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00:01:15We talked on the CB.
00:01:17d me to their friends, you know, and I mean, it was nice way to enjoy the summer.
00:01:25>> KURTIS: But something else is going on, something strange.
00:01:29The mechanic seems to be playing match maker for his own wife.
00:01:33>> He did everything to push Marlene and I together.
00:01:37At one point, the man even said, you know, it was hot, Marlene was in bed sleeping, you know, "Don't go to your camper, you know, go back there and sleep with her." >> KURTIS: And so Glenn St.
00:01:49Hilaire obliges and begins sleeping with Bill Major's wife.
00:01:54On the night of October 10, 1980, three's company becomes three's a crowd.
00:02:00A bitter quarrel breaks out between Bill and Marlene, and Glenn heads to the local diner to cool off.
00:02:07>> Around 12:00 that night, I went back to the trailer.
00:02:11And when I was back at the trailer, I... the drawers were open; the kids' clothes were gone.
00:02:18Nobody was in the trailer.
00:02:19The lights were on.
00:02:21Bill came in at that time, and I asked him where Marlene was, and he flat out said, "Well, I wish to hell I knew." >> KURTIS: Bill tells Glenn that Marlene took the kids and left.
00:02:32Two days later, Glenn finds out that Bill is lying.
00:02:36>> Well, I found out that he had took the kids over to somebody else's house and had them watching the kids and that it was him that emptied the drawers and took the clothes with the kids.
00:02:48That's when I knew there had to be something, because Marlene would never, never leave the kids.
00:02:53>> KURTIS: Glenn St. Hilaire smells a rat.
00:02:56He takes his concerns to the local police.
00:03:05On October 13, 1980, detective Bruce Graham picks up an unusual missing-persons case.
00:03:11A woman's disappearance is reported not by her husband, but by her boyfriend.
00:03:17>> He says, "I know Bill did something to her." In his opinion, Bill had killed her.
00:03:22He knew that Marlene loved those two kids and there was no way in the world she would have left and not taken the kids with her.
00:03:29>> KURTIS: The worried boyfriend backs up his concerns with an intriguing piece of evidence: Marlene Major's diaries.
00:03:37>> He told me that Marlene told him if that if anything ever happens to her that he should turn these diaries over to the police.
00:03:45>> KURTIS: on the pages of Marlene Major's diaries, detective Graham discovers a possible motive for murder.
00:03:51It seems Marlene had learned about a secret her husband kept hidden from the a 1975 conviction for molesting two boys in a neighboring county.
00:04:01Graham reads further and discovers that Bill Major might have even brought his crimes home.
00:04:06>> What was in there was some indications that Marlene caught Bill a couple times with their son, Donald, in the bedroom.
00:04:19>> KURTIS: Detective Graham needs more insight into the Majors' family life.
00:04:24He turns to Marlene's sister, Tricia Combs.
00:04:27On the day of her disappearance, Marlene told Tricia of her plans to take e children and leave her husband.
00:04:34>> I said, "Marlene, you know how possessive he is.
00:04:37If you try to leave him and take the kids, he probably will drag you into court." And she said, "No, he won't." And I said, "How can you say that?" And she said, "Well, I have something on him." And I said, "Well, what'd he do, murder somebody?" And she started crying, and she said, "No, it's worse-- worse than that." >> KURTIS: The alleged sexual abuse of the Major children also explains Bill Major's strange behavior, why he didn't seem to care that his wife had a rien As long as the family stayed together, Major would have his children available to him.
00:05:14>> He knew Marlene had been talking and thinking about getting a divorce and leaving him, which meant the kids would go, and I think he thought as long as he could keep Glenn and Marlene happy together, the less likely she was going to take off.
00:05:29>> KURTIS: Four days after Marlene's disappearance, suspicions swirl around Bill Major and detective Graham is knocking at the suspect's door.
00:05:38>> I confronted him.
00:05:39I said, "Bill, we can clear all this up." I said, "Honestly, there's some suspicion in my mind that you might have done something to Marlene." I said, "And Glenn has the same feeling." I said, "If you'll take a polygraph test, it will help me and you out.
00:05:54You know, you pass a polygraph, and I'll be looking someplace else." >> KURTIS: Major refuses to take a polygraph.
00:06:03He sells his belongings, packs up his kids, and takes off for Rhode Island.
00:06:09Police comb his abandoned trailer looking for clues.
00:06:13>> We're able to search the immediate area within, you know, days of this happening and couldn't find any indication of any foul play, blood, or anything.
00:06:25>> KURTIS: Despite his suspicions, Detective Graham has absolutely no proof of foul play, and his best piece of evidence is simply not strong enough to make a case for murder.
00:06:36>> Legally we had all kinds of problems with trying to make a case out of the vaguenes diaries.
00:06:42She didn't get specific on what she saw him do, so there wasn't a whole lot we could do with that at that time.
00:06:52>> KURTIS: With nobody and no hard evidence, Detective Graham has no case.
00:06:57The disappearance of M Major goes cold, and the prime suspect goes home to Rhode Island, where he may be safe from the law, but he cannot escape the wrath of his own father.
00:07:11>> The no good son of a I'd hang him myself if I could >> KURTIS: Marlene Major disappeared in October of 1980.
00:09:33Shortly thereafter, her husband Bill sold his belongings, packed up the kids, and moved away.
00:09:40The town of Verona has not forgotten Marlene, nor ceased suspecting her husband of murder.
00:09:47But the rhythms of country life march on.
00:09:50Come the following fall, a hunter is flushing out rabbits from the brush when he sees a flash of white.
00:09:56Moving in for a closer look, he discovers the top of a human skull.
00:10:02>> Unfortunately, the skull that was found was missing both the upper and lower jaw area.
00:10:11There was no teeth.
00:10:12>> KURTIS: The skull is that of a white female in his mid 20s.
00:10:16Detective Graham believes it's Marlene Major, but in the days before DNA, dental records are the only way to make a positive Id.
00:10:24In this case, no teeth means no Marlene.
00:10:28>> At this point I'm thinking, "If we've got the skull, the rest of her has to be somewhere." >> KURTIS: Not far from wherethe skull was found there is a small lake-- a good place, perhaps, to dump a body.
00:10:43>> So we got the water rescue people out, the divers, and they did a very intense search and came up with nothing.
00:10:51>> KURTIS: Police continue the search in neighboring lakes and portions of the rugged Kentucky countryside, but come up empty handed, and the case once again goes cold.
00:11:00>> I'm thinking, "Well, Bill pulled off the perfect crime, and we're not going to find anything." You know, it's not that I gave up; I never gave up.
00:11:10You're always hoping something will pop up.
00:11:12But up to this point, things were looking pretty bleak for us.
00:11:22>> KURTIS: LaLana Bramble was four years old when her mother disappeared.
00:11:26She and her older brother, Donald, fell into the care of her father, Bill Major, a part- time mechanic and full-time child molester.
00:11:35>> He would work on Saturdays, and he would have the habit of taking either Donald or me with him.
00:11:41And a lot of times the abuse would a occur at the place he worked at.
00:11:45Later on, he got one of those little campers that you put in the back of a truck, and he used that.
00:11:51>> KURTIS: In 1982, Bill Major remarries.
00:11:53LaLana eventually tells her stepmother about the abuse, and her stepmom decides to intervene.
00:12:00>> He told her.
00:12:00He said, "I know I'm sick, and I know I have a problem, and I won't do it anymore, and you know, "I'm so sorry." And two or three days after that, she was gone somewhere, and Donald was off with his friends, and I was outside in front of trailer playing in the yard, and he grabbed me by the back of the hair, and he threw me in the trailer.
00:12:22And he took a gun, and he shoved it in my face, and he told me that if I did not learn to keep my mouth shut, he would blow my head off.
00:12:31>> KURTIS: LaLana learns to keep her mouth shut.
00:12:33For three more years, she and her brother suffer the abuse in silence.
00:12:38>> And his threats to keep me and my brother in line was, "If you don't do what I tell you to, I'll kill your brother." And he would turn around and tell my brother, "If you don't do what I tell you to, I'll kill your sister." So he used our feelings for each other, our love for one another against us.
00:12:58>> KURTIS: Then one day the nightmare ends.
00:13:0013-year-old Donald Major is fed up, and his stepmother is on the phone to police.
00:13:08>> Donald said to me, he said, "It's over." He said, "He's not going to hurt us anymore." And I said, "What are you talking about?" He said, "I told Pauline, and she called the cops, and they're going to arrest him." My first reaction was, "We're both dead." >> KURTIS: At a little after 7:00 PM on August 10, 1985, Bill Major's life changes.
00:13:33He looks out the kitchen window and sees a pair of police squad cars in the driveway.
00:13:38>> They came in the house and cuffed him right there, and me and Donald were peeking around the corner, and I can remember watching them put the handcuffs on them, and he turned around, and he looked down that hallway at us, and I was just, like, "We're dead." I'm, like, "If they don't keep him, we're dead." >>URTIS: But they do keep him locked up in a Rhode Island prison for 11 years after a conviction for sexually abusing his own children.
00:14:08The good news is that Bill Major is off the streets.
00:14:10The bad news: He will someday be released.
00:16:4911 years after he went to jail on child-molestation charges, Bill Major's time behind bars is almost done.
00:16:56It's a fact that has not escaped the attention of cold-case detectives in Kentucky.
00:17:01They still believe Major killed his wife Marlene, but can't provit.
00:17:05Instead, they hope to stitch together a second molestation case in Kentucky, one that will keep Major in prison and away from children.
00:17:14In the diaries of Marlene Major, cold-case detectives find indications that Bill Major had molested his son, Donald, while living in Kentucky.
00:17:24Now 24 years old, Donald is approached by cold-case detectives and confirms the abuse.
00:17:30Investigators also uncover the names of two additional boys, now men, who describe in detail how Bill Major stole their innocence.
00:17:37>> I believed everything they told me.
00:17:41When you do a child-abuse investigation, especially with somebody who's young at the time that they're molested, you want to get... it may sound bad, but you want to ask them what the sensation was because it's hard for a person who is not a victim of child abuse to come up with the sensations of molestation.
00:17:58>> KURTIS: Armed with the statements of more pedophile victims, detective Vannarsdale swears out a warrant for the arrest of Bill Major.
00:18:06Upon his release from Rhode Island state prison, Major is extradited to Kentucky and thrown in Boone County Jail.
00:18:14With nowhere else to turn, he drops a coin into a phone and dials the number of his own father.
00:18:21(phone ringing) >> Hello?
00:18:25He called me up, and he said, "Dad, I got to talk to you." I said, "Yeah, what's the problem?" He says, "Well," he says, "I killed Marlene." I said, "You what?" He says, "I killed Marlene." I said, "You little >> KURTIS: Long suspected but never charged in the disappearance of his wife Marlene, Bill Major appears to be suffering a sudden attack of conscience.
00:18:57Over the phone, he provides his father with details of the murder, now almost 16 years cold.
00:19:03>> And he says, "She decided she was going to leave.
00:19:09So she's sitting in her car." He says, "She pulled a gun on me." He says, "I took it off her." He says, "So I got mad, emptied the gun into her, and didn't know it was empty until it started going click on the empty chambers." Then he picked her body up, threw her in the back seat, and drove over to Florence and carried her up into the woods and dumped her in a sink hole.
00:19:42>> KURTIS: Major goes on to tell his father that once he disposed of the body, he drove Marlene's car into the Ohio River.
00:19:50>> I said, "Where the hell are you calling from?" He said, "I'm calling from my cell." I said to him, "Hey, don't you realize, jac probably got a tape on that...
00:20:05a tap on that phone?" "(bleep) me," he says.
00:20:10>> KURTIS: In fact, the prison call was not recorded.
00:20:14When Boone County authorities learn about Bill's alleged confession, they have no choice but to treat it as hearsay and thus not usable against Major.
00:20:24Meanwhile, the pending molestation charges against Bill Major are dropped when a Kentucky grand jury finds insufficient evidence to pursue the case.
00:20:34After more than 11 years in stir, the convicted pedophile is back on the streets, and the case of his wife's disappearance is colder than ever-- that is, until cold-case detectives get father and son back on the line for another friendly chat.
00:20:50>> I says, "You've been nothing but trouble from t >> KURTIS: Marlene Major disappeared in 1980.
00:23:13One year later, a jawless, toothless skull fragment was found in the woods not far from her home.
00:23:20Local police have always suspected Marlene's husband, Bill Major, of doing away with his wife, but in the days before DNA, the toothless skull could not be positively identified.
00:23:32Without Marlene's body or any other proof of foul play, the case has languished for the better part of two decades.
00:23:40>> It's a cold case.
00:23:41It's as cold as it gets.
00:23:43>> KURTIS: LaLana Bramble was four years old when her mother, Marlene, disappeared.
00:23:47>> My dad basically told us that she was a drug-addict, alcoholic prostitute, you know, who just really didn't care about us and that she had run off with another man.
00:23:57>> KURTIS: After a childhood of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, Bill Major, LaLana grew to distrust his tales about Marlene and eventually began to suspect him of murder.
00:24:08As an adult, she confronted him.
00:24:12>> You know, "Just tell me what you did with your body so we can bury her, and I'll leave you alone." I said, "I won't force the issue, won't try to get you prosecuted.
00:24:18You know, you can just lead your merry little life." And he laughed at me, and his specific words to me were, "If you think I'm going to tell you where your mother's body is, you're crazy." So at that point I told him, I said, "Okay, fine, it's on." >> KURTIS: In the winter of 00, LaLana begins sewing the seeds of her discontent in the Boone County courthouse.
00:24:45Her pleas take root in the office of the newly elected prosecutor, Linda Tally Smith.
00:24:51>> I have a passion for trying to close cases, and this is one of those perfect cases where you feel like you have to commit everything that you possailable to you so that you can tell this family we've done-- we have done everything that we could possibly do.
00:25:06>> KURTIS: Smith calls upon Special Investigator Todd Kenner.
00:25:09His first task, transform Marlene Major from missing to dead.
00:25:14>> Of course, the first thing, one of the most important things was doing the DNA identification of the skull.
00:25:19So we contacted the daughter so she could do a swab.
00:25:22>> KURTIS: Using the process mitochondrial DNA, samples from the skull fragment are compared to those from LaLana Bramble.
00:25:29The results indicate that the two samples are maternally linked.
00:25:34In othl must belong to Marlene Major.
00:25:38>> And that's the information we needed, and of course my next step was I contacted the family and said, "It is Marlene, positively." >> KURTIS: After 20 years, the whereabouts of Marlene Major is no longer a mystery.
00:25:51The case is then handed to forensic anthropologist Emily Craig, who examines the skull and transforms Marlene Major from dead to murdered.
00:26:00>> There was a gunshot wound to the head.
00:26:05The exit wound was right here in the top of the skull.
00:26:09>> KURTIS: In addition to the gunshot wound, Dr. Craig finds evidence of attempted decapitation.
00:26:15>> There were cuts here, here, here, here, here, straight across in a line.
00:26:23>> KURTIS: Using a thick-bladed cutting instrument such as an ax, the killer attempted and probably succeeded in decapitating Marlene Major.
00:26:31Then he turned his blade to her jaw.
00:26:35>> There were striations right through here that indicated to me that there was a deliberate attempt to remove those ligaments or sever those ligaments with a knife.
00:26:47Because as soon as you get through those ligaments, all the way around the joint, then the jaw will come off.
00:26:55>> KURTIS: A killer who shot Marlene Major, then decapitated her and removed her jaw to obscure her identity.
00:27:02One by one, the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place, forming, as they do, an image of Bill Major.
00:27:09Now the state looks to Major's own words to make the picture complete.
00:27:14>> One philosophy that I've always had is that you need a statement from a defendant.
00:27:19I don't care if it's a denial, if it's a "Go to it's a complete confession-- just anything that nails them into their version of what took place.
00:27:30>> KURTIS: In 1996, Major allegedly confessed to the crime during a phone conversation with his father.
00:27:37>> He says, "I killed Marlene." I said, "You little >> Obviously that statement is a great statement, but there was a lot of animosity between Jim Major and Bill Major, and so, you know, the credibility of that type of witness is automatically suspect.
00:27:56>> KURTIS: The alleged confession was never recorded.
00:27:59Now cold-case detectives hope to get a second admission on tape.
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00:30:51Investigators Todd Kenner and Tim Carnahan travel to the home of Jim Major in the spring of 2000.
00:30:58Major agrees to a wiretap on his phone as he calls his son Bill and discusses the details of an alleged murder confession made four years earlier.
00:31:17>> Basically I asked him what we were after was, one, to confirm that the conversation did take place in '96 and to get what details he could out of him.
00:31:26>> "Bill," I says, "I'm calling you up; I want to know something." He said, "What's that?" I said, "Why won't you tell me where you buried Marlene?" >> Immediately, you know, there was, what I recall, a pause on the phone.
00:31:57>> There was no denial there.
00:31:58He's basically saying, "If I tell the truth, I'm going to jail." >> He's confirmed the conversation took place.
00:32:28He's confirming that he did this horrible.
00:32:51>> That's when the cop says, "We got him.
00:32:55We got him." >> KURTIS: The conversation between father and son provides cold-case detectives with the one element they have been missing.
00:33:04>> If it's recorded, it's evidence.
00:33:06>> KURTIS: The suspect's own voice confirming what they have long suspected.
00:33:10Bill Major killed his wife Marlene almost 20 years ago.
00:33:37>> KURTIS: Not long after, Bill Major hangs up the phone with his dad he is arrested and charged with murder in the first degree.
00:33:48At trial, a mountain of physical and circumstantial evidence together with the defendant's own voice cast a long shadow over Bill Major.
00:33:57It takes the jury less than one hour to find him guilty of murdering his wife and then dismembering her body to obscure her identity.
00:34:06>> To sit down and think about how he would have manipulated her, had to pull her teeth out and to remove her lower jaw reminds you of horror movies that you watch on TV.
00:34:17And to think of her looking...
00:34:19her eyes looking up at him as he's pulling her teeth out-- that's a person without any feelings.
00:34:25>> KURTIS: Bill Major is sentenced to life in a Kentucky prison.
00:34:29For some, the sentence is too light.
00:34:32>> The no good son of a I'd hang him myself if I could get my hands on him.
00:34:39Any guy that will kill a woman, then rape her daughter, try to make a deserves to be hung.
00:34:56He don't deserve to breathe the air-- not in my book.
00:35:02>> KURTIS: For Bill and Marlene's daughter, LaLana, the verdict brings some relief, some comfort to soothe the painful memories of a family torn apart by the sins of a father.
00:35:14>> I've always felt a certain amount of guilt over her death because in my mind-- and I know my brother feels the same way-- she died to protect us, trying to protect us from him.
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00:39:17>> Martin said he saw Tim pull out a handgu >> This case seemed like a complicated puzzle.
00:39:30>> He heard one shot.
00:39:32>> He told me that he went in there and robbed him and shot him.
00:39:45>> KURTIS: Dawn, and the cold light steals over San Jose's east side, revealing a new day and fresh crime.
00:39:53Outside a gas station, an attendant lies in a doorway, bleeding hard from the chest, the cash register empty.
00:40:02By the time San Jose detectives arrive, robbery has ripened into murder.
00:40:08>> I observed a subject covered with one of our yellow blankets, the deceased, near the office of the gas station, moved in closer and started looking at the situation.
00:40:20It appeared that it might have been a robbery that had gone bad.
00:40:23We based that on there was a cash tray; the plastic cash tray was upside down on the floor.
00:40:30>> KURTIS: The victim is 21- year-old Steven Paul, a new attendant in his first night on the job.
00:40:36The body is sent to forensic pathologist Richard Mason.
00:40:40>> The dissection was done, and it showed that the bullet had actually perforated his right front chest wall, had gone down through his heart and through the aorta.
00:40:52>> KURTIS: Dr. Mason retrieves the fatal shot: a small but lethal .22-caliber slug.
00:40:58>> They're pretty innocuous looking.
00:41:00They pretty tiny, but they make holes in things, and if they make holes in vital organs, that's it.
00:41:07And after he was struck by that bullet, was essentially all over, you know?
00:41:11He had less than a minute to live.
00:41:13>> KURTIS: San Jose detective Hank Schriefer picks up the case.
00:41:17With no suspects at hand, Schriefer pins his hopes on a second attendant who was on duty at the time of the murder.
00:41:25>> There was a coworker that was training the victim, and he was very evasive.
00:41:32He told a couple different stories of why he wasn't there, which drew our attention to him.
00:41:39>> KURTIS: The coworker was sleeping in the victim's car when the shooting went down and claims to know nothing of the shooting.
00:41:46>> Because of him being evasive and the way of the circumstances, certainly he was a suspect, or we did look at him very carefully.
00:41:53We just couldn't put our hands on anything.
00:41:57>> KURTIS: Meager leads come and go.
00:41:59San Jose police are compelled to move on to fresh homicide, and the case slowly goes cold.
00:42:06>> I was really upset.
00:42:07He was... appeared to be a pretty squared-away kid.
00:42:12His father had tried talking him out of going to work.
00:42:15It was his first night on the job.
00:42:17The person that was supposed to be training him wasn't out there where he should have been, probably would have prevented it.
00:42:25It was just very sad.
00:42:33>> KURTIS: Main jail, inmate number 243957, one Martin Mendoza, awaiting trial on a charge of narcotics possession.
00:42:44With one strike already against him, Mendoza is staring down four more years in the state pen if convicted.
00:42:51Hungry to cut a deal, the inmate begins talking about a long- forgotten murder in San Jose.
00:42:58>> We were notified by the Fresno County Sheriff's Department that they had a subject in custody down there that that had information regarding a homicide case that occurred here in 1980.
00:43:09>> We had some details that this inmate provided, so we researched that.
00:43:16We found a case that matched.
00:43:18>> KURTIS: Detectives Gilbert Vizzusi and David Knopf are cold-case detectives.
00:43:22They match Mendoza's story to case file 800948051, the unsolved murder of Steven Paul.
00:43:30After getting up to speed on the file, the detectives hit the road to Fresno for a sit-down withendoza.
00:43:37>> He told us back in 1980 he had been living in San Jose and a friend of his from Paso Robles came up to visit him.
00:43:46>> KURTIS: The friend from Paso Robles is Tim Fletcher, a drifter and a thief on the run after some trouble his hometown.
00:43:54>> The friend stayed with him for a couple weeks, and during that time, the friend, Timmy Fletcher, started committing robberies in the area.
00:44:03>> At that point, Martin told us that he had in his possession a .22 handgun.
00:44:11>> KURTIS: Late one night, Mendoza notices that Tim Fletcher has disappeared from the apartment.
00:44:17Also missing is Mendoza's .22.
00:44:20>> He had a party at the apartment complex, and Tim wasn't at the party anymore.
00:44:26Martin went to his bedroom where he kept the gun, and the gun wasn't located there.
00:44:30When the gun wasn't there, Martin figured that Tim had taken the gun and was up to something.
00:44:38>> KURTIS: Mendoza goes looking for Fletcher and spots him at the nearby Powerine gas station.
00:45:08>> KURTIS: Vizzusi and Knopf are skeptical of the informant's motive, but can't deny his story sounds good.
00:45:15One detail in particular sheds light on an aspect of the crime scene that has puzzled detectives from the beginning.
00:45:21The only shell casing left at the scene, a .22-caliber, was discovered on a counter inside the cashier's booth, yet the victim was found outside.
00:45:31>> And it kind of didn't make sense.
00:45:33We really didn't know why that shell casing was on the counter.
00:45:36When Martin gave us his version of what happened, Fletcher put a gun inside the little window for the cashier's cage, and the victim was seated inside the booth when he was shot.
00:45:49>> And those facts fit the physical evidence, so it was either Martin himself committed the murder or he was present when that happened.
00:46:01>> KURTIS: Cold-case detectives press Mendoza for more details about the gun.
00:46:05Mendoza provides them with a picture of the weapon.
00:46:09>> Martin had possession of that gun at one point in time and had a picture of himself taken with that gun.
00:46:16We submitted that picture to the crime lab.
00:46:19They were able to blow up that picture and determine that it had the same appearance as a Colt Huntsman.
00:46:27>> KURTIS: A Colt Huntsman is a .22-caliber weapon, the same caliber as the slug retrieved from the victim's body.
00:46:36Cold-case detectives are on the right track.
00:46:39The question now: Was the shooter Tim Fletcher or his former friend turned informant Martin Mendoza?
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00:49:57>> KURTIS: In the early morning hours of April 3, 1980, a San Jose gas station attendant named Steven Paul is gunned down on the job.
00:50:0618 years later, a jailhouse informant named Martin Mendoza is looking to shave time off his sentence.
00:50:13Mendoza points the finger at an old buddy named Tim Fletcher and tells police a tale.
00:50:18He claims he followed Fletcher the night of the murder and watched as Fletcher took down the gas station.
00:50:24>> He said Tim kind of walked back and forth in front of the gas station and then went up to the teller.
00:50:29>> Martin said he saw Tim pull out a handgun from his front

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