Mean Streets MAD
Ex-convict with a hot temper and anger management issues...
Ehud Ben Moshe’s early life became irrelevant the night his parents were murdered.
One day he was a second year Kabbalistic Studies major at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the next he was on a plane headed back to the United States to identify the bodies of Joshua and Leah Ben Moshe. His younger sister, Tamar, was missing and presumed dead.
Joshua Ben Moshe was a major partner in an Israeli-American shipping company and police theorized that company business or associations may have been a factor in the murders though the killers disavowed any and all knowledge of the business or personal dealings of their victims.
The suspects were easily tracked down by Crescent City police, the murder weapons were found in a garbage truck in front of the killers’ place of residence, and the suspects went to trial represented by a public defender.
It seemed like an open and shut case. The police actively chased the suspects to the house they lived in and actually observed them dispose of two handguns in a trash can in front of the house.
The officers knew that they couldn’t search the trash can without a warrant so they waited for the garbage truck that was two doors down to arrive, allowed the sanitation engineer to empty the can into the scoop of the truck, and then searched the scoop. The two handguns they found in the scoop were later determined to be the murder weapons.
The suspects had surrendered without a fight and refused to make statements of any kind to the police.
The prosecutor was confident going into the trial but the public defender was one step ahead of him. She argued that since the sanitation engineer hadn’t pulled the lever to empty the scoop into the holding bay of the truck, allowing the contents of the scoop to mix with the rest of the garbage in the truck, it was still the property of the defendants’ and could not be searched without a warrant. She argued that if the officers had first searched the truck, then allowed the scoop to be emptied, and THEN searched the truck again and found the guns in the second search they would be admissible as evidence against her clients, but since that was not the way it was done the guns were discovered in the course of an illegal search and therefore could not be admitted.
The judge agreed, reluctantly, and dismissed the case on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
Two murderers walked out of court free men.
Ehud had been a part of the investigation and discovery process from the moment of his arrival from Israel.
Watching the men who killed his family walk on a technicality did something to him, changed something in him.
He spent the next few days tailing the killers as they went about their business. When it became clear to him that the two men were preparing to move out of the house he made a decision. He broke into the house on a night he knew they were both home and bludgeoned them to death with a hammer.
The rage faded almost immediately afterwards. Edud dropped the hammer in the house, walked straight to the nearest police station, and turned himself in. Within fifteen minutes of his arrival at the police station he was signing his confession.
He was held without bail until his trial, at which he pleaded guilty to murder. The attorney his grandparents hired against his wishes put forth an eloquent argument regarding the circumstances surrounding the killings and Ehud’s state of mind at the time. The judge was sympathetic and sentenced Edud as leniently as he could -twelve to fifteen years in Crescent City’s Blackstone Penitentiary, eligible for parole after nine.