A criminal trial is much like a boxing match. A number of rounds, starting with jury selection and ending with a impassioned summation and in the end someone is the victor and the other the vanquished.
Along the way the referee calls fair and foul and keeps things orderly but when your fighter is up against the ropes it's never a good sign, even less so if your fighter (the ADA) is tangled up in the ropes before she even enters the ring.
What should have been a one hit and down he goes death penalty case suddenly has all the markings of an acquittal.
How did this happen? Who is at fault? Are the misdeeds of Officer Fant a pattern of mismanagement at CMPD?
Jeff Taylor takes a look at who is a fault over at The Meck Deck where he asks "Do We Owe Peter Gilchrist an Apology?" his post is here.
Is there any doubt that Demetrius Montgomery killed CMPD officers Shelton and Clark? No!
But I'm not on the jury where the answer could be maybe not. So if the other shoe drops it would be wise to plead this case before it becomes Charlotte's version of the OJ Simpson trial.
The question up now is will Judge Bridges allow the introduction of the another possible killer?
Montgomery's attorneys say a Mecklenburg jail inmate told police that a man named Octavious Elmore confessed to the murder of CMPD officers Clark and Shelton. The inmate also claimed he saw Elmore near the crime scene that night, the attorneys said.
Montgomery and Elmore
The person who apparently interviewed Elmore? Officer Fant.
Cedar Posts Bonus:
When Montgomery was arrested there was considerable debate as to his guilt 300 plus comments some predictable others over the top, but there is also a shocking number who say CMPD has the wrong man. Read the comments for yourself here.
The Counter Point offered back in 2007 by Rusty's Conservative Soap Box is here and the extreme New Nation here.