Thanks, Super Sleuths for chiming in with all of your best guesses on yesterday’s Super Sleuth Challenge.
Let’s look at what really happened in this case.
Alfred Flores was playing pool with a friend. He started bragging about being with the victim’s girlfriend. Just like many times when people start talking smack about someone else, they get in over their heads.
The dispute escalated during a ride across town. Flores asked a third party in the car for his gun and allegedly used it to shoot the victim.
Another witness alleges that money and drugs were stolen after the crime.
The body was dumped in the park and Flores spit out his chewing gum next to the victim. He went home and changed his clothes before torching the old ones with the car along a highway.
Which of the following evidence implicated the killer:
*A cigarette butt left at the scene of the crime that was matched to a DNA sample of the suspect.
*A bullet casing with a fingerprint on it that matched the bullets in the suspect’s house.
*A piece of gum that the crime lab matched to DNA samples of the suspect.
*Spit on the ground near the victim that allowed a sample to be tested against the suspect’s saliva.
Instead of being charged with first degree murder and standing trial, Flores plead guilty to 2nd degree murder and was sentenced to thirty years in jail. To read more about this story click here.
Plea bargains are all the rage these days. Sometimes they help prosecutors incarcerate criminals for a shorter period of time because they believe that their case may not hold up in court, or for information on another criminal.