Investigation

  EXT. LARSON DECK AND BACK YARD - LATER

               There is a table and chairs set up on the deck where the
               adults are eating. there are two picnic tables on the lawn
               for the children, who are eating lunch. the phone rings
               inside, and David gets up to answer it. He returns shortly.


                                      DAVID
                   I have to go, Em. Something has 
                   come up in the case. Kyle will have to
                   come too, Judy. I'll call if  we're going    
                   to be late getting home.
 
 David kisses Emily, then walks over to Kyle at the barbeque.
They speak for a few moments, then leave together.


INT.  CRIME INVESTIGATION LAB - DAY.

David and Kyle, Stuart, and his assistant Nathan listen to the
doctor who has performed the autopsies on the victims. 
.

                                      DOCTOR
                 The victims were burned beyond
                 recognition, so the dentification
                 Officers just put everything in the
                 vicinity of each body into the body
                 bags. It wasn't noticed that the hands 
                 of all three vivtims were bound
                 by fencing wire.There were also burnt 
                 embers of a wooden post embedded
                 in each of their backs.

                                     DAVID
                  So what you're saying doctor, is that
                  these three men were wired to a post
                  in the barn when it burned down?

                                     DOCTOR
                  That's what it looks like. They weren't
                   all male though. One was female. It 
                   was definitely murder. You say you
                   have a suspect in custody?

                                      KYLE
                   We do, but he claims that he was just
                   burning some brush on his property,
                   and it got out of control because of
                   a strong wind that had blown in from
                   the West, and burned his neighbour's
                   grain field.

                                      DAVID
                    The suspect, Simon Humes later
                     admitted that there was a legal
                     dispute between the two neighbours
                     over water rights of a stream that runs
                     through both properties. He claims he
                     couldn't save the field because the
                     neighbour had blocked off the stream.

 
                                     DOCTOR 
                    Well,  Humes could  be charged with
                    more than arson. Unless we can prove
                    that they were already dead when they
                    burned, he'll be charged with murder too.

                                        KYLE
                    Well, there's nothing more we can do
                    here, we'll do some more investigating
                    in the morning. Are you staying, Stuart?

                                        STUART
                     No, I guess I'll head home too. The
                     night shift will be working on identifying
                     the bodies. I'll see what they've come
                     up with, in the morning.

 

The End

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