Where is Thelma? Part Two
“I’m telling you, I didn’t do it.” Anthony slapped the table hard startling Thelma. The guard stood up abruptly and said in a loud, calm voice, “One more and you go back to your cell.” There wasn’t much time before they’d make Thelma leave as it was. She needed to get the details from that day. “I know, I know,” she stretched her hand out across the wide table not letting their hands touch. Thelma was aware of the rules. “Tell me again, where were you?” Anthony sighed and put his head in his hands. “I’ve told it so many times I’m not even sure anymore. Okay, okay, I was at the law library on the 4th floor working on an appeal for the mock trial you’re supposed to be helping me with and is scheduled for today.” His eyes welled up and he sniffed hard, biting his lip to stop any signs of emotion. The Cook County lockup was not a good place to show the soft underbelly of anything. “I didn’t see anyone but a couple of students or at least they looked like students and I didn’t know them, couldn’t tell you who they were.”
“It’s okay, that’s a start,” said Thelma. “They exist and they’re your alibi.”
“Have you talked to those two old ladies yet? The eyewitnesses? They didn’t see me,” he said, pounding his chest with the flat of his hand, pleading his case. “I didn’t shoot that cop,” he whispered to her, leaning over the table.
“Then why did you lie about knowing him,” she said, measuring out her words. In the year they’d been seeing each other she had never known him to lie or even omit something to get his way. “What were you thinking?”
“I panicked because of all the people in the world it had to be him, Brian Cooley. The only guy who knew about my sealed juvenile record. If that ever got out my career as a lawyer could be over before it started. Yes, I get the irony. It looks like my motive. What did your brother say?”
“Douglas and Anna send their love. He’s gotten Charlie to agree to put up the shoe store for bail if we can even get you bail. Is there some reason anyone else would have known about your record and implicated you for the shooting? It’s curious that Brian is dead and yet the detectives knew right away to go looking for you and put you in that lineup,” said Thelma. Anthony let out a deep sigh and hesitated a moment, looking over at the guard near the door. “There was one other person who knew about my carjacking days when I was 15 because he was there with me but I don’t know why he’d suddenly single me out,” whispered Anthony, nervously glancing back at the guard.
“Who was it? If you want me to help you, I need to know.”
“Another cop, Johnny Spaulding. He works in Internal Affairs.” Thelma knew who he was and was a little surprised to hear his name. “Don’t go near him, Thelma. If he’s involved he’s already gone way too far.”
“That’s just not going to be possible,” said Thelma.