In September of 2016, as reported by the USA Herald, Andrew Crawford (Leo’s attorney) filed a motion to present new evidence. In a phone call, witnessed and sworn to by Sean Costis (another attorney unrelated to the case), Jeremy Scott confessed to Michelle Schofield’s murder.
When asked to comment on this new information, Polk State Attorney Jerry Hill stated that the confession was “legally insufficient” without a recording or sworn statement.
A hearing was granted, and on October 12 and 13th, Leo and Jeremy would once again see each other in a court room.
On October 4, 2017, the week before the evidentiary hearing, Jeremy Scott told private investigator Patrick McKenna in a recorded statement that he killed Michelle Schofield.
The USA Herald has obtained that statement from Jeremy Scott. In it, he details the manner and method of the grisly murder, saying that he would be willing to “take a polygraph.”
In the last moments of Michelle’s life, Jeremy Scott said that she offered him a ride. He directed her to a popular make-out spot by the canal. According to Scott, a large hunting knife fell out of his pocket and Michelle – frightened by the knife – began striking him. Scott, admitting that he had been “drinking, popping pills all night,” says, “and next thing I know I lost it, you know, and next I know it I done stabbed her.”