A real estate agent is found murdered in an elevator.
On February 9, 1995, at 7:00 A.M., attorney Clint Blackman arrived at his office building in Dallas, Texas. He bypassed the notoriously slow elevator and took the stairs to the third floor.
At 7:30, Juanita Lackey arrived without her keys. Secretary Roxanne Lederman let her in. When they went to use the elevator, the women found a body inside. Clint Blackman recalled the incident:
The body appeared to be that of David Merrifield, one of Clint Blackman’s colleagues and a partner in the law firm of Smith, Merrifield, and Richards. He had been shot in the back of the head, execution style. He left behind two children and a new bride of only three months.
Because David’s wallet was taken, Sgt. Jerry W. King of the Dallas Police thought it might be a robbery. But his opinion changed once the wallet was found:
As police dug deeper, they learned that the day before he was murdered, David received four phone calls from a mysterious stranger named Sam Jones. David’s co-worker, Jennifer Wanamaker, remembered the call vividly:
Sgt. King suspected that Sam Jones was an alias:
Clint Blackman found the time of the meeting unusual:
Sgt. King theorized that the killer insisted on an early meeting in order to get David alone: