As Avalon proceeded, Scott revealed that prior to the 2010 hearing, Prosecutor John Aguero had an unrecorded meeting with Scott where “[Aguero] told me to stay — keep the same story I had about the — about the robbery of the car. And I did.”
Apparently, Scott had been under the impression that Aguero could influence an upcoming parole hearing. After saying he lied under oath at the 2010 hearing, Scott said “I was trying — I was trying to get — I was trying to get out of prison.”
Jeremy Scott’s life in prison has been one of loneliness and solitude. His violent tendencies tend to put him on the wrong side of his fellow inmates as well as the officers tasked with supervising him. The only family contact he has maintained, the records show, was his grandmother, who passed away a couple of years ago.
Avalon questions him about her, in a sudden change of pace asking, “your grandmother’s dead right?”
Scott responded angrily, “What’s – leave her out of this.”
Avalon continued, “She’s the only that cared about you, wasn’t she?” “No one’s sending you any money, correct?” “This whole courtroom of people, nobody’s here for you, are they?” “You can’t even afford to buy deodorant, can you?” “You’re a lifer.”
At one point Avalon asks, “[Death row] would be a blessing, right?”
As she continued to paint him as a lonely inmate, desperate to get something, anything, out of a confession, Scott continued to insist that he had not been offered anything by Leo Schofield’s attorneys.
Scott’s grandmother makes another appearance, as Avalon asks about a recorded phone conversation he had with his grandmother in 2010. Avalon asks, “You told your grandmother that the only thing you could think of was that you broke into the car, right?”
After Scott confirmed this was true, Avalon went for the jugular. “You didn’t tell your grandmother, the only person who cared about you in the whole world, that you killed that girl, did you?
“You lied to your grandmother, Mr. Scott, didn’t you?”
At this point, Scott fought back tears, saying, “I don’t want to answer that question.”
After being informed by Judge Kevin J. Abdoney that he had to answer, Scott finally said, “I ain’t lied to my grandma.”
Avalon continued to question Jeremy Scott in similar fashion for almost two hours, demanding specific details from Scott about the 30-year-old case and questioning discrepancies in his account.
Finally, as the grueling interrogation drew to a close, Avalon showed Scott a grisly picture of Michelle’s decayed body, which had been floating in the canal for . She asked him, “…is this what you did to her?”
“No, I didn’t do that.” He replied.
Upon cross-examination, Scott clarified that he did not want to look at the picture, saying, “no, I don’t mind looking at dead people, but no, not like that.”
After Scott admitted to being ashamed of the murder, Defense Attorney Seth Miller asked, “That’s why you didn’t want to look at the picture and that’s why you gave that answer to Ms. Avalon; is that correct?”
As his two-hour long interrogation session came to a close, Jeremy Scott responded, “I killed her.”
Both sides have agreed to file written closing statements and will turn them in today. Leo Schofield, the model prisoner, the man who has maintained his innocence, now awaits Judge Abdoney’s decision.
Leo, true to form, chooses to remain positive.
“It’s a God story. This whole thing doesn’t happen without the prayer room. It’s not just about my freedom, but about deliverance for a tortured soul. Jeremy confessed because he wants to be free from guilt. One thing is unequivocally true – I am not guilty of any crime against Michelle. My belief is God has this in the hands of a very attentive judge that paid attention to the details. I’m trusting in God to help that judge make the right decision. If I get out I want to take the time to heal. I’m planning on doing that by staying close to my family. I am old now. I just want to be ok. I deserve freedom, Michelle deserves justice, and maybe in the end Jeremy can find peace for his tortured soul.” – Leo Schofield
Leo’s adopted daughter Ashley Schofield also remains positive, but desperately wants her father to be released.
“I hope the judge takes into consideration that my dad is an honest man with integrity, and he has a lot of family and friends that support him, believe him, and are standing side by side with him.” -Ashley Schofield