Shelby man's killer gets 99 years in prison
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#1 Mar 8, 2008
The judge and prosecutors were "grandstanding for glory." There was absolutely NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE - only the rumor/hearsay of Carlin's son saying he "saw his dad washing a gun;" and even that piece of the story morphed over several iterations.
Whether guilty or not, it was NOT PROVED "BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT."
This case is SO VERY RIPE for appeal; and I predict will be overturned on appeal. The jury also was playing to the media - they did NOT do their job - because, if there is ANY doubt, even a "SHADOW," you must return 'not guilty.'
It's fully plausible that, yes, Leppink did have someone kill him, so that it would be pinned on Mechele, whom he realized he could never have.
Also fully plausible that Carlin acted alone and wants to implicate Mechele; and that he was jealous that she ever had anything to do with Leppink.
Personally, I think both Carlin and Leppink were still vying for Mechele's affections, and they BOTH probably were, in some form or fashion, "stalking" her; and Carlin got fed up with it; and made sure Leppink could never bother her again.
I doubt Mechele even knew. If so, why did Carlin never say, "We planned it;" or "she planned it?" Nope - only very recently has he magically "regained" some so-called [memory], and his story still conflicts with that of his son's.
WAY too many inconsistencies.
Is she guilty - maybe - but it never was proven - that was one of the weakest cases I've ever seen; and most of the time, I 'agree' with the outcome.
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