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Unwarranted Testimony

Ryan wiped his sweaty palms on his pants, and breathed deeply. He felt faint about 100 times and wasn’t sure if he’ll be conscious in five minutes.

ADA: “Ryan. Do you want a bottle of water?”

Ryan: “Only if it’s filled with vodka. I’ll take a shot of anything right now.”

ADA: “It will all be over today. Just relax.”

Ryan: “That’s easy for you to say.”

The paralegal hands Ryan a bottle of water. Ryan takes the bottle and drinks a little water.

ADA: “I’ll see you soon.”

The ADA leaves the room.

15 minutes later, a court officer escorts Ryan to the courtroom. Ryan takes the stand and raises his right hand.

Bailiff: “Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?”

Ryan: “Yes.”

ADA: “Ryan. Where were you January 16, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.?”

Ryan: “I was leaving work on Main street.”

ADA: “That’s right across the street from where Josephine was killed. Did you see what happened?”

Ryan: “Yes. I witnessed Josephine getting shot.”

ADA: “Is the killer in the courtroom?”

Ryan gets dizzy again.

ADA: “Ryan, do you see who killed Josephine here?”

Ryan: “Yes! He’s sitting over there.”

Ryan points at the defendant, and the defendant shakes his head in disbelief. Ryan cries.

ADA: “Let the record show Ryan pointed to the defendant. Ryan I know this is hard for you.  Testifying against your brother must be hard on the whole family.”

Ryan: “It’s causing my mother an unimaginable amount of pain.”

Ryan weeps.

Later at home Ryan is sitting with a glass of vodka writing a letter. He puts it in an envelope addressed to the ADA. It read how his brother was innocent and he was the real killer. He then swallowed down a bottle of Vicodin with vodka. 

I’m Hannah Erica, a Philly native and the writer for this website. I received my Bachelor’s in Communications with a Journalism certificate from the University of Phoenix. I came from a big family, and growing up we didn’t have many material things to play with, so our creative sides came out. As a child I would write skits that my siblings and I acted out, and I would write children's books to read to my younger siblings. More than a decade ago a started writing film scripts and completed two. It's a tough business to get work published, so I put the film script writing on the back burner and I write short stories that I publish on my own website. "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."- Milton Berle.

2 comments on “Unwarranted Testimony

  1. He cared more for his brother’s happiness, than his own life.


  2. estelle miles

    So he attempted to kill himself to save the family more grief and humiliation?

    Liked by 1 person

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