“The women’s testimony was considered so important, FDLE asked the Secret Service to give them lie-detector tests. Both passed.” – Frontline Narrator
A Death in St. Augustine is a great crime documentary that tries to uncover some questions regarding the death of Michelle O’Connell and whether her boyfriend, Deputy Jeremy Banks, had any involvement in it. Watching you can see that Frontline does its best in trying to piece together some holes in the case and you”ll notice that alot of things just don’t seem to add up. And boy the twist plot at the end… you would have thought it came straight out of a Hollywood script.
Here’s my take on it. I am absolutely appalled at by the hazardous investigation this sorry bunch of uniformed individuals (I reserve the word officers for those who deserve it) had orchestrated. This investigation was handled so poorly, you’d think it was the OJ trials all over again. Just listen to the 911 call and the strange change in tone, changed from hysterical-distraught, to emotionally sober, angry, and finally demanding. Now maybe that doesn’t make you suspicious but wait for it. When FDLE local prosecutor, R.J Larizza asks to be recused, after telling the family he would like to investigate further…. well if that just doesn’t burn your biscuits, I don’t know what will.
Now the biggest thing I take from this is that domestic abuse still happens, and the unfortunate thing is that it usually ends terribly. What pains me is that Miss O’Connell really had no where to turn. The interview with Ms. Dottie Davis does indeed paint a chilling outlook on the fears Miss O’Connel may have had.
“In my 32 years in law enforcement, I can probably count on these fingers the number of agencies that have actually held officers accountable and terminated their employment. It is very rare that you see an officer even prosecuted because most prosecutors don’t want to file criminal charges against an officer because they need them for their cases…And in today’s technology, a victim calls 911, well, guess what? Their statement’s right on the screen for every fellow officer and every friend of that officer to read, and to make a call and let him know what she just told the dispatcher and that people are responding.”
How effectively does law enforcement investigate cases involving its own officers? By all accounts it is very evident that the Sheriff has a powerful influence in the community, but what happens when its corrupt? Where does one turn?
“I’ve never stood up in the past and claimed to be right 100 percent of the time. In fact, I’m right maybe 60 percent, if I’m lucky. But on this issue, I’m right. And by me standing up here and having this conversation with you, I’m doing what I can to take care of him. And I’m going to ask that Jeremy and Scott stand up. Would you two stand up? Let’s give these two guys a hand.” Sheriff David Shoar (aka imbecile)