Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


May 3, 2014

Dr. Michael Layne: No hiding place

Exodus 20:13 “Thou shalt not kill.”

It was a sunny, warm Texas afternoon. School had just dismissed for the day and two students were making their way home when they decided to take a shortcut across a large open field. About half way through the field they stumbled upon the motionless, lifeless body of a white male that appeared to have been shot.

The boys immediately went to one of their homes and told the dad who brought them to the police station to report what they had found. These two young men were obviously shaken by what they had discovered. After all, it’s difficult enough to do a death investigation let along stumbling upon a dead body.

The boys showed one of the officers where the body was located. The investigators from our Criminal Intelligence Division showed up and started processing the scene. The Coroner’s wagon arrived and carted off the body for the autopsy.

Over the next several days the investigation took us all over North Texas as leads were tracked down and certain places placed under surveillance. Finally, it was time to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together.

As we scoured the notes and checked, rechecked and made sure the information was enough for developing a Probable Cause Affidavit, we were meticulous about the notes and the information on the perpetrators. This case had to be solid and not one stone left unturned.

The District Attorney was clear on our case and we were able to secure the warrants needed to arrest the bad guys. Fast forward to the trial, we were able to get convictions, not only on the hitman but, also on the one who ordered the hit, both Class A Felonies with extensive prison terms. Another bad drug deal solved, dealt with and a clear convictions.

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