Never tell your lawyer that you are guilty and that you actually did the crime. Keep him guessing, even if they have movies saying to deny it or your lawyer will not be able to fight for you in the same way spiritually, emotionally or factually. Do not expect him to approve of your crime. Keep him wondering and if you decide to attack his representation, at a later time, he will not be in a position to testify against you.
The confidential information that you share with your lawyer is privileged and cannot ethically be divulged unless the client, in a subsequent proceeding, attacks the manner in which the defense was conducted. After Myers had received a life term and his conviction had been upheld on appeal he challenged the way that I had conducted his defense, thereby releasing me from my obligation to keep all of our conversations secret, confidential and privileged. This account is a rare opportunity to examine the evidence accumulated by the State over a 2 year period and follow a defense attorney’s strategy and actions in a capital contract murder case. This is a detailed account of the client’s participation in the cold-blooded, premeditated murder of his wife and the client’s verbatim admissions that he was guilty as charged.
A long time ago, in a place called Carroll County, located 30 miles north of Baltimore, Maryland, on the East Coast of the U.S of A. Robert Myers, ”Bobby”, a successful accountant, fantasized about ending his 12 year marriage to Mary Ruth. He did not want to pay her any portion of the 1.5 million dollars estate that the couple had accumulated.
Periodically, usually while he was intoxicated, he would ask friends and patrons of the bars and restaurants he frequented, in Westminster, the County seat, if they knew anyone who would murder Mary Ruth. Most people, in this rural setting dismissed his inquiries as the result of the large quantity of alcohol, that Bobby was consuming daily.
Bobby met and then had 3 dates with “Tina”, a waitress, who had recently moved to Maryland. Tina suggested that an ex-boyfriend of hers, Dan Chadderton, would perform the murder for 10,000 dollars. Within a few weeks this blood money was paid and Mary Ruth was discovered dead shot 9 times inside the family abode.
The victim was shot to death in the bedroom of the well-appointed home situated on 21 acres of land nestled in the beautiful and serene horse farm country side.
Within 4 days of the murder and the funeral for Mary Ruth, Tina moved into the family house. She was willing to overlook the bedroom carpet which was matted with the previous occupant’s blood. Within the month ,Tina and Bobby flew to Bermuda and were married by a minister in a religious ceremony at St Andrews Church.
The newly-weds returned to the home in Carroll County and established their ‘love-nest’ there. For the next 2 years, they lived under intense police scrutiny until enough evidence could be accumulated to charge them with murder. Tina and Bobby had 2 children of their own and in the interim, Tina used the Myer’s money to purchase expensive jewelry, clothes including mink and fox coats and a new B.M.W.
Eventually, 2 years later, the State Police in co-ordination with the local State’s Attorney’s Office, had accumulated enough evidence through the use of bugging devices, wiretaps and carefully recorded witness statements, to bring indictments against, Bobby ,Tina and Chadderton.
The prosecutors insisted that justice required that all 3 defendants should be executed and so there was no possibility of any guilty pleas.
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