, Jen,” Jonah answered. “You know I could get in trouble talking to you about it.”
“Come on,” Jen replied. “It’s pillow talk. Everyone assumes you will talk to me about it, so you might as well do it. Besides, I’ll pry it out of you eventually.”
“How strong is your case?” Jen asked.
“He’s guilty as hell,” Jonah answered. “We have her blood on his hands and arms. We have his prints on the murder weapon. He had motive and opportunity. He’s guilty.”
“What about his story of an intruder?” Jen asked.
“It doesn’t track,” Jonah answered. “There was no forced entry. We couldn’t find any other prints anywhere except for his.”
“How come he didn’t have blood on the front of his shirt?”
“We figure he attacked her from behind. He pulled her head back with one hand and reached in front and stabbed her with the knife in the other hand.”
“But wasn’t the patio door unlocked?” Jen asked. “Ken says his wife could have let in someone.”
“True, but he had time to stage it. He turned off the security system and unlocked the patio door. We used K-9 trackers outside and came up empty handed. There’re no videos anywhere showing an intruder or a car coming into the neighborhood at that time of morning.”
“What was his motive?” Jen asked.
“Well, money was one motive. Ken was in debt up to his eyeballs. He recently purchased a life insurance policy on his wife to the tune of a million dollars. Plus, we think he was having an affair.”
Jen had heard enough for now. She changed subjects. “What about us?”
“What about us?” Jonah repeated.
“I mean our future. Is this it? Are we ever going to get married and have kids? I always thought by now I’d be married and having kids.”
“Wow,” Jonah exclaimed. “What brought this on?”
To be continued…
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