Using Securus Technologies to Collect Criminal Evidence
When my team of crime scene investigators are on a case, we have to be very careful about collecting the evidence in a way that is will help to put the guilty party in jail where they belong. If we take any shortcuts, we could compromise the case and a guilty party may be able to walk free when the lack of evidence crushes the prosecutors case. We were involved with a case where there was very little evidence, and the suspect was already in custody but could be free in only a few weeks.
As the case began, it became clear that the evidence collected was not going to be enough to convict the suspect. This case was going to go to the jury and they would have to make their decision based on what the police said versus the suspect. This suspect was so confident he would win the case, he begged his attorney to let him take the stand. Unless we discovered a way to get his to confess, this case would be over for the good guys.
Securus Technologies is the company that installed the call monitoring system in our jail, and officers have been using the technology to listen to the inmates when they make calls. The LBS software allows the officers the ability to listen to all the calls and to find specific chatter on a variety of subjects. We wanted to see if our suspect would say anything on the phones that could break the case. It was late one evening we heard him talking to his mother, and his brother was in the background coaching him on how to answer the lawyers questions.
As the brothers talked, they inadvertently kept talking about how they could cover-up certain events, while using information to distract the lawyer. Each time they mentioned the crime, they incriminated our suspect to the point we didn’t need any more evidence but his words.