“Are you . . . are you suggesting murder?” I sputtered. To even say the word tasted bitter.
“Do you have any proof that my client killed Mr. Pidgeon . . . or even that this is a murder?” questioned Ms. Todd.
“I never uttered the word murder.” O’nan turned to Goetz. “Did you ever say this was a murder?”
“Nope. Just a friendly inquiry.”
Ms. Todd threw her legal pad into her briefcase and slapped it shut. “You guys are just on a fishing trip. Either tell us something concrete or we’re walking.” She stared at them.
They both returned scathing looks but were mum.
“Just as I thought,” she retorted. She abruptly stood, grabbing her briefcase and me, propelling us both toward the door. “Gentlemen, we are done here.”
Matt trotted after us along the scuffed yellow floor line pointing the way out of the building. It wasn’t until we were several blocks away from the police station that Ms. Todd turned her fury upon me. “You are not to have any contact with anyone in law enforcement. I mean it. You should have told me that you came to blows with Richard Pidgeon! I went in there blind. Didn’t I tell you not to play me?”
I wasn’t brought up with such a jaded attitude. Innocent people were . . . well, innocent. I wasn’t thinking clearly, but I did hear Ms. Todd say to Matt, “Take her home and make sure that she doesn’t talk to them again without me. I will make some calls. See what’s going on.”
And with that, Shaneika Mary Todd was gone.
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