After the officers took Noah away, Alissa expected Sharlee to be a mass of tears. Although clearly upset, Sharlee was surprisingly calm. She knew that she had to get well to help Noah fight the charges.
“Daddy we have to get Noah a lawyer.”
“I don’t understand what’s going on Sharlee. Do you know anything about this?”
“Dad, if ever there was a time that you needed to trust me, now is it. Believe me when I tell you that if it weren’t for Noah, I would not be sitting here right now! You would probably have never seen me again. I can’t tell you anymore than that before I speak with his lawyer.”
“Noah doesn’t have a good relationship with his parents. Please help him Daddy. If it’s the money, I promise that I will pay you back as soon as I can. I’ll get a job. I promise that I’ll pay back every penny!”
“It’s not the money, Sharlee.”
Alissa looked at Dale. She knew what it was like to be in trouble and not have anyone to turn to. Of course she and Noah did not have the same problem, but she was alone at his age too.
“Dale you helped me when you didn’t even know me. You didn’t know what kind of person that I was. Your instinct told you that I had a good heart. Well I believe that Noah has a good heart. If he didn’t, Sharlee wouldn’t love him as much as she does. We have to help him.”
“Are you okay, Sharlee?”
“Yes. Please don’t worry about me now Noah. Just concentrate on taking care of yourself. My Dad is getting you a lawyer.”
However he could hear the strain in Sharlee’s voice. He knew that whether or not he’d get a good public defender was a crap shoot. Some were good and cared, others didn’t.
The officer signaled to Noah that his time was up.
“I have to go now Sharlee. Please take care of yourself.”
“You too, Noah! I love you!”
“I love you too.”
Their call was disconnected and Noah was taken back to his cell.
“I’ve been a really lucky girl. I have the best family and two parents who I know love me unconditionally. Sometimes I thought that things were hard. Like when we thought that Dad was dead, but we got him back.”
She paused and then continued speaking. “Noah hasn’t had it so easy, but despite everything he is still loyal and loving. Even in jail, he is more worried about me than himself! He likes for everyone to think he’s tough. He is when he needs to be, but he’s much more than that though. Life hasn’t given him what he deserves.”
Matthew and Alissa looked at one another surprised by what she said. Alissa was fighting tears. She didn’t want to cry in front of Sharlee because she knew that Sharlee was trying to be strong for Noah. So she left the room.
Alissa nodded her head yes. She wiped away her tears.
“I got a call from the attorney that we hired for Noah. He is coming this evening to take a statement from Sharlee. I told him that it was okay as long as they don’t make it too long. He suggested that we consult with an attorney for Sharlee as well.”
Matthew asked him, “Why does Sharlee need an attorney?”
Dale continued. “He said that she would need to talk with an attorney before he can tell us anything. I called Regina Marris, and she’s on her way to talk with Sharlee now.”
“It is in Noah’s best interest as well as your own that you speak with no one else outside of myself and your own attorney about that night. That also includes Noah. Do you agree with that advice Ms. Marris?”
The next day a representative from the Bridgeport DA’s office came to take her statement. Once again her attorney was present. Ms. Marris instructed Sharlee to fully cooperate by answering all questions asked. However she was under no legal obligation to volunteer information that she wasn’t asked.
After the interview was over, Sharlee was trembling and her temperature spiked. She was supposed to be released from the hospital that afternoon, but her Doctor decided that she needed to remain for another night.
Noah lay on the bed in his cell staring at the bottom of the bed above him, but not really seeing it. He hadn’t been able to speak with Sharlee but once since they had locked him up. He’d finally thought that his life was on track, and now that he had Sharlee, maybe he would really have a chance to be happy.
He should have known that something would happen to ruin it. People like him weren’t meant to be happy. He just wished that he hadn’t pulled Sharlee down with him!
His bond hearing was set for the next day. He had insisted that his lawyer not tell Sharlee about it. He knew that she would try to be there even though she wasn’t well enough. To him there was no point in having the hearing, since he didn’t have the money to pay the bond. Even if his parents had wanted to, there was no way that they could pay it either.
The next morning, Sharlee was released from the hospital. It would still be a few days before she could return to her light activities and a few weeks before she could begin doing all of her activities again. She lay on her bed worrying about Noah. She felt helpless.
After accepting Noah’s case, Phillip Rivera immediately began working. He couldn’t understand why the DA was going after Noah so strongly for the death of a Hood like Mickey Parks. He sent out feelers to the DA’s office in Bridgeport to see if a plea agreement could be reached. He was surprised when he was told that there would be no deal offered. Not only that, but that the case was quickly going to trial.
He also learned that the DA was considering charges against Sharlee for obstruction of justice. She had witnessed a crime and had not reported it. There was knock on his office door.
He called out, “Yes!”
Phillip suddenly understood. The DA had decided to use Noah as an example.
“You know the rock star, Lola Belle? Her son was robbed recently. So the bigwigs in Bridgeport are all up in arms over the gangs even though it isn’t known for sure that the guys who robbed the boy were members of a gang. Also the DA is up for reelection next year.”
Getting Noah off was going to be much harder than they had thought.
“Get me Stiles. I want him assigned as the investigator on this case. Noah said that Mickey had taken other girls. We need to find out what’s happened to them and get one of them to testify. Sharlee’s word isn’t going to be enough. Especially when they hear that she’s Noah’s girlfriend. The jury will think that she’s biased.”
Trina told him, “Yes. We already know that they will take Ton’s testimony with a grain of salt. The prosecution will bring out his entire rap sheet. Monty Clemont is turning state’s evidence too.”
“Yeah. Noah doesn’t understand why Monty’s turning on him too. Who knows! Maybe it’s jealousy, or maybe the DA is offering him a deal. I want Stiles to investigate Monty too.”
“There are also charges being brought against Noah for assaulting two students at his high school.”
A special thanks to Kiddo for making hospital poses for me. They are just what I needed!