early, but that suited her just fine. Anxious to get started, she opened the
door and ran smack into her grandmother, Judge Jessica Roberts. “Gram,
what are you doing here?”
thought you weren’t supposed to be here until tomorrow.”
“I wasn’t, but I
couldn’t wait. Where’s Chief Landry?”
“That’s what I
want to know.” Gram looked at the officer leaning against his desk.
Before he had a
chance to answer, Chief Landry walked in. “Well now, what a surprise. Callie, I
didn’t expect you until tomorrow. You ready to go to work?”
what brings you here?”
“I know who did
it. I know who killed Jake.” Her grandmother never took her eyes off Officer
Sanders while she spoke. “And I know why. I know what Jake wanted to show me in
that alley.” Sanders squirmed while she talked.
“Look at his
hands, Jim.” Jessica nodded towards Sanders. “All swollen and scraped.
Were you in a fight recently, Sanders?”
nudged Callie. “I love when she gets like this. Watch and learn.” He went to
stand next to her grandmother and glanced down at Officer Sander’s hands
clenched in tight fists. “Answer the lady, Sanders.”
She killed him, and she’s trying to pin it on me.” Officer Sanders crossed his
arms over his chest and hid his hands beneath his elbows.
missing a button, too.” Jessica moved closer and pointed to his shirt just
above his belt. “Right about there, if I recall.”
“What the hell’s
going on here?” Sanders slumped down on the desk.
“I think Sanders
killed Jake to stop him from showing me evidence against him. That’s why Jake
wanted me to meet him in the alley. But Sanders got there before I did and
Officer Sanders looked between the Chief and Callie. “You can’t possibly
leaned against the desk and rubbed his chin. “Well, now can’t say as I don’t
believe her. The judge is pretty reliable. Got any other proof, Jess?”
button and those bruises. My guess you look close enough you’ll find Jake’s
blood on his uniform and a missing button. I noticed it just before he slapped
the cuffs on me. It’ll match the button
I gave you. Search his house. If he
hasn’t taken it to the cleaners yet, I’m sure you’ll find it. You’ll probably
find the other evidence, too. I’ll sign the warrant.”
was involved in drugs. I remember he said they sent her to a drug rehab. Jake
was bound and determined to find the source for the drugs. Not the kid who sold
them to her, but the one smuggling them into town. I think that was you.” Jess
stood toe to toe with Sanders.
wait to see what happened next.
Sanders, took his gun and badge and locked him in the cell. “Get me that
Callie?” Chief Landry said. “If you’re taking over, you may as well start now.”
Callie hugged her
grandmother and followed Jim. “Wouldn’t miss it for the world, Chief. I’m right
behind you. We’ll catch up later, Gram.”
An hour later
they came back, Sanders’s uniform in the chief’s hand.
“You were right,
Jess,” Chief Landry said. “There’s blood on it. Not a lot, but enough. We’ll
send this over to the lab and have it tested. If it’s Jake’s blood we got him
dead to right.”
Roberts stepped down from her bench. She didn’t like it, but she just recused
herself from this case. Besides, the DA wanted to call her as a witness.
Couldn’t very well do both. Only the luck of the draw that she drew the case
anyway. Nothing would have made Callie’s
grandmother happier than to pass sentence on dirty cops.
It sure didn’t
take Sanders long to talk once the DNA came back positive as being Jake’s
blood. Chief Landry arrested him, and he
sang like a canary. Besides him, three
others were involved in a drug ring. How
they got by with it in a town this small, Callie’d never know. Somehow they pulled
it off for the better part of a year.
Poor Jim was beside himself that something like that went on right under
his nose, in his town. Course it involved others from a town 25 miles away,
also. But the fact that one of his cops was involved just about killed him.
“Come on.” Jess
linked her arm through Chief Landry’s. “Let’s get some lunch before I have to
“You know, Jess,
if you hadn’t picked up that button and been so observant, we might not have
known who killed Jake.”
right. Can’t believe Sanders thought he could arrest me and get away with it.
Did he really think you’d believe him?”
where he made his second mistake.” Chief Landry squeezed Jessica’s arm and
winked at Callie. “Good thing I’m retiring. Time this town got some young
blood. You should be thinking about it, too, Jess. Time for us old folks to
step down and make room for the younguns.”
help but laugh. Her grandmother retire? That would be the day.