If you are a frequent reader of my blogs (which I highly doubt you are) you will know that my law partner and mentor, Merrida Coxwell (nee "Buddy") is always urging me to blog about the cases I am fortunate enough to win. His theory is that people will see that we help people and more people will want to come and see us at Coxwell & Associates. Now this is a sound theory. What better way to market your skills than to let prospective clients know about your victories? Now Merrida is a marketing guru and he is the firm's Rainmaker. (For what it's worth, "The Rainmaker" was the best movie adaptation of all of John Grisham's books. If you haven't seen it I strongly suggest you watch it. But I digress.) My problem is I view posting such things as "bragging" and for all of my many shortcomings, I hate to brag. However, I do recognize that the legal field is a service industry and we have to let the public know what we do. So with that being said please allow me to tell you about one of my recent cases.
I had a client, we'll call him "Bobby" in order to protect his name. Bobby is a fine young man who is an artist at painting cars. You can see his artwork displayed all over Jackson. Well, Bobby found himself in a pickle and one of my former clients suggested that he come see me.
Bobby had just been arrested for murder. The facts showed that Bobby was going over to an apartment to get his hair cut. However, when he stepped into the apartment he was ambushed by several other men. It was a classic setup. Bobbyy was shot in the stomach during the fight. One of the other men who had been waiting to jump him was killed. Bobby was able to escape from the apartment and run down the street. Two men chased after him and fired at him and with automatic weapons. Bobby's friend came out to help him and was shot and killed. Before Bobby passed out, he was able to call 911 and report the incident. Bobby was taken to the hospital where the doctors worked frantically to save his life. They were not able to take the bullet out however.
Jackson Police detectives did a really good job of investigating the scene. They secured all the shells and projectiles and found one handgun left on scene. One detective wisely swabbed this weapon for possible DNA which came into play later. The witnesses who were interviewed gave inconsistent versions of what transpired; some flat out lied. The witnesses all stated that Bobby had been the aggressor and that he killed their friend.
Once Bobby was indicted I was able to obtain the police reports and the 911 call. Right away you could tell that the physical evidence did not match up with what the witnesses were saying. Bobby submitted to a DNA analysis and his DNA was not on the weapon which was found at the crime scene. The weapon was the one which was used to shoot Bobby. Further, the physical evidence showed that Bobby was shot at over 20 times by the men who were in the apartment.
The Hinds County District Attorney's office was also skeptical. They took a very hard look at the evidence as well and concluded that Bobby was actually a victim. Two of the men in the apartment were indicted for aggravated assault and the murder of Bobby's friend. The eyewitnesses recanted their statements. Bobby's charges were eventually dismissed.
Bobby's case was a classic example of being betrayed by people he thought were his friends. It's a good thing that Bobby was fortunate enough to have good lawyers working for him and also that the prosecutors kept an open mind.