The following is another excerpt from my work in progress, The Throuple Private Eye—Business is Booming, a Jen McDowell Series. This is the second draft. I’m at 50k words now. If you want to catch up, order the novella The Throuple Private Eye—Hate Crimes, on Amazon ($2.99). The link is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084LTTHGN. Enjoy.
CHAPTER 12 (Cont.)
“Okay,” Molly said, hiding her disappointment. “That mean we’re looking for another woman who had the motive to kill Ken. Maybe the crime lab will get some DNA from it. We’ll wait and see.”
After Kiera left, Molly said to Jen, “Well, that was a big disappointment. Maybe she’s telling the truth. “By the way, Ken has his first court appearance tomorrow. Care to come with me. I’ve never been in court before. When the judge comes it, do we bow or genuflect?”
Jen laughed. “Do you know what’s going to happen?” Molly shook her head. “For this first appearance, they’ll bring Ken in with his lawyer. It’s rather routine. It’s usually a lower court. The judge will inform Ken of the charges and explain his rights. Normally, bail is set, but in this case I doubt there will be any bail or one that he can afford.”
Jen and Molly arrived at the courthouse early so they could get a front row seat near the defense table. Kiera arrive shortly later and sat next to Molly right behind the defense table. At the appointed time, two police guards arrived escorting Ken in shackles. Ken nodded at Kiera and sat down at the table. His lawyer sat next to him. A few minutes later, the court clerk and bailiff entered and remained standing. A minute later, the judge entered, and the bailiff announced, “All Rise. Court is now in session. Judge Paquet presiding.”
As everyone stood up, Kiera pulled out a knife and yelled, “You cheating bastard.” She then reached over the railing and stabbed Ken in the back. Ken yelled as the bailiff, and the guards rushed over. Kiera raised her knife to stab Ken again, but before she could, Molly grabbed her by the collar of her coat and pulled her back into her seat. Ken’s lawyer grabbed Kiera’s knife hand as the police guards subdued her. It was over in seconds. One of the guards lowered Ken face down onto the floor as the bailiff called 911. Kiera was taken out in handcuffs. Ken was taken to the ER along with his guards.
Later that afternoon, Jonah walked into Jen and Molly’s office. Molly immediately stood up. “I swear, Jonah,” she stammered. “I never meant for that to happen. I didn’t think for one second she’d try to kill Ken.”
Jonah laughed. “I have no idea what you’re talking about, so save it for your disposition.”
“What?” Molly asked. “What are you doing here?”
Jonah chuckled. “What a day huh? I came to tell you to come by the station tomorrow and give us a statement. You’re one of several witnesses. By the way, you saved Mr. Rice’s life when you pulled Kiera back. Congratulations.”
“I just reacted,” Molly said. “How is Ken Rice?”
“He’ll live. The knife puncture one lung but missed any other vital organs. Of course, we may have to reschedule his court appearances.”
“How did Kiera get a knife into the court room?” Jen asked. “They have metal detectors.”
“That’s the funny part,” Jonah answered. “It was a plastic knife. It’s a wonder it didn’t snap in two.”
“What about Kiera?” Jen asked.
“Oh, didn’t you hear?” asked Jonah. “She confessed. She took a plea bargain. The DA won’t charge her in Sandra Rice’s murder if she testifies against Ken. She will still face charges for attempted murder. She and Mr. Rice planned the murder of his wife for the insurance, so they could be together. We have him now. There’s no way he’ll get out of this. I expect he’ll confess too. Nice job Molly.”
After Jonah left, Jen turned to Molly. “Way to go. You first case and you managed to get your client arrested for attempted murder. Don’t expect to get paid.”
Molly started laughing and couldn’t stop. Every time she looked at Jen, she would start laughing all over again. This went on for fifteen minutes.