Betrayals and Funerals – Episode 31

They’d found my fingerprints at the crime scene. Lots of them. They’d also found pictures. Pictures of Ruby and I that gave everyone an insight to what had really transpired between us.
Del had advised me not to mention that I’d had a thing with Ruby. She believed it was safe to avoid raising any prejudice in the mind of the cops.
“If you tell them that, they’d conclude it was a crime of passion, a lovers’ spat or something.” She’d told me.
So I had kept my little tryst with Ruby from the cops. Obviously it had been a wrong move because as soon as the cops searched the house thoroughly, they’d found the incriminating pictures. That had been motive enough for them.
After all why would I lie to them about that if I had nothing to hide?
They’d also found my fingerprints on Ruby’s body, Delia told me. That wasn’t news to me. I’d touched her body but not in an attempt to kill her.
There was only one problem though, no murder weapon. All they had was circumstantial evidence but the DA seemed in a hurry to wrap the case up. Delia said he had political aspirations and only cared to look good in the eyes of the press.
They said I had motive and I had no alibi. Motive? We’d had a fight and she’d probably threatened to tell my wife. My several denials of that wavy theory fell on deaf ears. They said they had a witness who’d heard sounds of argument on the night of Ruby’s death
I’d been charged with second-degree murder.
Lucky me.
Kemi came to see me every day at the county jail after my arraignment. I could see it was tearing her apart, yet she was trying so hard to be strong.
“Baby, their case against you is circumstantial.”
“But they can place me at the crime scene.” I lamented.
“Yes. But they don’t have the murder weapon. According to forensics, the cause of death was a fracture of the skull and a massive brain haemorrhage. They can’t determine whether she fell or was struck with something heavy and blunt. That’s good news for us. Until they can find the murder weapon and link it to you, honey we still have a chance.” She spoke rapidly.
I couldn’t understand half of what she was saying. My mind was drifting again. What if they never found the murder weapon? Would I go to jail for a crime I didn’t commit?
“The police are assuming she knew her killer. Baby, I’m Del’s co-counsel in the case so I’m allowed access to crime scene report and the likes. I’m gonna be conducting some personal investigation of my own. Something stinks here. I can’t let you go to jail for a crime you didn’t commit. We have a child to raise.”
I took her hands in mine, I felt them trembling. I wanted so much to hug her, but my cuffed hands wouldn’t let me.
“We’ll be fine, I promise.” I said.
“The house is so lonely without you. I can’t sleep at night.”
“Why? You’re worrying about me?”
“How can I not? I’m also going through every legal book I can find. There has to be some law to back you up. Some way I can help Del. The DA is so eager to wrap up this case because of his political aspirations. Imagine that.”
“Kemi. Sweetheart.” She was shaking uncontrollably now. “Calm down. Del is taking care of everything, ok?”
How could I be so calm with everything going on around me? I wondered. I was facing possible incarceration, yet here I was spouting soothing words to my wife.
God, what is this? How tragic could my life get? In eight months, I’d lost a daughter, almost lost my marriage and now, about to lose my freedom.
Something had been niggling at the back of my mind since my arrest. It clicked now.
“Baby, you saw the police report, right?” I asked.
“Yes. Del and I looked over it together. What’s it?”
“My cell phone. Was there anything about it in there?”
She squinted, racking her brain. “No. I don’t think so. Except they removed it from the report. Maybe as their ace in the hole or something. Why are you asking?”
“Because, if the cops searched the crime scene well…as they rightly should, they should have found the phone. It fell from my hands when the killer knocked me out. If the cops didn’t find it, it means the killer disposed of it or something. It could prove that I’m telling the truth and there was someone else in the house besides me.”
“Honey, that’s a long shot, you know.”
“I know but we’re grasping for straws here.”
She sighed. “Know what? I’ll go through the police report thoroughly again and if I don’t see anything about the phone, I’ll get access to the crime scene.”
“That’s good enough. I’m so sorry for bringing this on us. It’s all my fault.”
She shook her head. “We’re gonna get through this together, sweetheart. How are they treating you here?”
I shrugged. “Jail is jail, whether you’ve been sentenced or not. There are some pretty tough guys in there. But at least no one’s made any gay proposals.” I infused a little humour into my voice.
“Well, thank God for that. Just stay outta trouble, ok? Pastor B sends his regards. Says he owes you a visit.” She touched my face softly. “I miss you so much.”
I nodded. “I miss you too. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking in here. Funny how prison changes you.” I touched her stomach lightly. “And how’s our baby doing?”
Before she could answer, the guard signalled the end of the session. She hugged me, promising to come back with good news.
Even though her visit left me somewhat cheered, I hated having her see me in the orange jumpsuit that was the prison uniform. How could I tell her that the prison food tasted like sawdust? Ever since the judge had refused bail for me, I’d sunk into a form of depression that was new to me. It was the kind where I dreamed of Ruby and head her screaming while she was being butchered.
Del came to see me two days later. She was the person I saw most these days, as my lawyer she had exclusive right to see me when she wanted.
She’d let her hair down. That was the first thing I noticed about her. Del never let her hair down. She usually wore it in a firm bun at the top of her head.
“You look…different.” I remarked.
She looked at me, perplexed. “Really?”
“Yes. I guess prison makes me appreciate the finer things of life.” I chuckled drily.
I wasn’t sure but a look I didn’t recognise crossed her face and was gone in a split second.
“I’ve been with the D.A.” She said, sitting down.
“He put a proposition on the table.” She fiddled with her file.
“What kind?”
“He wants to enter a plea bargain. Plead guilty to manslaughter and you get a lesser sentence and no need for the rigorous and long trial.”
I stared at her. “I’m supposed to plead guilty to a crime I didn’t commit?”
“Look at it this way, if you end up going to trial, you might not be able to convince the jury that you didn’t actually commit this crime.”
“So why are you my attorney?”
“To give you the best legal counsel I can.”
“Does Kemi know about this?”
“I thought I should let you know first.”
“So what do you think? I should plead guilty and go to jail?”
“A lesser sentence is always much better than a long trial in which you end up getting convicted for a more serious charge. I think it’s not such a bad deal.”
“But I didn’t kill her. Someone else did. That will make a killer go free.”
“That’s a fine argument as long as you can convince a jury.”
“Are you telling me I picked the wrong lawyer? That Kemi and I can’t trust you?”
She looked away so I couldn’t read her face.
“Because you’re doing an awesome job of convincing me that you aren’t capable.” I continued.
“I’m gonna do the best I can for you, Mo. That’s all I can promise.” She said.
“Good. That’s enough. Because I’m not pleading guilty. I’m going to trial.” I declared.
She looked at me like I was crazy then heaved a sigh. “Fine. To trial we go.”

38 thoughts on “Betrayals and Funerals – Episode 31” by Mimiadebayo (@Mimiadebayo)

  1. Hmmm! I suspect Delia oh!

  2. Sigh. I have never trusted Delia. Knew from the moment she showed up in this tale, playing the faithful family friend that she was no good. Kemi, find that phone and get Mo out of her claws. Plea bargain, my left butt cheek.
    Poor Mo, see where your waka-dukpe prick placed you ba? How d’you like prison, boy? Thank jah no one has pegged him yet.
    Well done, Mimi. $ß.

  3. Hmmmmmm…DELIA!

  4. If Mo escapes this, I doubt he will ever look at another woman apart from his wife again.
    Going good madam of suspense.

  5. from the onset i suspected Delia, not all friends are happy for ones success. Good work.

  6. Taking responsibilty for a crime one did not commit. Nah!

    Hmmm. Del.

    Waiting for the next episode.

  7. wow! my first time of reading Betrayals and Funerals…this is so awsome….but m so lost *sobbing*……dnt knw …but the name Delia sounds like Delilah in the bible…the betrayer….so I dnt like Delia too…lol…..

    Mimi, this is cool, I wont mind if I can get a summary of the previous 30…pleaaaase….
    Impatiently waiting for the next episode…

    Well done!

  8. I don talk am say I no trust delia

  9. Thanks so much for reading @Nalongo

  10. Lolz @sibbylwhyte Funny you.
    I think Mo has learnt His lesson.

    And as for Delia… hmmmm. Let’s keep our fingers crossed dear. Thanks a lot for reading!

  11. This your hmmmm eh! @PoshDr Keep reading dear. Thanks for following this far. I appreciate much.

  12. I’m sure Mo is saying thank you @schatzilein for your good wishes.
    And I am too. Thank you dearest for staying on.

  13. I doubt it too @olajumoke He’s sure learned his lesson.

    Thank you my co-chic lit writer. I appreciate you cheering me on. #kisses#.

  14. @namdi it’s a common practice in America,though.

    They’d rather take the plea bargain than prove their innocence. Sucks right? Well, sometimes it does.

    Thank you for reading

  15. @Omoniyi your first time!! Yaay!!
    #ringing a bell for you#
    Welcome welcome welcome.

    Glad to have you on the ride with us.

    I hope you enjoyed this installment. Well,that summary you’re asking for…hmmmmm.The best I can do for now is point you to my profile to read the rest of the episodes. Would that be good???

    I hope you find them and catch up. Thanks dear.

    Delia’s name? Hehehehe…. the full name is Cordelia.

  16. Delilah, or whatever the name is!
    What a character!

    Nice one dear. And I must confess that I’ve missed some episodes, but I’m not lost, at least not after reading this one.

  17. Everybody no trust Delia for here. Ooh! @Glowingdiva wetin she do una na?

    Well let’s read on and see if those emotions are well founded.
    Thanks a million for reading!!!

  18. i have never trusted that Dalia chick… but then she said something sensible…. perhaps they should use that fone thing… MIMY, tell Dalia to talk to Kemi..

  19. Men!!! Dis is 2 much.. Del waz Jealousy of her friend marriage. Friend by day, enemy @ nite. Good 1 Mimi.

  20. Deliah, Deliah, Deliah….hmm, if I were you guys, I would not try to predict anything. Methinks Mimiiiiii got an ace up her sleeve.

    Good work dearie.

  21. oya let’s go to trial. I’m as ready as Mo is.

  22. @Chime221 glad you still caught up wit this episode.

    Thanks a lot for reading.

  23. @Fadehan something sensible eh? I wonder what that is. Thanks a lot for your input.

  24. @vicky indeed.

    Thanks so very much for sticking close.

  25. @Hymar and if I don’t? I could be really straightforward na.

    Thanks dearie.

  26. Yaay @bunmiril Off to trial we go!

    Thanks dear for reading.

  27. Wish u well Mo,kind of surprise his mother is keeping a low profile in all d mess in her son’s life, hope is not guilty conscience? Gud work mimi

    1. @nira-slyves nice observation! You really have eyes for details…

  28. I have to strap myself in for this portion of the literary journey; a second seat belt actually. Looking forward to what the next installment holds. @mimiadebayo. Well done again.

  29. Like it was reported that Anini the notorious armed robber said when he was about to be executed ”I am afraiding of die”, @Mimiadebayo: I am afraiding a bit ooooooo.

  30. I think it’s natural for all lawyers to offer their clients this option…there is no guarantee of winning any case esp with a case as complicated as this…

    Well done

  31. mu na jira episode 32>>>>>> we’re waiting for episode 32, queen….
    Nice work

  32. @NIRA-SLYVES good question. Where is she, I wonder. Thanks for reading dear.

  33. @LEROY Lol, you’re afraiding?

    Just stay tuned. Thank you dearest for following

  34. @topazo Very true sir. No lawyer wants to take a case and eventually lose it.

    If an alternative is possible and reasonable, well…they’d consider it.

    But in cases where the lawyer believes solely in the innocence of his client ,he will not consider such alternatives most times.

    Thank you for stopping by,albeit a tad late.

    1. @mimiadebayo he would still offer the client and if the client says no, then he would put his weight behind proving the accused innocent.

      So now, my comments don’t matter abi, so once I’m late in commenting I shldnt bother..

  35. God bless you………. This is Great!!!!!!!!!

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