Transcript for The case against suspect Michael Lee Jones almost falls apart: Part 10
Ken Brennan has spent months and months on this case trying to figure out who committed this brutal attack on Inna budnytska in February 2005. The big problem for him is that she just can't remember anything. It was stressful, and many times, upset of myself. I said, why can't I just remember? But Brennan finally thinks he knows what happened in that fateful meeting between Inna budnytska and Michael Lee Jones. Somewhere, there's either an offer to come up to his room on the 5th floor and have a drink or something. Talked to her. Start telling me something about she was disabled, she got hurt on some cruise ship or something. So, they leave the elevator. She goes to her room. And I know she went there to leave her coat, because her coat was left at the scene. Brennan doesn't know whether Jones may have gone to Inna's room that night, but he's convinced the attack did not happen there. The room was lived in, but it was disturbed, which would have been indicate of a crime of that somehow or other they ended up in his room. And whatever happens, he ends up beating her to death there, he thinks she's dead, stuffs her in the suitcase, and then takes her down. But now, after almost a year of sleuthing, it looks like his investigation is about to unravel. Inna just doesn't accept his theory, and she's sticking to her original story that the attack happened in her room. I didn't go nowhere. I didn't go to nobody's room. I remember myself going into my room. That's what I remember. But Inna's memory is all over the map. She first told police that she was attacked by two white men with Spanish accents and then she picks Jones out of a lineup, but said there might have been two guys that raped her. They're concerned that there are inconsistencies, they're concerned she's not gonna be a and that's a real issue in a case like this. There has to be some physical evidence or corroboration to support the victim's claim that it was an attack as opposed to a consensual act. Even with Brennan's bombshell surveillance theory, the case against Jones is coming up thin. I don't believe they ever found the suitcase that Jones used. And of course hotels are cleaned every morning, so the chances of them finding any physical evidence are very small. Jones' defense lawyer can smell the prosecution's weakness a mile away. We believe that they couldn't prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. The Miami Dade police department, I think, the detectives there believed that since they had DNA, and a suspect to match that he must have been the one who did the rape and the beating. But there's no evidence that he did that. Michael Lee Jones never confessed to raping or beating Inna. His claim was that he had consensual sex with her but that he had no part in beating her or dumping her body. For a potential jury, this isn't gonna be a slam dunk case. Yes, they've got his DNA. But he's now saying, "Yeah, we had sex. I paid her for sex." The prosecutor's office was uncomfortable with the fact that Inna's memory was in bits and pieces. Prosecutors decided they had a case of he said/she said. They didn't feel they could win our case if it went to trial. You don't know the way that a jury would feel. So the prosecutor's office decided to offer him a plea. It turns out Jones pleads guilty to a reduced charge. The case never even comes up before a jury and he gets two years. Two years. Two years. Two years. I was upset. I just told them, you can't. You can't let this guy out. I was angry. I was angry. But, I couldn't do anything. I'm not familiar with the justice system. But, I was upset inside, yes, I was upset. In fact, everyone involved in the case is upset. Everyone that is, except Ken Brennan. That didn't bother me either. I said, "Hey, listen don't worry about it." The dogged investigator has yet another hunch. This wasn't his first time at the rodeo here. He's done this before. And the hotel security cameras are about to give up one final secret about Michael Verizon got us vip tickets
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