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#407 : Faute de preuves

Les enquêteurs soupçonnent Michael Fife d'être coupable du viol et de l'assassinat de Rachel Lyford. Ils possèdent des éléments solides pour l'inculper mais, lors du procès, les choses ne se passent malheureusement pas comme prévu. L'arme du crime et une serviette tachée de sang ont été découvertes dans le véhicule de Fife, mais selon la défense, ces éléments sont irrecevables, car la fouille orchestrée par Warrick était illégale. Le juge donne raison à la défense et demande aux enquêteurs de trouver d'autres preuves. Ils n'ont que 24 heures pour présenter de nouveaux éléments. S'ils n'y parviennent pas, l'affaire sera classée sans suite. 

Titre VO
Invisible Evidence

Titre VF
Faute de preuves

Première diffusion
13.11.2003

Première diffusion en France
21.02.2004

Plus de détails

Écrit par : Josh Berman
Réalisé par : Danny Cannon 

Avec : Xander Berkley (Sheriff Rory Atwater), Wallace Langham (Hodges), Romy Rosemont (Jacqui Franco), David Berman (David Phillips), Victoria Prescott (Judy Tremont), Larry Sullivan (Officier Akers), James Patrick Stuart (Adam Matthews)  

Guests :

  • Christian Camargo ..... Michael Fife 
  • Lochlyn Munro ..... Officier Hal Watson 
  • James Marshall ..... Gary Quinn 
  • Erik Jensen ..... Jeffrey Sinclair
  • Andrea Roth ..... Officier Kelly Ray 
  • Kayren Butler ..... Rita Lyford 
  • Michael Ensign ..... Juge Brenner 
  • David Labiosa ..... Gérant de la Laverie Automatique 
  • Gary Anthony Williams ..... Flatbed Driver 
  • Palmer Davis ..... Margaret Finn 
  • Autumn Reeser ..... Rachel Lyford 

COLD OPEN:

[EXT. VARIOUS LAS VEGAS (STOCK) - DAY]

CUT TO:

[INT. JUDGE BRENNER'S COURTROOM -- DAY]  

(WARRICK is on the stand.)

WARRICK:  I searched the vehicle at the CSI garage.  I discovered the knife under the passenger's seat.

PROSECUTOR:  Now, is this the knife you found?

(The PROSECUTOR hands the container with the knife to WARRICK.  He looks at it.)

WARRICK:  Yes, it is.

PROSECUTOR:  Hmm.  Who was the registered owner of the vehicle?

WARRICK:  Michael Fife, the defendant.

(They glance over at the Defense Table.)

PROSECUTOR:  Please describe the physical condition of the knife when you discovered it.

WARRICK:  The knife was wrapped in a white towel.  Both the towel and the knife were caked with dried blood.

PROSECUTOR:  And how did you process this evidence?

WARRICK:  I swabbed the blood and sent a sample to the DNA lab.  The lab technician ran the sample through CODIS.  The DNA sample was a match to a recent rape and homicide victim, Rachel Lyford.

PROSECUTOR:  Rachel Lyford who lived in unit seven of the Saturn Arms apartment complex.  The same complex as the defendant?

WARRICK:  That's correct.

PROSECUTOR:  Is this knife consistent in size and shape to the fatal wounds sustained by Rachel Lyford?

WARRICK:  Yes, it is.

PROSECUTOR:  Thank you.  Your honor, we have no further questions for CSI Brown.

JUDGE BRENNER:  Mr. Matthews.

(The DEFENSE ATTORNEY stands and walks forward.)

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  Mr. Brown, you stated that you found the knife in Mr. Fife's vehicle.  Is that correct?

WARRICK:  Yes, that's correct.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  Why did you search his vehicle?

WARRICK:  I received a call from Officer Watson.  He informed me that he had pulled the defendant over to cite him for a broken taillight.  After running his plates, it was discovered that the defendant had an outstanding warrant for drugs.  He then arrested Mr. Fife and ordered a respond and tow.  At which point, he asked me to search the vehicle for drugs.  That's when I found the knife.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  Mm-hmm.  At what point did you secure the warrant to search Mr. Fife's vehicle?

WARRICK:  Officer Watson would have secured the warrant prior to calling me.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  Officer Watson never secured a warrant.  

(GRISSOM and WARRICK both look alarmed at this development.)

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  Did you?

WARRICK:  No.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  Your honor, the knife is a product of an unlawful search, and under NRS Chapter 179, we submit the knife and the towel be ruled inadmissible.  Furthermore, all evidence acquired as a result of the seizure must at this time be excluded.

JUDGE BRENNER:  So ruled.  Fruit of the poisonous tree.  What else do you have?

(The PROSECUTOR gets to his feet.)

PROSECUTOR:  Additional evidence is pending.  The knife would've been more than sufficient for the purpose of a prelim.

JUDGE BRENNER:  You have no other evidence to present?

PROSECUTOR:  Not at this time.

JUDGE BRENNER:  I find insufficient evidence to hold the defendant over for trial.  He's free to go.

PROSECUTOR:  Your honor, the defendant is accused of raping and killing a 19-year-old woman.  You can't just let him back on the street.

JUDGE BRENNER:  Are you suggesting that I violate his constitutional rights, counselor?

(GRISSOM stands up and leans toward the PROSECUTOR.)

GRISSOM:  (whispers)  Ask him for 24 hours.  

PROSECUTOR:  Your honor, we received no prior notice of this motion.  Um ... we would ask for a continuance and opportunity to reopen.

(beat)

PROSECUTOR:  We're only asking for 24 hours.

JUDGE BRENNER:  Okay.  If you can't make your case, Mr. Fife walks.  We will recess for 24 hours.

(The JUDGE bangs his gavel and court is adjourned.  WARRICK picks up the knife container off of the witness counter and heads toward GRISSOM.)  

GRISSOM:  The murder weapon's been excluded, that's all.  We still have a lab full of evidence we can process.

WARRICK:  We've been completely blind-sided here.

(OFFICER WATSON interrupts them.)

OFFICER WATSON:  Brown, what is going on?

WARRICK:  You got to be kidding me.

OFFICER WATSON:  You were unprepared.  All the evidence you CSIs collect, and all you bring into this courtroom is a knife?  Come on.

WARRICK:  I found the knife.  I processed the knife.  I presented the knife. All you had to do was the paperwork.

OFFICER WATSON:  Yeah, blame it on the cop, huh?  Look, you wouldn't even have a suspect if I didn't pull that guy over.

WARRICK:  If you'd've followed protocol, our suspect would be going to trial.

(GRISSOM holds up a hand to OFFICER WATSON.)

GRISSOM:  If you have a problem with CSI, file a complaint -- we're busy.

(OFFICER WATSON sighs and steps away.  GRISSOM and WARRICK head out of the courtroom.)

WARRICK:  What about what you said about never rushing evidence?

GRISSOM:  Well, for the next 24 hours, we're breaking the rules.

(They walk out of camera frame.)

HARD CUT TO
END OF TEASER
ROLL TITLE CREDITS

(COMMERCIAL SET)


FADE IN.

[INT. CSI - HALLWAY -- AFTERNOON]  

CLOCK:  5:04 P.M.

(GRISSOM and WARRICK walk through the hallway and meet up with SHERIFF RORY ATWATER.)  

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  Grissom.

GRISSOM:  Sheriff.  We need to talk ... (waves a finger at WARRICK)  ... about him.

WARRICK:  Nice to finally meet you, too, Sheriff.

GRISSOM:  (to WARRICK)  Why don't you go ahead and start the briefing?  I'll be in in a minute.

WARRICK:  Yeah.

(WARRICK leaves.)

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  Where to?

(GRISSOM shows THE SHERIFF to the office.)

CUT TO:


[LOCKER ROOM - CONTINUOUS]

(WARRICK bangs his forehead in frustration against the locker door.  Feeling the weight of the case on his shoulders, he takes a moment and sits there.)

CUT TO:


[GRISSOM'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS]

(SHERIFF RORY ATWATER and GRISSOM walk into his office.  GRISSOM heads for his desk while the SHERIFF looks at the things on the office shelves.)

GRISSOM:  Warrick Brown followed protocol.  You cannot pin this mess on him.

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  Warrick Brown was on the stand.  He's the face of the case.  It's all about perception.  If Fife walks, the public only hears one thing -- "evidence against a killer was thrown out of court because CSI conducted an improper search."

GRISSOM:  You think I don't know that?

(The SHERRIF points to the pig fetus in a bottle on the shelf.)

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  What the hell is this?

GRISSOM:  It's irradiated fetal pig.  I used the tissue to determine the effects of radiation ...

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  (interrupts)  Look, Grissom, you and your team have done exemplary work.  

(He takes a seat at GRISSOM'S desk.)

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  Thanks to the crime lab, some very difficult cases have gone our way.  You've elevated the status of the whole bureau.

GRISSOM:  Uh-huh.  Then why are you here?

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  I'm holding a press conference in an hour where I'll be telling the media that this case is under your purview.

(GRISSOM chuckles.)

GRISSOM:  Oh, it is about perception, isn't it?

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  Glad we understand each other.  

(GRISSOM nods.)

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  Uh... why don't you call my office next week?  (whispers) Put a little lunch on the books, hmm?

(The SHERIFF gets to his feet and heads for the door.)

GRISSOM:  I work nights.

(The SHERIFF turns around to look at GRISSOM.)

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  So make it a dinner.

(The SHERIFF leaves the office.)

CUT TO:


[INT. CSI - CONFERENCE ROOM -- EVENING]  

CLOCK:  5:15 P.M.
CLOCK:  5:16 P.M.

(WARRICK conducts the meeting.)  

WARRICK:  Impound towed the vehicle to the garage.  Michael Fife's outstanding warrant was for marijuana possession, so that's what I was looking for.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. CSI - GARAGE]  WARRICK searches the back seat of the car and finds the bloodied knife wrapped in the towel under the seat.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

WARRICK:  I swabbed the knife and I sent the blood sample to Greg.

GREG:  I ran it through CODIS and matched it to another case.

CATHERINE:  My case.  Rachel Lyford, 19.  Murdered in her apartment.

(CATHERINE hands out some papers to everyone.)

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. SATURN ARMS APT]  RACHEL LYFORD is dead on the bed.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

CATHERINE:  The assistant coroner examined the body.  Based on the vaginal introitus, he suspected rape.  I processed the scene.  There was nothing probative. There were no prints, no DNA.  Everything I collected is in the vault.

SARA:  Now, once Warrick found the knife, the D.A. thought there was sufficient probable cause and rushed the prelim.

(GRISSOM walks to the room and lingers in the doorway.)

CATHERINE:  Further processing of the evidence became a low priority, pending the trial date.

GRISSOM:  This is a rush case.  Everyone's in the pool for 24 hours.  Warrick, you need to see Robbins.  Have him walk you through his notes on the autopsy.  Nick, Sara, the Judge issued a warrant for Fife's vehicle.  Detail is towing it back to our garage.

NICK:  Hold on.  Warrick's already searched the car and the knife's been excluded.  What exactly are we hoping to find?

GRISSOM:  I don't know.  But the knife and the towel are invisible evidence.  The jury will never see them.  So we have to find something that's visible.

SARA:  Uh, listen, I recognize the importance of this, but I'm in the middle of my own homicide investigation.

GRISSOM:  I'll talk to your detective.  Explain the deal.

SARA:  Well, it's not about the detective.  It's about my own responsibility.

GRISSOM:  (firmly)  I'm handing out assignments, Sara.  It's not a negotiation.

CATHERINE:  I'll go back to the scene and look at it with fresh eyes.

GRISSOM:  Deadline's 4:00 P.M. Tomorrow.  "Once more into the breach."

[Note:  Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1, Wm. Shakespeare.]

CUT TO:


[EXT. LAS VEGAS CITY (STOCK) - AFTERNOON]


[EXT. CSI - GARAGE -- AFTERNOON]  

CLOCK:  6:18 PM

(NICK and SARA wait for auto detail to bring the car.  SARA leans against the wire fence, still perturbed by the meeting.  NICK finishes his phone call and walks toward her.)

NICK:  That was auto detail.  There's a traffic jam on Flamingo.  Tow truck should be here any second.

SARA:  You know what pisses me off?

NICK:  Lots of things.

SARA:  (ignoring him)  Victims aren't equal.  High profile cases get priority.

NICK:  A ticking clock gets priority.

SARA:  Every case is a ticking clock.  The only difference between a cold case and a hot case is time.  

NICK:  I don't care if you're working on the hottest case of your career.  If your supervisor tells you to leave a scene to go wash his car, you do it.  

(SARA looks at NICK.  She can't believe what she just heard.)

NICK:  (clarifies)  You don't have a career without a job.

(AUTO DETAIL arrives with the car.  Or what's left of the car.)  

AUTO DETAIL:  Heard you're on a rush.  Sorry.

NICK:  That's not the right car, man.

(He checks his chart.)  

AUTO DETAIL:  Uh, registered owner Michael Fife, BMW 325.  Impounded ten days
ago.

SRA:  What the hell happened?

AUTO DETAIL:  It's been pancaked.

NICK:  We can see that.  Why?

AUTO DETAIL:  Hey, I just move 'em.

NICK:  This is evidence in an active investigation.  

AUTO DETAIL:  Paperwork mix-up?

SARA:  Or some moron checked the wrong box.  You can just unload it here.

AUTO DETAIL:  Sign here.  I got to get back to the lot.

(SARA signs the paper and hands it back to AUTO DETAIL.)

SARA:  Thanks.

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - FORENSIC AUTOPSY]  

(ROBBINS goes over the autopsy photographs with WARRICK.)  

ROBBINS:  Body was released last week.  Cremated at Desert Haven. I.D.'d by the
sister, pretty girl.  Couldn't stop crying.

WARRICK:  Yeah, Rita.  They were real close.  Lived together up until a couple
months ago.  These stab wounds look like they're limited to the neck and upper
torso area, huh?

ROBBINS:  Fatal stab was to the left side of the neck.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. SATURN ARMS APTS]  RACHEL LYFORD fights as she gets
stabbed.)

ROBBINS:  (v.o.)  The blade traversed the subcutaneous tissue,

(Quick CGI POV to:  The knife cuts through her flesh.  Close up of the knife
sinking in through muscle and blood.  Nice squishy sound effects for added
viewing pleasure.)

ROBBINS:  (v.o.)  ... sternocleido-mastoid muscle, jugular venous complex,

(End of CGI POV.  Resume to present.)

ROBBINS:  ... the carotid artery and the vagus nerve.  She bled right out.  
Raped.  No semen in the vaginal vault.  I don't know if it's relevant, but check
out the abrasion.  There was something around her neck.

WARRICK:  Noted.  What is this foreign substance on her wrist?

(WARRICK points to something in the photo.)

ROBBINS:  Pre-autopsy.  David snapped the photo before he washed her body.  He's
in clean up.

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - FORENSIC AUTOPSY]  

(WARRICK walks into the room.  DAVID PHILLIPS is at the stove boiling something
in a large pot.)  

WARRICK:  Bringing your laundry to work again, David?

(He lifts up the heavy bone and shows it to WARRICK.)

DAVID PHILLIPS:  I'm cleaning a pelvis.

WARRICK:  Great.  I'm here about one Rachel Lyford.  You prepped her body?

DAVID PHILLIPS:  Yeah, ten days ago.  I thought it was Catherine's case.

WARRICK:  It's mine now.  You notice this foreign substance on her wrists?

(WARRICK shows the photograph to DAVID and points to the substance.)

DAVID PHILLIPS:  It was flaky.  Like the glaze on a doughnut?  I sent a sample
to trace.

WARRICK:  Trace.  Thanks.  You're the man.  Have fun.

(WARRICK leaves the room.)

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - TRACE LAB -- NIGHT]  

CLOCK:  7:13 P.M.

(WARRICK walks into trace, but before he can say anything, DAVID HODGES answers
his question as he looks through the scope.  He doesn't even lift his head up.)  

DAVID HODGES:  Sample's still running through the GCMS.  I'll let you know.

WARRICK:  How'd you know that I was...

(HODGES looks at WARRICK.)

DAVID HODGES:  (interrupts)  4-1-1 from David.  (drawls)  Hey, I heard about
court today.  Must have been embarrassing, huh?

WARRICK:  Hodges, why'd you leave L.A. Again?  Never mind, it's probably none of
my business.

(WARRICK leaves trace and walks out into the hallway.)

[INT. CSI - HALLWAY - NIGHT -- CONTINUOUS]  

(BRASS calls out to WARRICK.)  

BRASS:  Hey, Rick, you okay?  'Cause I'm here to drop some more pressure on you.

WARRICK:  Yeah?

(They both continue down the hallway.)

BRASS:  Rachel Lyford's sister showed up at the police station.  Man, she was
angry.  She was firing on all cylinders.

WARRICK:  I don't blame her.

BRASS:  Apparently, Rachel wore a silver chain around her neck.  It wasn't with
her personal effects.  (WARRICK flips through the file folder in his hand.)  Had
her father's army dog tags on it and the family wants it back.

WARRICK:  You came all the way over here for dog tags?

BRASS:  Well ... the Sheriff asked me to find it.  You know, Rory Atwater's been
in office for - what? -- Four months, so it's political.  He doesn't want the
victim's sister bad-mouthing his department.

WARRICK:  Mm-hmm.  Check it out.

(WARRICK shows BRASS the photo of the abrasions on RACHEL LYFORD'S neck.)

BRASS:  Mm-hmm.

WARRICK:  Dr. Robbins found consistent abrasions on the back of her neck, so ...
that's probably your chain.

BRASS:  Uh-huh.  Okay.  Killer took a souvenir.  I'll let the Sheriff know.  
Thanks.

WARRICK:  All right.

(BRASS turns back; WARRICK moves forward through the hallway.)

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - LAYOUT ROOM -- NIGHT]  

(GRISSOM dusts a beer bottle.  WARRICK enters the room.)  

WARRICK:  What do you got?

GRISSOM:  Got a print off this bottle I found in the garbage.  It was the only
bottle like it.  None others in the apartment.

WARRICK:  Need a hand?

GRISSOM:  You could do the sheets.

WARRICK:  Done.

(WARRICK grabs a set of gloves to put on as GRISSOM tapes the print.  WARRICK
looks at the knives on the table.)  

WARRICK:  You know, the steak knife I found in that car matches that set.

GRISSOM:  We only found five knives in Rachel's kitchen.

WARRICK:  Five's an odd number of steak knives.

GRISSOM:  Exactly.  Weapon of opportunity, perhaps?

WARRICK:  Perhaps.

(WARRICK glances up at the clock:  It's 7:49 PM.  He turns to work on the
sheets.)  

(WARRICK spreads the sheet out on the table and sees something smudged in with
the blood.  He picks up a magnifying glass to look at it.)  

WARRICK:  Grissom, what do you make of this?  We noted a similar type substance
on the girl's wrists.

(He hands the glass to GRISSOM to look at.)

GRISSOM:  Doesn't look like it belongs on the victim or her sheets.

(WARRICK glances up at the clock again.  This time, GRISSOM notices the
movement.  It's still 7:49 P.M.)  

(GRISSOM turns to look at WARRICK.)  

GRISSOM:  Stop it.

WARRICK:  What?

GRISSOM:  Watching the clock.

(WARRICK takes a swab sample of the substance on the sheet.)

WARRICK:  (frustrated)  It's just that new evidence is coming in and the old
evidence hasn't even been processed yet.  We're running out of time here, you
know?

GRISSOM:  If you're watching the clock, you're not watching the case.

WARRICK:  Well, not even you can stop time.

(GRISSOM and WARRICK share a look.  Camera holds on WARRICK.)

FADE OUT

(COMMERCIAL SET)



FADE IN.

[EXT. SATURN ARMS APARTMENTS - POOLSIDE -- NIGHT]



[INT. SATURN ARMS APARTMENTS - RACHEL LYFORD'S APT. -- NIGHT]  

(The WOMAN OFFICER lets CATHERINE into the apartment.)  

CATHERINE:  Thank you.

(CATHERINE looks around the place.)

CATHERINE:  Oh ... I remember now.

(CATHERINE puts her kit down and starts to look around the apartment.  The WOMAN
OFFICER follows her inside, keeping close.)

(CATHERINE looks from the refrigerator to the table with an oversized softcover
book on it, "The Fifth Sacred Thing", by Starhawk.  She reaches down and flips
through it.)

WOMAN OFFICER:  I'm reading the same book.

CATHERINE:  Really? Any good?

WOMAN OFFICER:  Yeah, so far.

(CATHERINE leaves the kitchen area and walks over to the bed.  She kneels down
and looks at the blood on the mattress.  The phone rings, startling CATHERINE.)

RACHEL LYFORD (ANSWERING MACHINE):  Hi, it's Rachel.  Sorry I missed your call.  
I promise to get back to you as soon as I can.  Have a great day.

(The machine beeps.)

WALTER BURR:  (answering machine)  Hey, Rachel.  It's Walter. Walter Burr.  We
exchanged numbers at Diane's party a few weeks ago.  Anyway, just thought you
might want to grab a drink sometime.  So, give me a call.

(CATHERINE stands up and looks around.)

CATHERINE:  I processed this place for twelve straight hours.  I never took a
break.  Couldn't eat.

OFFICER (WOMAN):  Yeah, my sister calls that the CSI diet.  She's a CSI out in
Bakersfield.  (proudly)  Whole family wears a badge.

(CATHERINE smiles and sighs.)

OFFICER (WOMAN):  If you want to ALS again, I'll grab the lights.

CATHERINE:  No, I went over every square inch of this place.  I did the
mattress, the sheets, the floors, the cabinets.  If the rapist ejaculated, he
was smart enough to use a condom.

OFFICER (WOMAN):  I'm no expert, but most guys can't wait to take off their
rubber jacket.  You check the wastebasket?

CATHERINE:  Yeah, I did, but ...

(Something occurs to her.)

CATHERINE:  Not every guy uses the trash.

[BATHROOM]

(CATHERINE walks into the bathroom with the ALS.  The WOMAN OFFICER follows her.  
CATHERINE puts her kit down and lifts up the seat.  She checks the porcelain and
finds a semen stain on the handle.)  

CATHERINE:  Guy had sticky fingers.

OFFICER (WOMAN):  Semen?

(Quick flashback to:  The RAPIST drops the condom into the toilet, then flushes
it.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

(CATHERINE takes out a swab.)

CATHERINE:  Oh, yeah.  Fresh eyes, new evidence.

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - GARAGE -- NIGHT]  

(NICK uses a large hand-held device to pry up and open portions of the car while
SARA inserts inflatable pads in the pockets.)

(Various cuts of NICK and SARA preparing the car.)

(When the inflatable pads are positioned, SARA attaches a hose to the pads and
inflates them, lifting the car roof up a bit.)

(SARA and NICK remove the inflatable pads.)

SARA:  I think we're done.

NICK:  Then let's get started.

(They both take out their flashlights and start checking the inside of the car.  
SARA finds something on the front seat floor.)

NICK:  What do you got?

(SARA holds up a red and white parking placard:
     SATURN ARMS
     PARKING PERMIT
     4-R
     BPA ...                                              )

SARA:  Parking placard.  "Saturn Arms."  It was affixed to the rearview mirror.  
It's the same kind of permit we use at my apartment building.

NICK:  Hmm.

(NICK looks around and finds some fiber with blood on it.  He picks it up.)  

NICK:  White threads...

SARA:  It is impossible to trace the source of a white thread.

NICK:  Reddish-brown stain consistent with blood.

SARA:  Really?

NICK:  Mmm.

SARA:  That could match the bloody towel that Warrick found.

NICK:  Well, the towel is inadmissible, but the threads are still fair game.

(SARA nods.)

NICK:  So ... you still upset about your case being put on hold?

(SARA rolls her eyes and glares at NICK.  NICK chuckles mischievously at her.)

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - PRINT LAB -- NIGHT]  

(WARRICK walks into the print lab.)  

WARRICK:  Jacqui Franco.

JACQUI FRANCO:  You responded to my page in under 45 seconds.  Gotta be a
record.

WARRICK:  Tell me you've found something probative.

JACQUI FRANCO:  Extremely probative.  Grissom lifted a print off a beer bottle
Catherine found in Rachel Lyford's trash.  Print matches your suspect.

(JACQUI FRANCO hands the print results to WARRICK.)

WARRICK:  Oh, wicked.  You know, in the pretrial interview, fife denied ever
being in the victim's apartment.

JACQUI FRANCO:  Let him try to deny the print.

WARRICK:  Thank you.

(WARRICK leaves the lab.)

JACQUI FRANCO:  Mm-hmm.

CUT TO:



[INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT - INTERVIEW ROOM -- NIGHT]  

(BRASS and WARRICK re-interview MICHAEL FIFE in the presence of his attorney
MATTHEWS.)  

BRASS:  Counselor, your client's rights ...

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  Detective, let me finish.

BRASS:  ... Will not be violated.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  I want it on the record that my client has been
advised not to take this meeting.

MICHAEL FIFE:  I want to hear what they have to say.

WARRICK:  Several hours ago, we found blood-stained threads in the back of your
client's car.  DNA ran the blood.  It is consistent with Rachel Lyford's.  It is
admissible into evidence.

BRASS:  Now, what do you have to say?

MICHAEL FIFE:  I don't know anything about any threads.

BRASS:  How well did you know the victim?  That's an easy one.

MICHAEL FIFE:  Rachel was a neighbor.  I'd say, "hi."  "How are you?"  That's
it.

BRASS:  Were you ever in her apartment?

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  We've been through this before.

BRASS:  Well, we're gonna go through it again.  

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  He's never been inside the victim's apartment.

BRASS:  Were you ever in her apartment?

WARRICK:  Your client's fingerprints were on a beer bottle collected from the
victim's trash.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  You don't have to submit to this, Michael.  Just say
the word.

MICHAEL FIFE:  No, I got this one.  The night before Rachel was killed, there
was a party in the courtyard ...

(Quick flashback to the party in the courtyard.  As the party progresses,
MICHAEL FIFE takes a sip of beer from the bottle, finishes it and puts it down
on the ground.  He walks away.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

MICHAEL FIFE:  She must've taken the trash back inside her unit.

(BRASS laughs.)

BRASS:  What do I look like, Mike?

(MICHAEL FIFE leans forward toward BRASS.)

MICHAEL FIFE:  Listen to me.  I don't know who killed Rachel.  I don't know how
that knife got in my car.  I didn't even know my taillight was busted until that
dumb-ass cop pulled me over.  I've been in jail for ten days on something I
didn't do, and I am tired of this crap!

BRASS:  You might want to control your temper, Mike.  It can get you in a lot of
trouble.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  Detective Brass, if you were to make your case, we'd
be back in court, not an interrogation room.  Assuming without the knife, you
have nothing to directly connect my client to the attack, in twelve hours, he's
going to be getting his street clothes.

CUT TO:



[EXT. LAS VEGAS CITY (STOCK) - NIGHT]



[INT. CSI - RECEPTION -- NIGHT]  

(RITA LYFORD walks up to the reception desk.)  

RITA LYFORD  I'd like to speak to Mr. Brown.  I don't mind waiting.

RECEPTIONIST:  Oh, ma'am, he's at P.D.  I can relay a message ...

RITA LYFORD:  That's okay.  I'm just ... I need to talk to him, so ...

(WARRICK walks into the building.  RITA LYFORD sees him and turns around to get
his attention.)  

RITA LYFORD:  Mr. Brown.

(WARRICK stops.)

WARRICK:  Yeah.  Hi.

RITA LYFORD:  (barely holding it together)  I know you must be extremely busy
... but I need to know ... I need you to tell me that Michael Fife is going to
pay for what he did to my sister.

WARRICK:  I'm doing everything I can.

RITA LYFORD:  My mother's been medicated, and I can't sleep, and you're, what?  
(She glances down.)  You're on a coffee break?

WARRICK:  Actually, it's the first break I've had since court, so, if you'll
excuse me, I have a lot of work to do.

(WARRICK excuses himself and walks away.  Near the doorway, NICK watches.  RITA
looses it completely.)

RITA LYFORD:  (shouts)  What's going on here?!  Does anyone even care?!

(People in the labs start and look up from their work.  NICK walks up to her to
intervene.)

NICK:  ... Ms. Lyford?  Ms. Lyford, I'm Nick Stokes.  I'm also a criminalist
here in the lab, and I want you to know I understand.  I understand your
frustration.  This is not an easy thing to deal with, but I can assure you that
this entire lab is on your sister's case.  Okay? I can't make any promises, but
we're doing everything possible to keep this suspect behind bars, where he
belongs.

RITA LYFORD:  Thank you.  That's all I needed to hear.

NICK:  Okay.  Okay.

(RITA LYFORD turns to the receptionist.)

RITA LYFORD:  Thank you.

NICK:  Hang in there.

(RITA LYFORD leaves.  NICK watches her go for a moment, then turns to find
WARRICK.)

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - BREAK ROOM - NIGHT -- CONTINUOUS]  

(WARRICK is in the break room when NICK walks up to him.)  

NICK:  What's up, Warrick?

WARRICK:  What's up with what?

NICK:  With you.

WARRICK:  This job is hard enough without having victims' families up in your
face.

NICK:  Her sister was raped and murdered.  She watched the defense decimate your
case.  I think you could have given her five minutes.

WARRICK:  You want to hold this girl's hand, that's fine by me.  That seems to
be your M.O., but when you empathize instead of sympathize, I don't judge you.

NICK:  She just wants to know that someone around here gives a damn, Warrick.

(WARRICK stands up, his chair falling back to the floor.  He heads for the door
without a backward glance at NICK.)

WARRICK:  You know what?  Lunch is over.  Time to go back to work.

(Frustrated, NICK kicks the trash can over.)

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI -- BATHROOM - NIGHT -- CONTINUOUS]  

(WARRICK splashes water on his face trying to regain control.  He shuts the
water off and looks at himself in the mirror.)  

CLOCK:  5:12 A.M.
CLOCK:  5:13 A.M.

(CATHERINE walks into the bathroom.  She seems surprised to find WARRICK at the
sink.  He looks beat.  CATHERINE closes the door.)

CATHERINE:  Hey, you.

WARRICK:  Hey.

CATHERINE:  How, uh, are you holding up?

WARRICK:  I'm fine.

CATHERINE:  You sure?

WARRICK:  Yeah.

CATHERINE:  You're in the women's bathroom.

(WARRICK straightens up and looks around.  CATHERINE cracks a smile as WARRICK
turns to get some paper towels to dry his face.)

WARRICK:  Oh, god, I'm sorry.

CATHERINE:  No, I ... I'm all for it.

WARRICK:  (he chuckles)  Oh, god ... Oh ...

(WARRICK walks back to CATHERINE and sighs.)

WARRICK:  This case is twisting me up.  Interrogation room ... was a bust.  Fife
can lie better than I can tell the truth.

CATHERINE:  Better to know his lies before we go to trial.

WARRICK:  I don't think it's going to trial.

CATHERINE:  We've got time.  Seminal DNA's being processed as we speak.  This
case can break any minute.

WARRICK:  I'm not giving up.  I'm just being realistic.

CATHERINE:  Come on, you know, Warrick, we don't just call these cases rush
'cause we're in a hurry.  It's a rush 'cause our pulse races, it's a rush when
we nail the guy ...

WARRICK:  (nods)  I like that.

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - TRACE LAB -- NIGHT]  

CLOCK:  6:37 A.M.

(The printer beeps and prints out the results.  HODGES grabs the print out,
glances at it and waves over to GRISSOM who is walking through the hallway.)  

DAVID HODGES:  Oh, hey! Hey, boss!

(GRISSOM walks into trace.)

GRISSOM:  Yes?

DAVID HODGES:  I just ID'ed the substance from Rachel Lyford's wrist.  Same
substance found on the sheets.

GRISSOM:  Have you told Warrick?  He's the lead on this.

DAVID HODGES:  Yeah, about Warrick, what exactly happened in court today?  I
tried to talk to him, he just shut down.

GRISSOM:  He just shut you down.  What is the substance?

DAVID HODGES:  Uh ... wax.

GRISSOM:  What kind of wax?

(GRISSOM looks at the printout.)

DAVID HODGES:  Uh, still working on that, but I can tell you that it does have a
low melting point.  The GCMS doesn't have a wax library.  I've ordered up a
reference from the New Jersey State Lab.  Rush.

GRISSOM:  Okay.  Cross-check the product labels off the internet.  And, uh,
listen, if you need someone to talk to ...

DAVID HODGES:  Yeah, when's a good time?

GRISSOM:  ... we have a psychologist here on Tuesdays and Fridays.

(GRISSOM walks out of the lab.)

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - DNA LAB -- NIGHT]  

(WARRICK, CATHERINE and GREG sit and watch the printer when GRISSOM walks into
the lab and notices them.)  

CATHERINE:  DNA on the toilet flusher.  

GREG:  On the three-ten, we're five seconds out.   Three, two, one.

(GREG looks at the printout.)

GREG:  Sorry.

CATHERINE:  Suspect's DNA is inconsistent with the semen found at the scene.

WARRICK:  Great.

(NICK walks into the lab.)

NICK:  Hey, Grissom, that Sheriff checked with just about every tech in the lab
looking for you.  He's bugging for an update.

WARRICK:  I suggest you avoid him.

NICK:  Why?  What happened?

CATHERINE:  Our only suspect may be innocent.

FADE OUT

(COMMERCIAL SET)



FADE IN.

[INT. CSI - BREAK ROOM]  

(The team meets to go over the evidence they have.)  

SARA:  You're saying that the DNA results excluded our suspect, but couldn't the
semen have come from a prior sexual encounter with another man?

NICK:  Fife still could have raped and murdered Rachel.

CATHERINE:  Well, the toilet bowl was clean.  The semen belongs to whoever
flushed the toilet last, but there was a drop, not a smear.

GRISSOM:  Look, we have no evidence that he raped her, no evidence that he
killed her, and even if we consider the invisible evidence, it still doesn't
give us enough to put him at the scene of the crime during the commission of the
crime.  Our trinity of evidence is incomplete.

CATHERINE:  Okay, so, for argument's sake, let's assume that Fife didn't put the
knife in the car.  How did it get there?

SARA:  Okay, um, does he live alone?

WARRICK:  Yeah.  Recently separated.  His wife moved back to Albuquerque.  And
no one else had access to his vehicle.

NICK:  Was there any sign of forced entry?

WARRICK:  No sign of forced entry.

CATHERINE:  And what evidence is still outstanding?

GRISSOM:  The wax.  What's-his-name is still analyzing it.

CATHERINE:  Well, I know that there was wax on the sheets and the victim's body.  
How about the murder weapon?

WARRICK:  I didn't notice, but I wasn't looking.

NICK:  Doesn't matter.  Knife's excluded.

GRISSOM:  The exclusionary rule only applies to the person whose constitutional
rights were violated.  If we have another suspect, then the knife is back into
play.

(CATHERINE sees SHERIFF RORY ATWATER walk toward the break room.)

CATHERINE:  Grissom?

(GRISSOM turns around to look at him.  He sighs and gets up to meet with him.)

[HALLWAY]  

GRISSOM:  I'm sorry. You look lost.

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  I've been calling your cell.

GRISSOM:  Well, we get bad reception at CSI. Listen, if this is about dinner,
I'm free next week.  I'll be having the fish.

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  We have nine hours left on the clock, Grissom.

(The team disburses from the conference table.)

GRISSOM:  Well, the investigation, which is under my purview, has taken an
unexpected turn.  So, when I know something, you'll know something.

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  I don't like surprises.

GRISSOM:  Me, neither.

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  What, you're not going to tell me anything?

GRISSOM:  No.

(He considers it.)

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  Okay.  For now.  Mm-hmm.

(THE SHERIFF walks away.)

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - LAB]  

(NICK goes back to the knife and takes it out of its container.  He checks it
under the light and sees something.)  

(NICK takes a scraping sample off of the knife.)  

(He folds up the sample and looks at it.)  

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI -- LAB]  

CLOCK:  7:47 AM
CLOCK:  7:48 AM

(SARA is standing in front of the bed sheet hanging against the wall, studying
it when GRISSOM walks into the lab and sees her.)

GRISSOM:  Checking my work?

SARA:  Oh, I'm just looking around.

(He stands next to her for a moment and looks at the sheet.  After a beat, he
turns to look at her.)

GRISSOM:  What are you thinking?

SARA:  Well, her body left behind this void.  

(SARA walks up to the sheet, her hands out in front of her to indicate the area
she's talking about.

SARA:  The attacker was on top.  He held her down by her wrists.

(She turns around to look at GRISSOM.)

GRISSOM:  Which would explain the transfer of wax from him to her.

SARA:  (nods)  Yes.

(He nods.)

SARA:  Pin me down.

(GRISSOM takes a step forward.  He holds SARA'S wrists and pushes against her as
she pushes back to illustrate what she's thinking.)

SARA:  She would have struggled.  Then, she gave up.  Afterward, when he got up,
he put his hands on the sheet for leverage.

(After a moment, GRISSOM releases SARA'S wrists and places his hands on the
sheet near her waist.)

GRISSOM:  Like this.

(SARA nods.)

GRISSOM:  Which explains how the wax got from him to the sheets.

(SARA turns to look at GRISSOM.)

SARA:  Yes.

(For a moment, the two are standing there.  SARA takes a breath and breaks the
moment.  She puts her hands down and steps away from the sheet - away from
GRISSOM.)  

SARA:  Grissom, um, I, um, wanted to talk to you about something.

(GRISSOM turns around with her.)

GRISSOM:  Go ahead.

SARA:  Well, you know, I applied for the promotion for the key position.

GRISSOM:  (nods)  Your application's on my desk.

SARA:  About that -- I, um ... I needed to know ... (she stops)  ... I ... I
wanted to make sure, rather, that anything that happened or didn't happen
between us won't be a factor.  

(A little lost at what she's saying, GRISSOM doesn't say anything.  Awkward,
SARA breaks the silent patch.)

SARA:  Never mind.  I-I shouldn't have said anything.  

(GRISSOM still has a stunned look on his face, just staring at SARA and what
she's asking.)

SARA:  (smiles, embarrassed)  I, um ... I'm always over-talking around you.

(SARA turns and leaves the lab, escaping.)

(Camera holds on GRISSOM.)

CUT TO:



[INT. CSI - TRACE LAB]  

(HODGES is doing research on the internet when CATHERINE walks into the lab.)

DAVID HODGES:  Have you ever heard of body wax?

(He's looking at a Body Wax site.)

CATHERINE:  Made with soy, burns clean.  Drip it all over your partner's body.  
I thought that we installed a fire-wall for sites like these.

DAVID HODGES:  This is research.  Body wax has been eliminated.

CATHERINE:  What have you got?

DAVID HODGES:  Well, I've I.D.'D the wax.  But, per Grissom, I am not allowed to
release any of my results except to the lead CSI, and that would be Warrick.  
I've already paged him.

CATHERINE:  Give me.

(HODGES smirks and turns the monitor to CATHERINE.  He hits a button and the
site changes to the Axion car wax site.)

DAVID HODGES:  Axion car wax.  Contains carnuba wax, butyl cellusolve and
cationic surfactant.  Exact same ratio as the exemplars.

(The printer beeps.)

DAVID HODGES  Ahh.  There's a little souvenir for you.

(CATHERINE takes the print out and leaves.)

CATHERINE:  Thank you.

CUT TO:


[INT. CSI - GRISSOM'S OFFICE]  

(GRISSOM is looking a the print results with CATHERINE and WARRICK in the office.)

GRISSOM:   Axion wax is industrial grade.  It's sold to car washers for commercial use only.

WARRICK:  Yeah. Fife's an electrician.  I doubt he would come into contact with that at work.

GRISSOM:  Then, we need to know where he gets his car washed.

CATHERINE:  Except, if we ask him, we show our cards, and his lawyer will know that we're looking in another direction.

WARRICK:  Yeah, then he'll petition Judge Brenner for fife's immediate release.

GRISSOM:  How do you feel about letting him walk?

WARRICK:  We've got, what, less than seven hours.  Let's not pull any punches.  If the evidence is leading us away from Fife,  I say we go with it.

(Camera holds on WARRICK.)

FADE OUT.

(COMMERCIAL SET)


FADE IN.

[EXT. LAS VEGAS CITY (STOCK) - DAY]


[INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT - INTERVIEW ROOM -- DAY]  

CLOCK:  10:11 AM

(BRASS is re-interviewing FIFE with his attorney MATTHEWS present.  WARRICK sits in the back listening.)  

BRASS:  Let's establish a sequence of events.  Walk us through the night of the party at your apartment complex right up until your arrest the next day.  Don't skip a beat.  

MICHAEL FIFE:  Devil's in the details, huh?

(BRASS shrugs.)

WARRICK:  Could be.

MICHAEL FIFE:  (sighs)  I hung out until about midnight.  Drank my six pack. Hit on a couple girls.  Struck out.  Went back to my apartment, passed out.  In the morning, I drove up to Green Valley and installed a chandelier, two sconces. At noon, I went back to my apartment, and I made a tuna fish sandwich.  Lettuce, tomato, spoon of relish.  Wheat bread.  Then ... I took a leak.  I don't want to skip a beat.

BRASS:  Outstanding.

[OBSERVATION ROOM]

(GRISSOM and CATHERINE watch the interview.)

BRASS:  (through speaker)  So, then what?

CATHERINE:  So, I liked your tough act yesterday.

GRISSOM:  Huh?

CATHERINE:  "I hand out the assignments.  This isn't a negotiation."

GRISSOM:  What, too much?

CATHERINE:  (shakes her head)  Not enough.

[INTERVIEW ROOM]

MICHAEL FIFE:  That afternoon, I had a job in Henderson.  On my way, I stopped, uh, at a car wash.  It was a lunch-hour discount.

WARRICK:  What car wash?

MICHAEL FIFE:  Reliant, on Chardon Circle.  It's about a block from my apartment.

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  Why are you asking about a car wash?

BRASS:  At Reliant, did the attendant say anything about your broken taillight?

MICAEHL FIFE:  No. Yeah, in fact, I mean, they should've said something.

[OBSERVATION ROOM]

DEFENSE ATTORNEY MATTHEWS:  (through speaker)  The tenor of these questions
leads me to believe the focus of your investigation has shifted.  This
conversation is over, Michael.

(Hold on CATHERINE and GRISSOM.)

CUT TO:



[EXT. LAS VEGAS CITY (STOCK) - DAY]



[INT. RELIANT CAR WASH -- DAY]  

(WARRICK and CATHERINE speak with the MANAGER.)

WARRICK:  I just talked to the manager.  Of course, he didn't recognize Fife
from the six pack of photos.  We're still cleared to look around.

CATHERINE:  By bringing your car to a car wash, you pretty much open it up into
the entire world, right?  Vehicles are most vulnerable down that tunnel.  So,
I'm thinking that Michael Fife's taillight was intact when he arrived.

WARRICK:  I'm sure the attendant would have told him something.  They're liable,
right?

CATHERINE:  Exactly.  So, his car proceeds on down the line, and then inside the
tunnel, someone, presumably our killer, stashes the knife, breaks the taillight.

OFFICER:  Busted taillight's an equipment violation.  NRS 485.511.

WARRICK:  Yeah, you'd get pulled over for that pretty quickly.

CATHERINE:  Right.  And the killer is banking on some ambitious cop searching
the vehicle.  Okay, so, a broken taillight.  The pieces fall into the water.

WARRICK:  The fragments have to run off through some kind of drain, right?

(WARRICK and CATHERINE approach the CAR WASH MANAGER.)

CATHERINE:  Uh, excuse me, sir.  A-are you the manager?

CAR WASH MANAGER:  Yeah.

CATHERINE:  Does your drain have a filter?

CAR WASH MANAGER:  There's a screen trap behind the drain.  Catches everything
bigger than an ice cream sprinkle.

CATHERINE:  Well, when was the last time you had it cleaned?

CAR WASH MANAGER:  About a month ago. Why?

CATHERINE:  I'm going to have to clean your traps.

CAR WASH MANAGER:  (chuckles)  Sorry, lady.  Can't just close down the shop.  I
got customers.

CATHERINE:  I understand, sir, but you know, just let us shut you down for about
an hour or so.  Otherwise, we can get a search warrant, come back on Saturday,
your busiest day, and, well ... it's up to you.

CAR WASH MANAGER:  Soon as that Porsche Cayenne works its way through the line
... I'll shut her off.

CATHERINE:  The crime lab thanks you for your cooperation, sir.

CAR WASH MANAGER:  You're welcome.

WARRICK:  All right, sassy.

SHORT TIME CUT TO:



[INT. RELIANT CAR WASH -- DAY]  

(CATHERINE and WARRICK check the filter and find the pieces of the tail light.)

CATHERINE:  Look what I found.  

WARRICK:  A broken taillight.

(WARRICK looks up at the CAR WASH MANAGER.)

WARRICK:  Hey, could two cars get too close to each other and have an accident in here?

CAR WASH MANAGER:  There's no way.  Photocell technology.  Whole system shuts down if the cars get within three feet of each other.  Believe me, in this tunnel, accidents do not happen.

CATHERINE:  Which means the taillight was broken on purpose.

(Quick flashback to:  The car goes through the tunnel and someone breaks the tail light.  Cut to:  The pieces of the tail light fall through the drain.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

CUT TO:


[INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT - WAITING ROOM -- DAY]  

(BRASS speaks with the car wash workers who are there to submit DNA samples. WARRICK and CATHERINE put their gloves on.)

BRASS:  Okay, uh, thank you, thanks for coming down here and volunteering to give a DNA sample.  We know you work hard, so, in an effort to be nice, we've provided some lunch, some burgers and stuff, compliments of the Las Vegas police department.  Okay, let's form two lines now.  Everybody whose birthday is from January to June in this line, everybody else over here.  

CAR WASH MANAGER:  How long is this crap going to take?

BRASS:  As long as it takes, okay?  Thank you.

CATHERINE:  All right, you guys, I'm going to be swabbing your left cheek, so, uh ... try not to bite down.

QUINN:  Uh, ma'am, I got to take a leak.

CATHERINE:  Well, you just hold on there.  It's only going to take a second.  Open.

(Various cuts of CATHERINE and WARRICK taking DNA swab samples.)  

CATHERINE:  Thank you.

(CATHERINE takes a swab sample from QUINN, the worker who asked to use the bathroom.  From the back, we can see that he's wearing a chain around his neck.)  

CATHERINE:  Uh, Akers, do me a favor and escort this guy to the john.

OFFICER AKERS:  Let's go.

(QUINN moves past WARRICK.  WARRICK notices the chain around his neck as he walks out of the waiting room.)

QUINN:  (v.o.)  You guys are making a big mistake.  

CUT TO:


[INT. POLICE DEPARTMENT - INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY]

(CATHERINE and WARRICK interviews QUINN in the presence of his LAWYER, MARGARET FINN.)

QUINN:  ... I don't know a Rachel Lyford, I swear.

CATHERINE:  Really?  Well, I swear that you do.  I found semen on the toilet in Rachel's apartment that matches your DNA

MARGARET FINN (LAWYER):  You don't have to respond, but if you can explain the semen ...

QUINN:  I know a Rachel, okay?  I never knew her last name.  Did the girl that you guys are looking for live at the Saturn Arms Apartments?

CATHERINE:  So, you do know her.

QUINN:  I ... here's the deal, okay?  A car wax costs sixty bucks, okay?  We give you discounts sometimes.  I' show up early and, you know, I'll go to a girl's apartment before work, or whatever, you know, and all the guys do this.  

WARRICK:  (interrupts)  So, Rachel hired you to wax her car, is that it?

QUINN:  I only charged her 25.

(He chuckles.)

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. SATURN ARMS APT.]  RACHEL LYFORD opens the door.)

RACHEL LYFORD:  Hi.

QUINN:  Shiny as a new penny.

(She holds up the money and invites him in.  He laughs and enters the apartment.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

WARRICK:  And your story is that Rachel came on to you?

QUINN:  Yeah. She was all over me.  She answered the door in, like, this sexy little thing, and stuff.  Most of the time, when a woman answers the door, it's in sweats, they got the money ready.  This was not like that.

(CATHERINE leans forward.)

QUINN:  (laughs)  What am I supposed to think?

CATHERINE:  I don't think so.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. SATURN ARMS APT]  RACHEL LYFORD opens the door.)

QUINN:  Hey, I'm all done.

RACHEL LYFORD:  Uh, hold on a second.  

(She turns to get the money to pay him.  As she gets the money, he stands there
and looks at her.  She glances nervously at him, then shoves the money toward
him.)

RACHEL LYFORD:  Okay, here you go.

(She tries to close the door, but he stops her, forcing his way into the apartment.  She screams and struggles as he pushes her inside.)

RACHEL LYFORD:  Stop it! Stop it!

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

CATHERINE:  After raping her, you realized she had your name, knew where you worked.  One call to the cops and you're looking at 25 to life.

(Quick flashback to:  RACHEL LYFORD is crying on the bed.  End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

WARRICK:  You freaked.  So, you killed her.

(Quick flashback to:  QUINN opens the knife drawer and takes out a knife.  He shuts the drawer and goes back to the bed.  RACHEL turns around and starts fighting for her life.  End of flashback.  Resume to QUINN.)

(Quick flashback to:  After he kills her, the wraps the bloody knife in a towel. He takes his things and leaves.  End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

CATHERINE:  Forget life; you're looking at the death penalty.

QUINN:  Lady, you are whacked.

MARGARET FINN (LAWYER):  You didn't find the murder weapon in my client's car.

WARRICK:  Your client went from Rachel's apartment to his job at the car wash. He took the knife with him.  A few hours later, Michael Fife drove in, and he planted the knife in his car.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. RELIANT CAR WASH]  QUINN breaks the tail light, the pieces fall down the drain.  He opens the back door, lifts up his shirt and plants the knife and towel under the chair.  End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

MARGARET FINN (LAWYER):  He just happened to hide the murder weapon in a car that belonged to one of Rachel's neighbors?

WARRICK:  It wasn't a coincidence.  It was your lucky day.  You recognized the parking permit in his car window.

(Quick flashback to:  The parking permit in the car window.  End of flashback. Resume to present.)

CATHERINE:  You broke the taillight, you stashed the knife.  Instant suspect.

(WARRICK holds up the dog tags.)

WARRICK:  You recognize these?

(He puts the dog tags on the table.)

WARRICK:  The name on the dog tags is Aaron Lyford.  That's Rachel's father.

QUINN:  She gave them to me.

WARRICK:  She gave them to you.

(beat)  

WARRICK:  Why did you try to hide them?

(Quick flashback to:  [EARLIER]  QUINN goes to the bathroom and as he passes him, WARRICK notices the chain on the back of his neck.)

WARRICK:  (v.o.)  Why did you take off to the bathroom with the dog tags on? And you came back with them missing.  

(Cut to:  WARRICK goes into the men's room to check the bathroom stalls.)

WARRICK:  (v.o.)  So, I checked it out.

(He checks the trash and the stalls.  In one of the bowls, the finds the dog tags.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

WARRICK:  This is an autopsy photo.

(WARRICK puts the photo on the table.)

WARRICK:  The abrasions are evidence.  Those dog tags were ripped from her neck.

(Quick flashback to:  QUINN rips the dog tags from RACHEL'S body.  He looks at them and leaves.  End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

CATHERINE:  She gave them to you ... over her dead body.

(Camera holds on QUINN.)

CUT TO:


[INT. JUDGE BRENNER'S COURT -- DAY]  

(WARRICK is on the witness stand.  It's a different court; different defendant.)

WARRICK:  The defendant arrived at the station on his own accord.  He provided us with a sample of his DNA,  and we rushed that sample to our lab for analysis.

PROSECUTOR:  You compared Mr. Quinn's DNA to DNA from semen recovered at the crime scene, is that correct?

WARRICK:  Yes, that's correct.  It was a match.

PROSECUTOR:  Judge, we have no further questions.

JUDGE BRENNER:  Ms. Finn?

(DEFENSE ATTORNEY MARGARET FINN gets to her feet.)

MARGARET FINN (LAWYER):  Your honor, we have no questions for CSI Brown.

JUDGE BRENNER:  Based on the evidence, I find sufficient probable cause to order the defendant to stand trial for the sexual assault and murder of Rachel Lyford.

(The gavel sounds. Court is adjourned.  Everyone stands up as.  WARRICK steps down from the witness stand and heads over to the LYFORDS.)

WARRICK:  I'm terribly sorry for your loss.  And your father's tags are in a safe place.  I'll make sure they get back to you.

RITA LYFORD:  Thank you for everything.

WARRICK:  You're more than welcome.

(WARRICK turns to leave when SHERIFF RORY ATWATER walks into the courtroom.)

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  Hey, sorry I'm late.

GRISSOM:  Well, I think you're right on time.  There must be a press conference nearby, huh?

(SHERIFF RORY ATWATER chuckles.)

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  I wanted to include CSI Brown in this.  There might be a few questions outside my ...

GRISSOM:  ... purview?

(The SHERIFF turns around and heads for the front.)

SHERIFF RORY ATWATER:  Want to meet me out in the corridor ASAP?

(WARRICK tries to get out of it.)

WARRICK:  Sheriff, I'm not too good with cameras.

(He turns to look at GRISSOM.)

GRISSOM:  You won't have to talk much.

WARRICK:  Grissom, thanks.

GRISSOM:  For what?  

WARRICK:  (nods)  See you back at the lab.

(GRISSOM watches as WARRICK leaves the courtroom.)

(Camera holds on GRISSOM, smiling.)

FADE TO WHITE.

THE END.

Fait par Wella

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Titepau04 (10:29)

C'est cool ça!!!

Titepau04 (10:29)

Non... non plus!!! Faut que je m'y mette !!!

Sonmi451 (10:31)

Moi je commence tout juste et maintenant que j'ai un balcon, faut que je trouve aussi ce qu'il faut pour le décorer. ^^

Titepau04 (10:32)

Ahah!! Ça fait encore plus de travail

Sonmi451 (10:33)

c'est ça, je pense prendre une guirlande électrique et un père noel qui monte me rendre visite. ^^

Sonmi451 (10:33)

et sinon tu as attaqué l'hypnonoel?

Titepau04 (10:38)

Ah j'aime pas ça.... on dirait qu'il est pendu le pauvre père Noël....

Titepau04 (10:38)

Oui j'ai commencé!! Et toi?

Sonmi451 (10:39)

Non c'est une echelle pour celui que j'ai vu. ^^

Sonmi451 (10:40)

Non moi pas encore, je sais pas si je vais trouver du temps. Tu as bien avancé sur cette animation toi?

Titepau04 (10:41)

J'en suis à 30 questions

Sonmi451 (10:42)

Ha ouais pas mal! Tu me donneras tes paquets cadeaux

Titepau04 (10:42)

Ah non mais non!!! Dis donc!!! ^^

Sonmi451 (10:46)

Rooo mais faut partager, c'est ça l'esprit de noel.

Titepau04 (10:47)

Non non non!!! Je me creuse les méninges, moi Madame, pour les avoir!!!

Sonmi451 (10:48)

creuse pas trop, c'est un coup, à ne plus avoir de méninges. ^^

Titepau04 (10:50)

J'en ai déjà plus beaucoup.... vive la grossesse!! LOL!

Sonmi451 (10:54)

lol

Sonmi451 (10:54)

Ha la grossesse, ça fait des ravages. lol D'où je m'arrête à deux vaut mieux mdr

Titepau04 (10:58)

On se comprend!!!

Sonmi451 (11:03)

Surtout que moi à la base, des méninges, j'en ai pas bcp alors imagine... ou pas d'ailleurs, vaudra mieux. lol

Titepau04 (11:05)

LOL!!! J'en ai perdu en travaillant dans une centrale d'appels aussi.... pfiouuuu

Sonmi451 (11:08)

On en a perd un peu partout. lol Mais on les retrouve jamais. lol

Titepau04 (11:09)

Non c'est bien le problème!

Sonmi451 (11:10)

Et si d'autres les volaient pour les utiliser mais penses-tu même pas. lol

Sonmi451 (11:21)

Je te laisse, le repas de bébé est demandé par l'intéresser. Bon week end si on se recroise pas.

cobrate (12:46)

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cobrate (12:46)

vive le téléthon !

Titepau04 (12:47)

Merci à toi aussi!!!!

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