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Friday, March 29, 2013

Spillage



Carlotta was already dressed when I woke up and zipping up her over night bag...I walked over to her and put my arms around her waist and kissed her cheek...

She smiled at me....


"You know....I was thinking...We've been wasting a lot of time on semen." she said.

"Huh? What?" I said.

"I'm talking about the case silly....The drugs that killed her were more than likely stolen from that pharmecutical warehouse...If we get a road into that and who might have purchased those particular drugs...We got our suspect right there....And once in custody, we can get DNA..." she said.

''I love your mind...." I said hugging her.

"That's all?" she asked playfully.

"You know what else I love.." I said.

''Ummmm, I like it when your voice gets deep like that." she said.



''Now go brush your teeth ,so I can kiss you before I go." she said.

I hurriedly brushed my teeth and then washed my mouth out with Scope and then walked over to her...

We embraced and kissed by my door, extra long....I noticed that she wasn't trying to break my embrace..She allowed me to kiss her until I had had enough...

"Wow.." I said.

"That was nice..." she said.  "Gotta go." she said.

"Good Luck" I said and waved as she walked out....

I just remembered...I had left my car at C.I.D.!!!!!  I had no car...I was going to have to take public transportation to work....It was all good and certainly worth last night...It was a wonder I had the strength to get out of bed after the night we enjoyed.


II-


Juanita James's murder case had already gone cold to use the detectives jargon...It was two weeks old...

Detectives Carlotta Rodriguez and James "Jimmy' Barlow now turned their attention to a recent robbery of a Pharmecutical Warehouse.....just blocks from the Low End Theory Bar where person of interest Kenny Dennard tended bar.



The robbery had occurred one week to the day of the discovery of Juanita James's body. The thieves had been smart...They had disabled the alarm system and the main video camera....but Carlotta discovered that the warehouse had an auxillary video camera!!!!


She and Jimmy caught the two thieves robbing the warehouse on the camera.....The "Crime stoppers " video cam caught them getting into a car when they came out...Jimmy got a clean licensce plate number and in less than a day.... They had the two thieves, Moe Zakasis , 22 and Leo Connelly, 23 in custody....


Detective Tyriq Pile upon seeing them mused....

"I know these two cool cats....and I know who they work for...Top, Jimmy, good pull, Hold these cats....I'll be back with their boss." he said.

He returned with the ring leader....Leroy "Swinga" Taylor...... With his capture....Sissy called me and asked me to come and watch the interrogation.

"These three guys robbed that warehouse Duke was telling us about last week....Swinga is the ring leader, he sent those two guys in there." she said.

"Hopefully they can tell us if one of the buyers is our boy.." I said.

''Yes hopefully." she said.


Carlotta and Jimmy sat in the "fishbowl" with Tyriq and the three suspects..

"Pretty crowded in there huh?" I mused.


''Yeah." said Sissy...

"Okay you guys...here it is..." said Detective Tyriq Pile..." We got you dead to rights for that warehouse theft....Swinga....for you ,this is your third trip up the river and it could be a life sentence....You can help yourself out by telling me who your buyers were." said Tyriq.

Swinga didn't hesitate....

''I sold to this Russian guy... He runs a bar up in Little Norway...Boris "Baby" Balagula.." he said.

''That's who you stole the OXi-cotin for right?" asked Jimmy Barlow...

"Yeah man..." he said.

"But you stole more than just Oxi right?" said Carlotta.

"Oh yeah, yeah...There was one other buyer....A black guy...a bartender at the uh
Low end theory bar." said Moe Zakasis..

"Yeah, Yeah, Kenny, Kenny D.  He paid us extra to steal Pancourium Bromide (muscle relaxer) and Potassium Chloride...( causes cardiac arrest)We stole 100 miligrams of each for him." said Leo Connelly.

"Yeah he paid top dollar for that stuff." said Swinga...

"How did you guys come in contact with him?" asked Carlotta.

"The Bar....We all drink at the Low End Theory....He said he needed muscle relaxers and the Potassium Chloride...We told him we were plannin to hit that Warehouse..And so back in February, he paid us....I don't know why he would need that stuff." said Swinga.

"Okay....if you'll agree to testify to that...I'll talk to ADA Wallace and get your sentences for the theft cut in half....Clean time and you guys will be back on the street in two to three years......Don't waste too much time thinking boys and especially you Swinga...it beats a life sentence any day." said Tyriq...

"You got that right." he said.

I looked at Sissy....

"We got Dennard...He purchased the lethal drugs off of these guys...we know he bought the panties and lingerie...." I said.

"Yes , but is that enough counselor?" asked Sissy...

"It's enough to indict.Also, call Lieutenant Eddie Cantrell of the Narcotics Division, tell him to pick up Boris "Baby" Balagula" I said.

Sissy smiled..."Looks like another good week."

Just then, Detective Edwin "Duke" Baylor walked in...



"Lou, Keith...I been following this guy for a week...I think he made me as a cop...He doesn't eat or drink anything out in public...Doesn't smoke or throw away butts....He knows I'm a cop...I got nothin.." he said.



"That's okay Duke...We got proof that he bought the lethal drugs used to kill Juanita James from the thieves who took down that warehouse you told us about." said Sissy.

"Top and Jimmy grabbed those guys?" he asked...

"Yeah, Tyriq too." she said.

"Chica!... It's your collar.... You and Jimmy go pick him up." said Sissy.

Carlotta smiled... "We 're on it Lou." she said and then smiled...



"Ohh..I'm Lou now?  I thought you called me Boss Lady? " she joked...

"I just wanted to sound like one of the guys." she joked.

Carlotta looked at me....

"Coming with?" she said.

"Sure!" I said.... Sissy laughed....."You had to ask?"

Duke and Tyriq grinned.

"Ozzie and Harriet...." she said and shook her head...

III-



Carlotta and Jimmy and I entered the Low End Theory Bar....Only to be told that we had just missed Kenny...

"You guys just missed him...He left with one of your guys." said the Bartender..

"One of our guys?" said Jimmy.

"Yeah..She's a cop, a detective like you guys....Angie....She comes in here a lot..
She left with him a little while ago...Funny...He's tried to get her to go home with him so many times and she's damn near laughed at him...Lately she's been laughing and talking to him...even dancin with him....Go figure huh?" he said.

Carlotta looked at me...



"I don't like this.....Angie might be trying to set him up..Remember what she said a few days ago?" said Carlotta.

"We gotta find her...I'll go by Dennards place...You two go by Angie's house." said Jimmy Barlow..


"I'm calling Sissy." I said.


IV-

Carlotta and I met Sissy outside of Angie's house.... We were joined by Duke and Tyriq within minutes....and Jimmy soon after with Dr. Hunter.

"What did you bring Dr. Hunter for?" Asked Tyriq...

"Heyy, this guy has serious drugs...We need somebody here that knows how to fight them if he uses them on her." said Jimmy.

Sissy allowed herself to smile...So did Carlotta...

Duke looked at me and went-

"Cat thinks of everything don't he?"

I smiled...



"Ang, I'm glad you at least let me come to your house....I've driven by here for years and wondered what it might look like inside." said Kenny.

"Years?...You've been stalking me?" she asked.

"Nah...Nahhh...I just ,you know, followed you home one night...to make sure you was safe." he said.

"Kenny,I'm a cop....I carry a Glock...I think I would be pretty safe." she said.

"Yeah, but you never know....You know?" he said.

"So.....You finally got to come inside my house." she said.

"I'd like to cum inside you now." he said.

"What? What did you say?" she said.

"Look Angie...You know what this is...We been drinkin, laughin, talkin...having a good time....Now you don't think I came over here to have coffee do you?" he said.

"That's what you told me at the bar." she said.

"Come onnnn,We are both adults...You know the deal." he said.

"No I don't..." she said.

"Look...You and me...We could have a good thing goin....You a cop, you got a good job, good pension and I'm bartendin for now...but I got plans to open my own club, my own joint....I got my degree from DeVry college last spring....Now the way I see it..You and me could get together and really have somethin good goin on." he said.

Angie laughed...

''You got it all figured out don't you?"

"Sounds good to me.." he said.

"I know it does...but I'm not attracted to you like that....I never have been ,so it would be wasting your time if I did agree to your terms and wasting mine too." she said.

''You could learn to be attracted to me." he said.

"I don't think so...

''What, I'm not good enough for you?....I'm not a suit and tie brotha like the one you had out here a couple of months ago that was damn near trying to rape you until you backed him off?" he snapped.

"You were out here then?" she asked.

"Yeah..I seen him....You guys were settin him up.....He in jail now..I know the whole deal..." he said.

"Wow, you really do care about me don't you? You were watchin out for me huh?" she said.

He completely missed the sarcasm in her statement!


''Damn right..." he said and leaned over and kissed her. She pushed him away....He forced her down on the bed and immediately ran his hand up her dress...She removed his hands gently...and broke their embrace..But he unzippered his pants and slipped out of them and  forced her down again and was grinding her into the bed....She finally gained her balance and pushed him off!!

''Slow down hero....Relax..It's not that kind of party. Put your pants back on." she said...but he was in his boxers and fully erect...his pants down to his ankles.. and was once again grinding on her and kissing her...

"Ohhhh Angie...you don't know how long I've waited for this....Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.." he moaned...

"Kenny please....Please, stop...get off of me.Put your pants on." she said.

''You got me started girl...don't stop this feelin...it was meant to happen, ohhhhhhhhhh.." he moaned.

"No it wasn't...get off of me." she screamed...fighting him as best she could..

''Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh babyyyyyyyyyyy!" he moaned......

Suddenly she felt his body trembling violently and in panic, fought hard to get from under his weight.....She pushed him off of her, but it was.....too late.

''Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Angie...OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...Oh lawd
nooooo, ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.." he moaned..

"Oh my God.NOOOOOOO!" she said in disgust and pushed away from him....Her dress and sheets were soaked.....Kenny was mortified!!!!!

"I'm so sorry Angie...That never happened before...I swear......Never....It's just that you are so sexy...You got me over excited....Just give me a few minutes and I'll be alright." he said.

"Uh Kenny,it's late...why don't you go home??....We can have this conversation some other time...ewwwww. Please, put your clothes on." she said.

"What? You aint never made a guy uh overly excited?/ I always thought you was a tease." he said, now visibly upset..."You girls walk around with your short tight skirts and smellin all good...A guy can only take so much." he said....

"Kenny, fix your clothes...Go home." she said.

"Nah.....I'm gonna fix you." he said and pulled latex gloves out of his pants pockets on the bed. ...

"It was you!!!...That's what you did to Juanita. You killed her didn't you?" she said.

"Juanita died peaceful...but you aint." he said as he put both of his hands around her neck....

She fought him mightily, she kneed him in his groin and then used her foot to do a sweep...

He fell to the ground...but she did too..He grabbed her and tried to strangle her again, but she broke his embrace and flipped him on his side...

They rolled around on the floor some more...

''God Angie...All this rolling around on the floor has gotten me all excited again."he said...

"Doesn't take much for you huh?" she said.

''Youse a sexy woman." he said still struggling.

''Under different circumstances...I'd take that as a compliment." she said as they rolled around on the floor.

Kenny was on top of her again...She flipped him over and tried to grab both of his arms...

''Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Angie...OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...Oh lawd
nooooo, ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.." he moaned again...

"OH MY GODDDD, What is wrong with you?" she screamed...

"I'm sorry...I'm sorry, you just got me all hyped up and excited....." he said as she flipped him over again...

The side and the front of her dress was now soaked....and there was a huge stain on her
carpet...

"Duke...hit the door." I yelled...We'd seen enough...

Detectives Edwin "Duke" Baylor and Tyriq Pile hit the door and knocked it off the hinges...Sissy and Carlotta and Jimmy and three uniformed policemen rushed in with guns drawn....

Angie had Kenny subdued by then.....On the floor with his arm behind his back.She was sitting on him...

Detective Tyriq Pile looked down at Kenny ,who had stopped squirming by then and had resigned himself to his fate...

"Damn man.....Not your night is it?" he remarked...

"Yeah, tell me about it. This never happened before." remarked Kenny......

"I certainly hope not....This get around and your date card would soon be very light." replied Tyriq..

Sissy ,Carlotta, Duke and Dr. Hunter heard part of the conversation and turned their heads to conceal their laughter.... I was kind of disgusted myself.... This guy obviously had self control problems for lack of a better way to put it.

"How did you guys know?"  Angie said upon seeing us...

"We had a warrant for his arrest...We were looking for him when we found out you had left  the bar with him." I said.

"Phew...I'm glad to see you guys just the same...Don't know how long I could have subdued him.." she said.

"Angie...We told you we'd get him....Why didn't you trust us?" asked Sissy..


"I'm sorry Sissy...I just wanted him to pay for what he did to Juanita....Only things got out of control a little." she sighed.

"OH MY GOD Angie...What were you planning to do?" asked Carlotta..



"I shudder to think...I'm just glad I didn't have to..." she said.

"Looks like he ruined a good dress."said Dr. Hunter.

"Ya Think?.....I'm never going to wear this dress again....You guys can keep it  as evidence." she said.

Tyriq, Duke and I smiled at that remark and held our heads down...The situation was not funny and yet the three of us guys wanted to laugh.



"Yeah...There is enough semen on here and on my sheets to get that DNA sample if you want." said Angie..

Sissy put her arms around her.....

"You crazy lady....You didn't have to do this....But thank you anyway..." she said..

"Guys...Give Detective Belton some privacy...She's got to change her clothes." said Jimmy of all people. Angie looked at him with surprise...She smiled a little bit.

"Yeah and take a shower..Ewwwwwwwwwwwww." said Angie Belton..

''You gonna assist her in taking a shower junior?" asked Tyriq...

Jimmy blushed...Tyriq, Duke and Carlotta busted up laughing....

Sissy and I  gave Jimmy the serious side eye...

''You okay Angie, I mean Detective Belton?" asked Jimmy as he helped her up...

"Yes, thank you Detective Barlow." she said looking a little confused...

''Come on...We are all on a first name basis here...Call me Jimmy." He said.

"Uh...Okay." said Angie...She looked at Sissy...Sissy shrugged her shoulders.

''She never gave me a chance."muttered Kenny as Carlotta pulled him to his feet...

"Hey you! SHUT IT UP!  You have a right to remain silent, if you choose not to, any and everything you say can and will be used against you...You have a right to an attorney, if you can't afford one, one will be provided to you...You feel me playa?" said Jimmy...

"Yeah,Yeah...I know the deal." said Kenny Dennard.

"Never heard a person Mirandized like that before." said Carlotta looking at Jimmy a little funny.

"Okay Detective Barlow...Good job...Now Let Dr. Hunter and I tend to Detective Belton." said Sissy..

"Okay Lou.."said Jimmy...

Sissy kind of smiled and looked at Jimmy kind of funny...So did everyone else.

Tyriq, Duke,Jimmy and I walked outside.... Carlotta  handcuffed Kenny Dennard and assited the three uniformed officers in taking him outside.

"They never gave a good man a chance...They just want a suit and tie dude..with lots of money...Am I that disgusting? I had a job, A degree from DeVry..What do these broads want?" he muttered.

"Hey man...I feel for you.These women are just too sexy...Pants too tight, dresses too short....It's a wonder the average man can control himself." joked Tyriq....


"I'm gonna tell your wife you said that." joked Carlotta...


''I'll deny it Top." laughed Tyriq.

Duke and the three cops all cracked up laughing....


Jimmy and I stood on the curb watching the whole thing...


"Hey ADA Wallace..?" he asked me.

"What Jimmy?" I said.

"You think...You think Angie Belton would go out with me?" he asked.

"You? " I asked...

"Yeah...I've kind of had a thing for her ever since the Internal Affairs investigation..she's kind of sexy." he said.

"You're a little younger than her, man." I said.

"What's, two or  three years man?" he said.

"Could be a lot....to some women......Why don't you wait awhile before you ask her out..She's been through a lot." I said.

"Yeah, I hear ya." he said as he walked away...

I smiled and shook my head....


Carlotta walked over to me...

"What are you smiling about?" she asked.

"Love and Attraction.....It's a funny thing..." I said.

"You always get so deep after these cases.." she said and kissed me softly...

"It's the nerd in me." I said.

"You're not a nerd." she said hugging me....A Patrol car had come and taken Kenny Dennard away.

"That's what you all think." I said.


"I wouldn't let a nerd go all the way with me, now would I? " said Carlotta with a wink..

''No...I guess you wouldn't." I said.

"Wanna go all the way with me tonight?" she asked , curling her lip in that sexy way she did....

"That would be nice." I said.

"I know it would." she said and winked at me...

I looked at her and smiled...

EPILOUGE:

Kenny Dennard was convicted of the  Second Degree Murder of Juanita James and sentenced to 15 years to life....He left more than enough semen on Angie's dress and sheets for Dr.Hunter to get a positive DNA match...

Leroy "Swinga"Taylor, 23, Moe Zakasis , 22 and Leo Connelly, 23 got three years for the theft of the warehouse...They were all out of jail and back on the street within a year....

Boris "Baby" Balagula.." received a ten year sentence for possesion with intent to distribute illegal and controlled substances.

Detective Angie Belton stopped by Sissy's office a few weeks later...Carlotta, Jimmy and I just happened to be there also....

"Hey girl, how are you feeling?" asked Sissy.

''I'm good... I just stopped by to thank all of you for solving Juanita's murder..." she said.


"That's what we do Angie...we're Murder Policia." said Carlotta.

Angie laughed..

"Nobody knows that better than I..." she said.

"I'm just glad you didn't get hurt and you're okay...We should thank you..You afterall did get that elusive DNA that we couldn't seem to get from him." I said.


"You tryin to be funny Keith??...I'd like to forget this whole case...Ewwwwwww." she said.

"Yes, I second that." laughed Sissy...


Detective James Barlow walked over to Angie...

"Uh Detective Belton...Could I ask you something in uh private?" he asked..

Sissy and Carlotta looked at me...I shrugged my shoulders...

"Sure Detective Barlow.." she said...She looked at Sissy,Carlotta and me..We all had puzzled looks on our faces...Only I  really knew what he was going to ask her...

He took her over to the corner and said-

"Hey, I uh know of a nice little spot that serves great seafood...and has good wine and this weekend...They got a great band playing there....I happen to know that you like this band too and that Talapia is your favorite seafood.....Would you mind being my guest?" he asked.


"You askin me out on a date Jimmy?" she said loud enough for us to hear...

Sissy's mouth dropped...So did Carlotta's... I smiled sheepishly..

"Yeah ,I guess it is a bad idea....I mean, you've been through a lot and I am kind of younger than you and out of my league." he said.

"Not to mention white." she said, laughing....

"Yeah that too." he said.

"Sure I'll go." she said.

He looked stunned...

"Huh? What?" he said.

"Why not?  You're kind of cute....You have a steady job...You aint in jail and you haven't raped or killed anybody...I could do worse." she said.

"So we are going out this weekend ???..You're not joshing me right?" he said.

"Yes!!!..I said I'd go...By the way...How old are you? You can drink legally can't you?" she joked.

"You got jokes huh?" he said and whispered in her ear his age.

"You're three years younger than me Jimmy." she said.

"Uh two to be more accurate....That a problem?" he asked.

"I won't tell if you won't." she said....

"YESSSSSSSSSSS!" he said and did the cabbage patch...

''Wow...It's not often a guy reacts like that to me." said Angie.

Sissy looked at me and said-

"Wow , he did that almost as good as Duke."

I laughed like a cheshire cat...

Carlotta walked over to me...

"You knew didn't you?  You knew and you didn't tell your girls." she said.

"Yeah" said Sissy..

''A guy has to keep some things to himself." I said.

"Yeah and in the case of Kenny Dennard, more than most." said Sissy.

Carlotta and I both looked at Sissy and went-

"EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW." in unison.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's A Shame



Bridget Jones owned two lingerie stores...She had recently moved back to Philadelphia and was doing brisk business...Sissy, Carlotta and I paid her shop a visit the next day...We had the white baby doll , the matching white bra and panties that had been worn by the deceased Juanita James when we found her murdered!



"Heyy Bridget....I hate to be visiting you because of this...but we had a murder victim the week before last that was found in this set..and we traced this set to your store." she said.

Bridget looked at the set and thought a minute then smiled..

"Yeah...This is one of ours..." she said and pointed to a mannequin with the same set on... "I remember this...I sold them to a guy just a few weeks ago." she said.


"A Guy?" I said.

"Yes...half of my customers are men...they buy stuff for their wives and their girlfriends...I take it you don't?" she asked.

Sissy and Carlotta both gave me a side eye and smiled...

"Well..Well I, uh...I-I order stuff on line mostly." I said....


Carlotta cracked up laughing....So did Sissy......I was embarrassed...I couldn't believe it...

"Why are you embarrassed Mr. Wallace...We are all adults...Do you think that I thought all you and Ms. Carlotta did was hold hands?" joked Bridget....

Sissy couldn't hold back her laughter any longer......

"I'm sorry Chica...but your man is priceless..." she said.

"I know ...I know." she said shaking her head and laughing..."That's why we love you boo." said Carlotta laughing.

"It's true." said Sissy, still laughing.

"So about this guy??...How did he pay?/ Cash, Credit Card??" I asked ,quickly changing the subject...

It didn't stop them from laughing at me...

"I think he charged it...It was only two weeks ago...The reason I remembered him was because he was very talkative, very flirtatious and very knowledgable about women's underwear...more so than the average guy." said Bridget...

She went through her records and she found it...

"Here it is...He used a Mastercard....His name was Kenneth...Kenneth Dennard." she said.

"Kenny Dennard, the guy from the bar...The guy who snuck a kiss from Angie." I said.

"Yes ,I remember him!!!....But you know....Jimmy and I interviewed him the first day..." said Carlotta.

"Hmmm, we may need to talk to him again...and get a DNA swab." said Sissy.

"Thanks Bridget." said Carlotta.

"Is he in some kind of trouble?" she asked.

"I don't know yet." said Carlotta as Sissy  and I headed out the door and to Sissy's car.



"This is Lt. Sissy Van Buren....All points bulletin...Pick up Kenneth Denard, bring him in for questioning....He works at the "Low End Theory" club at night...Attends Community College by day and lives  at......." she said on her car radio as we headed back to C.I.D. Headquarters..

Carlotta looked back at me sitting in the back seat....

"We were just teasing with you boo...I like the things you buy for me..I've never complained have I? You have good tastes." she said and winked...

Sissy just glanced back at me and laughed some more....By now, even I was smiling.

II-


"I'm telling you Jimmy....I didn't call Juanita that night in question...I'm certain of it." said Detective Angie Belton to Detective Jimmy Barlow..They were sitting in Sissy's office when we returned..They appeared to be having coffee and a friendly conversation..Sissy,Carlotta and I looked at both of them kind of funny.


He showed her the phone records from Juanita's phone....Her number was circled...

"That's your phone number isn't it?  You made one call...11:07 pm." he said.

"No I didn't...I was at the bar that night...It was pretty loud in there...It was a Thursday night...I distinctly remember that night....Plus ,I wouldn't have called Juanita anyway...I knew she had company...She had told me that her boyfriend was coming over...They were supposed to talk about whether they were going to stay in a relationship or not..." said Detective Belton.

"But this is your phone number?" said Jimmy...

Angie looked at it...

"Yeah, that's my number...but I'm telling you...I didn't talk to her that night." she said.

"Angie, did you lay your phone down on the bar at anytime? Maybe you were dancing and it was on the bar and someone picked it up?" said Carlotta.

"I've done that in Josies and had Gus or Honey Brown watch my purse or my phone." said Sissy.


''Come to think of it... I went to the ladies room once...and I told Kenny , the bartender to watch my purse for me...and my phone was right next to my purse and my drink." she said..."Then this cute guy asked me to dance another time and I asked him to watch it again." she said.

"Would Kenny be ,Kenny Dennard, the horn dog who tried to damn near rape you at the crime scene?" I said, surprised at the rancor in my voice.


Angie was quiet for a minute....

''Yeah...Kenny had a thing for Juanita....Sometimes me too....We mostly paid him no mind...He asked both of us to go out with him on several different occassions...Juanita told him that she had a man, but that didn't stop him...When he heard that she and Chris were having problems...He went into third gear, sending flowers to her apartment, to her job, always trying to talk to her in private....But Nita just laughed him off...I think Christopher Marlow and Kenny had words about it once..." she said.

''What about her ex husband??.." asked Jimmy.

"He was just gettin back in the mix....He thought Kenny was a little creepy and told Nita so...He basically considered him a joke...He used to laugh at him..." she said.




''So Juanita never took Kenny serious?" asked Carlotta.

"Oh heck no...." said Angie.

"How bout you?" asked Sissy.



"You know...I went out with him once...We had some drinks....some laughs..Went To Josies and The Aqua Bar...but that was it...He wanted to come inside...The date wasn't that good...I wasn't feelin him like  that and I told him...We could just be friends." she said.

"Ouchhhhh...what every man hates to hear the most." said Jimmy.

"Damn Shame." I said.





He and I high fived!


II-



Some hours later, Detective Tyriq Pile entered the office with a tall slender brown skinned gentleman and a uniformed police officer....

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Mr. Kenneth Denard." he said.

"You heard my radio call?" laughed Sissy...

''Loud and clear Lou....You know I love your voice...It's so melodic." joked Tyriq...

"Flattery will get you everywhere." said Sissy as they both laughed.

Carlotta looked at Jimmy...

''You're up partner...I interviewed the last two." she said.

''Awww come on Carlotta..." he pleaded..

"Get in there..You know the drill." she said.

"Listen at Top...She said that with such authority." laughed Tyriq...

Sissy, Carlotta, Tyriq, Jimmy, Angie and I all burst into laughter.

III-


"Come on Junior, I'll go in with you." said Tyriq...

The room was small....Tyriq went in and sat on the end of the table...Kenny Dennard sat in the middle...

"Want a smoke man?" said Tyriq...

"Yeah." he said.

Tyriq passed him a cigarette from the same pack we found in Juanita's apartment...

''This is my brand too." he said.

"Most Black people smoke Kools." laughed Tyriq, who didn't himself smoke.

"Yeah, I guess we do." said Kenny as he lit the cigarette and took a few puffs..

Detective Jimmy Barlow came in the room with a few folders...he plopped them down on the table and sat down...

Sissy, Angie, Carlotta and I watched from behind a two way window...

"Mr. Dennard, do you know why you're here?" he asked.

"Yeah, you want to ask me about Juanita James." he said.

Jimmy opened a box and spread a pair of white bikini panties, a white bra and a baby doll on the desk..

"Recognize these?" he said.

Kenny smiled..

"Yeah...I bought em for uh Juanita." he said.

''Wow! What was this...A Valentine's Day gift?" asked Tyriq..... From behind the window, Sissy and Angie cracked up laughing...Kenny ignored Tyriq's question.

''Aint that kind of personal?...I mean, you weren't her man, you were just a bartender."  said Jimmy.

"I was her friend...I was talking to her....We talked a lot...I was close to....Well, I thought me and her might have gotten somethin cookin." he said.

"Yeah...if she modeled those for you somethin definitely woulda been cookin." said Tyriq....Now, even Kenny Dennard had to laugh...He looked at Tyriq and just shook his head.

Sissy spit out her coffee, Carlotta shook her head and smiled... Angie smiled too. ,I was hoping they didn't become too much of a side show in there and blow the interview.

"But you still weren't her man...You do know that she had a boyfriend right?   and an ex-husband and both were trying to get back with her." said Jimmy.

"Both bums..." he said.

''And you buyin panties for her?"scoffed Tyriq.  Sissy and Angie both turned their heads at this point, but they were both laughing beyond control.

"Yo man, what is your problem?" said Kenny.

"Man...I don't know no guy that buys panties for a woman that's not his wife or girlfriend...When did you expect to see her in them?" said Tyriq...

"I felt like I had a shot at it." said Kenny...

"Oh you did?  Okay my man...I'll take your word for it... After all, you knew her." said Tyriq.

"That's right...I did.." snapped Kenny.

"It must have killed you that she was still sleeping with both of those bums...Both of those guys who had messed up....Losers....One guy who had had the great fortune to be married to her and messed it up and the other, a professional college student with no ambition and very little money." said Jimmy..

Kenny stopped smoking, and put the cigarette behind his ear.....

"I didn't kill her.." he said dryly...


"Nobody said you did...but it did piss you off didn't it?? didn't you stand outside her door in the hallway ,sometimes just listening to her moan.... Ohhhhhh daddy ,put it onnnnnn me...ohhhhh lay that pipe, lay that pipe daddy..ouuuuuuuuuu.."   and one of em goin -"Ummmmmmm...ohhhhh god baby you feel so damn gooood..." and you standing there...standin there wishin it was you..It's a shame." said Jimmy.

Sissy,Carlotta and Angie were hysterical at this point....I admit...I had to laugh myself..but I wanted Jimmy to close this...To nail him...He was close...

"No...Nah...I wasn't standin at no door listenin to nothin....She ...She...was wastin her time with both of em...She never gave me a second thought....I did everything for her!!I...Remembered her birthday, sent her flowers on Valentines day, sent her a Christmas card...Sent her flowers just because...Took care of her bar tab.I even drove her over to her ex-husband's house one night when her car was on the fritz...and she never noticed me...NEVER NOTICED ME AT ALL!!! GAVE THEM LOSERS GOOD LOVIN....Never so much as remembered MY BIRTHDAY!" he said...His hands were shaking...

"I know man...I know...and on this certain night...both of them came over and that was all you could take right? It's a shame the way she played you.You came to see her, you was tryin to get your nerve up and here comes her ex-husband....He leaves and to your surprise...Here comes her Steak and hoagie shop workin bum of a boyfriend..All the while, all that stuff you did for her went un-noticed." said Jimmy..

"YEAH!!!!  YEAH!!  .It made me so .....Nah man.....Nah....I didn't care...I didn't lose no sleep over it.I wasn't even there." he said, regaining his composure.

''You were there Kenny...We got you on videotape going in the building that night..."said Jimmy.

"She aint the only person I know in there....I know plenty of people in that building." he blurted out."

"Who? We talked to everybody in the building...Only one person mentioned seeing you and she said you were standing outside of Ms. James door." said Jimmy.

"I went to talk to Juanita...but she was busy, so I left...That's it...And I aint sayin nothin else unless I have a lawyer present." he said.

"Okay man...Okay....cool...You want a soda?, Bottle of water?" asked Jimmy...

"Nah...I don't think so." he said.

''Here, I'll take that cigarette off of your hands." said Jimmy.

"Nah..I'll keep it...Might smoke it some more." he said.


"Hey man...I believe you...I don't think you killed Juanita....You dug her right? After all, Man buys a pair of panties, a nightie and a bra for a woman...He must care a lot about her" said Tyriq.

"You got jokes right....Easy for you...You got a weddin band on...How long has it been since you had to get up your nerve to ask a girl out.or tell her how you really feel or worse, beg her to notice or care about you?" he snarled at Tyriq...

"Been a long time buddy...Look at me, I'm sexy chocolate baby....I don't beg women." said Tyriq.

Carlotta and Sissy screamed with laughter....Angie clapped her hands...-"Wellllllll." she said and laughed some more.. I just shook my head. I was glad that the two way window was sound proof...If he heard all of us laughing, he might have clammed up!

"I loved her....I did...but try as I might...She ...She just wouldn't..." he said, stopping himself..

''She couldn't see...She couldn't see that you were the best guy for her...She wouldn't give you a chance.." said Jimmy..

"You know don't you?" said Kenny.....Then he got himself together, shook his head and started laughing....

"What are you guys doin, playin good cop, slick cop?  I know you're both tryin to jam me up...Shame on both of you." said Kenny.

I have to admit...I was a little confused myself as to which one was the good cop or the bad cop..

"Nah...Not at all...Why don't you leave us a DNA sample...And we can eliminate you as a suspect, just like we did everybody else. We had both of your uh competitors down here...We grilled em just like we doin you...It's our job man, They didn't take it personally...We don't take it personal either." said Tyriq...

"I don't think I want to do that....You got nothin on me... If you did, I'd already be in handcuffs... You just fishin..and we got nothin else to talk about....Unless like I said, you want to talk to my lawyer." he said.

''Aww it's like that playa?  I thought we was all cool." said Jimmy.

"Yeah right!!..Nice try. We aint that cool. Take your Crockett and Tubbs act somewhere else." said Kenny...''Can I go?" he said.

Jimmy opened the door...

"Yup, I certainly have nothing to hold you on." said Jimmy...

"An officer will give you a ride to where ever you want to go." said Tyriq.

"That's mighty Black of you bruh." said Kenny sarcastically looking at Tyriq.

Kenny Dennard got up and walked out....

Once he was gone....Jimmy and Tyriq walked into Sissy's office...

"You two are insane...I was in stitches out here. Sexy Chocolate Tyriq? Really?" said Sissy.

" Lou...Look at me!  He said laughing himself..."For what it's worth  though,I think it's him." said Tyriq.

"Me too...He's the only one who smoked...He admitted that that was his brand...He bought the panties and he's the only one who refused a DNA test." said Jimmy.

"He's slick too...He didn't take the bait on the drinks and he kept the cigarette...So we wouldn't get his DNA." said Carlotta.

"Yeah...The other two willingly gave us a DNA sample....Sounds like he's got something to hide." said Tyriq.

"Well,I figured he might not give us much....So I called Duke...Duke's in his bar now...He doesn't know Duke.. He's seen the rest of us though. I figure ,he's got to drink or eat something....Duke will get him...We'll get that DNA yet."  said Carlotta.


"That just proves he might have had sex with Juanita, as unlikely as that may sound..." said Angie...


"I don't think he did have sex with her....Not while she was alive!!I think he was standing outside the door, listening to her and her ex husband and then to her and her boyfriend.....That uh explains the semen in the hallway outside the door.....and possibly in the condom in the trash can....He must have been wearing gloves because he left no prints...." I said.

"EWWWWWWWWWWWW...." said Sissy,Angie and Carlotta in unison...

"He went inside somehow after the other two men left and he forced himself on her....he injected the muscle relaxer to subdue her , so she wouldn't fight..and he had his way with her..several times...That's why the condom was full...Later on he injected her with the chemical that stopped her heart  , to kill her...leaving no witness to the rape!....He dressed her and posed her after death and then was still so turned on ...he uh.......relieved himself on the floor, in the bathroom,in the kitchen, where-ever.He couldn't control himself at this point...he was just too turned on." I finished.

"EWWWWWWWWWWWW...." said Sissy,Angie and Carlotta in unison again...

''This case makes me want to take a shower." said Sissy.

"Yesss" said Dr. Hunter...

"Yesssss." said Carlotta.

''Wow Keith, you understand how this might have went down a little too well....Do you carry on like this?"joked Sissy.

Now it was my turn...

"Lieutenant, seriously?  Look at your girl over there.....I don't have to, Believe that!" I said.

Tyriq and Jimmy just laughed hysterically...and high fived me....

"That's my boyyyyy." said Tyriq.

Angie looked at Sissy...


"He's got a point Sissy." she said and laughed...

Sissy, always a good sport, laughed too and high fived me....

"Guess you're right ADA..Chica loves her some you..." she said.

Carlotta blushed something terrible, but laughed too...


"Aww look...you made Top Blush...." said Tyriq who put his arms around his former protoge'..

Dr. Hazel Hunter entered the office just then...

" Hope I'm not breaking up anything...I thought you all might want to hear this..The two lethal drugs that killed Ms. James were among drugs stolen from a pharmecutical company that got robbed a month ago...and guess what??...It's just two blocks from the bar Mr. Dennard works at presently." she said.

I smiled.

"Dr. Hunter, that was a great pull..." I said.

"Oh I can't take credit for that...Duke...or Edwin found that out last night....He told me to make sure I informed you or Ms. Sissy or Detective Rodriguez." she said.

"You two gotta go on some real dates and stop makin your dates police work." said Jimmy.

We all smiled.

IV-

It had been a long day...Sissy ,Tyriq, Angie, Jimmy,Carlotta and I were all going home...we had put in a hard days work.....


"You think Kenny did this?  I'll get some DNA from him...." said Angie.

''How do you plan on doing that?" asked Carlotta.

"I shudder when I think of what I may have to do." she said.

"No Angie...We'll get him some other way....I'm serious." said Sissy.

"Duke will get him." I said.

"And if he doesn't?" she asked.

"I don't know....But I don't want you putting yourself in harms way." I said.

Angie smiled faintly and walked toward her car without saying anything....



"I'm worried about her Keith." said Sissy.

''Me too." I said.

Carlotta put her arms around me...Kissed me on the cheek...

''What's that for?" I said.

"For being the coolest boyfriend a girl could ask for." she said.

"I'm not cool..." I said...

"You are to me." she said and kissed me again.

''Good night Ozzie, Harriet. Get a room!" said Sissy with a smile as she got in her car and pulled off...Jimmy,Angie and Tyriq were gone...

Carlotta pulled me to her again and kissed me slowly and passionately....We stood there like that for a few minutes...


"Hungry?" I asked.

"Yeah...but not for food" she said with a sly wink.

"Word!! My place is closer by." I said.

"Lead the way counselor" she said and tossed me the keys to her car...

(CONCLUSION NEXT)