A Mother's Anguish, No Justice For All
Injustice: violation of another's right or what is right, lack of Justice
Justice: The principle of moral rightness; equity.
A Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude
Anguish: Agonizing physical or mental pain; torment
I didn't get a phone call. I watched it on the news. My childhood friend and daughter of my God-Mother was murdered. I was aghast, stunned, in shock and immediately called my mother. It was her, no mistake about it. Her picture staring at me from the TV screen showed a different look in her eyes. She looked happy for it was a picture from years before but gloom lingered the image with so many unanswered questions. Why? What? I was immediately in denial, this wasn't our Jane. The women they described had been raped, beat, hit with blunt force truama, then set on fire. This wasn't Jane there had to be an explantion.
Jane and I had been friends since childhood. Of Course we went our separate ways due to college, marriage, etc. As we got older Jane became troubled. ( Which I use as a substitute for street drugs) She had a child in her early thirties and she was my nieces best friend. Just the way mom and her mother planned it. Two best friends with grandchildren that were best friends.
As so many do when they discover crack cocaine, their life starts to unwind, one strand of hope at the time. Eventually Jane became to the point that she could no longer care for her daughter so her mother took custody. Jane's mother, out of desperation made her move out of her home and get a job and try to better her life. That's when Jane moved into Public Housing, or around here The Projects. She was a minority but did not feel out of place. Everyone was nice and she had great neighbors. The downside was being exposed to more drugs. Drug dealers tend to prey on the down and out, poor or ex-drug users. Eventually she gave in.
Jane met a "big-time" drug dealer in her neighborhood who lived in a larger town about thirty minutes away. Jane began to date him and her drug use escalated. She always turned to him when she needed more. He was killing her. Little did she know he would kill her.
Clipping from Local Paper Online
On Saturday morning around 8 a.m., the Police Department received a fire call located at 111 Marcellus street (McIntosh Apartments). After the Fire Department personnel arrived to extinguish the fire, they found the body of inside. It appeared that suffered injuries to the head area. According to the Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill, the cause of death appears to be from blunt force trauma.
On the night of Jane's murder the nieghbors adjacent to her smelled smoke and immediately called 911 and luckily there was a sub-station less than a mile away. There was not any fire damage, just smoke. When the Fireman went into Jane's apartment they found her lifeless face down, tied to her bed. She had suffered 3rd degree burms on her entire body and her hair was gone and her clothes were burned to her body. The fire didn't turn out the way he had expected. According to evidence, when he climbed out the back window a draft blew the fire in the other direction.
The Police were already at the scene for it is normal for them to go to fire calls. The SBI was called in immediately. The autopsy confirmed cause of death as being "Blunt Force Trauma", She had been beaten so much it was hard to tell what blow actually caused her death. Due to trauma to her pelvic bone and DNA raped was also established.
It took almost a year but he was captured. He lawyered up plead guilty, had the rape charge dismissed becuase he said it was consentual. His lawyer took the the prosecution a deal that was either very appealing or scared him to death. He agreed to a speedy trial. No Jury. last Week the Judge handed down his sentence. 12 to 15 years with 3 years of time served, which is 12 years. 12 years to lift weights, play basketball, eat three meals a day for raping, oh no he didn't rape her. The cause of the Pelvic Fracture was just rough sex, he said. No witness, just his word. so, 12 years for tying her up, beating her to death then setting her on fire. All for the 200.00 she owed him for crack. 12 years. With time off for good behavior and crowded prisons it could be 7-9. What a wonderful country we live in, and Justice For All.