One of my jobs as a crime scene investigator is to go wherever necessary to collect evidence of a crime. If a suspect is in custody, then I have to make sure that I collect the evidence in a way that will help the police get the conviction. If my work is sloppy or the evidence is not substantial, the lawyers could have the case tossed due to insufficient evidence. This month we were in a very bad spot because all the signs pointed to the scene being cleaned by the suspect, so we were working with barely anything for that conviction.
It was clear from the start that the suspect had a hand in cleaning the crime scene and eliminating key evidence. We knew he had to have help because he was arrested almost immediately after the crime, yet we could not come up with the weapons and tools used in the crime. With the suspect in jail and the case pending, we knew that we had only a limited amount of time to locate the proof or the suspect would eventually be free due to lack of evidence.
When we learned the prison had Securus Technologies install their inmate call monitoring system throughout the facility, we thought that we might have a chance at getting that evidence another way. We let our suspect know we were in the jail, and we began asking questions and letting other inmates know we were close to breaking the case. The word would get to our suspect, who we hoped would run to the phones. As expected, he reached out over the phone to his family and began inquiring if they took care of all the things he asked. When there was apprehension, he told his brother it needed to be done now before my team found it.
Thanks to Securus Technologies, we did a stake-out and the brother lead us right to the evidence we needed.