At the beginning of ID TV programs they always spell out that there may be dramatizations within the program. To me that indicates exactly how something happened may have been heightened for suspense, but actually what happened was still intact.
When Little Rock, Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter was kidnapped in September, 2014, her kidnapper thought she had a lot of money.
Although 2013 had been a banner year for her, 2014 was rather lean on income, and she had very little money.
When the ransom is for money, that can probably only lead to one thing, and it did—she was murdered. If the ransom money is paid or not, the victim can identify the kidnapper.
She went to show a rural property outside of Little Rock, Arkansas to what she thought was a man and his wife. That was logged into her appointment book. Their names were Aaron Lewis and Crystal Lowery. She did call her husband to tell him where she was going.
According to ID Aaron Lewis was the only one who showed up. His wife or estranged wife, depending on which story you are following, wasn’t there.
Lewis almost immediately demanded money.
In reviewing the case later, ID showed Lewis’ house, and the indication was that he forced Beverly to go to his house, and call her husband for a ransom.
This is where the police were handcuffed. Although Lewis’ name and his wife’s name were in Beverly’s appointment book, the police still did not have probable cause to go to a judge and secure a warrant to search his house.
That is ridiculous, because the police may have saved Beverly’s life. She may have been alive at that time. The only person who can verify that is Lewis, and he’s not talking on that point. A stupid technicality prevents police from searching Lewis’ house?
Lewis was convicted in January, 2016 of first degree murder, or capital murder as Arkansas calls it, and first degree kidnapping. He got life without parole for the murder, and life for the kidnapping. He will die in prison
His wife/estranged wife Crystal Lowery pleaded guilty to conspiracy, etc., and received 30 years. She did testify for the prosecution against Lewis, clearing up some lies that Lewis told. One of those lies was that Beverly died accidentally. That had to be one of the dumbest proclamations ever.
I don’t know about my readers, but I’m tired of police having to walk on egg shells to build a case. Let them do what needs to be done, and when the case comes to trial, let the judge throw out what he deems inappropriate before the jury even hears a word.
If the person is innocent who is brought to trial, all the evidence the police gathered, and I mean all of it, should be presented to the judge. At that point the judge may rule there is insufficient evidence to convict that person, or he might even rule they have the wrong person, he is innocent.
If the police have the killer, put all evidence on the table, and let the prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge go at it before the jury is seated.
If one person’s life in the United States is saved because of these methods, it would have been well worth it.
In this case there was probable cause to search Lewis’s house. The police should not have even had to leave the premises to secure a warrant to search his house, because while they were gone for the search warrant, Lewis may have killed her, and taken her body away to Cabot, Arkansas, about 20 miles from Little Rock, where the body was found in a shallow grave.
Let the bleeding hearts march outside the courthouse. Maybe the state could bring a person whose life was saved via the methods I suggest, and let them learn a lesson from her or him.
An additional thing I would do for the prosecution is that all prior criminal convictions of the defendant would be allowed in as evidence. No ruling by the judge that it would prejudice the jury.
I am not totally pro-prosecution. Any guilty verdict would result in an automatic appeal to the appellate court, with no additional paperwork. Also an independent judge (possibly retired) would be appointed to review the court transcript. Either the appellate court or the independent judge could rule that the defendant should get a new trial.
I admit all of what I am suggesting breaks about a 100 laws currently on the books, but it would bring our archaic system into modern times.
If it didn’t work, we could always go back to the old system, where the defendant’s rights are prodigious, and the victim’s rights are few.