I, Witness (2017–…): Season 1, Episode 4 - Keep Your Enemies Closer - full transcript

After the mysterious disappearance of her teenage brother, a determined South Carolina mother, LaCresha Stanton sets out on a relentless, grassroots investigation to extricate the truth from his tight-lipped circle of supposed friends.

WHEN A CHILD YOU LOVE GROWS UP,

IT'S HARD TO STOP
TAKING CARE OF THEM.

YOU STILL WANT TO TAKE
AWAY THEIR PAIN,

PROTECT THEM FROM DANGER.

BUT EVENTUALLY,

YOU HAVE TO LET THEM
FIND THEIR OWN WAY IN LIFE,

NO MATTER WHERE
THAT PATH MIGHT LEAD.

♪ HEY, I'M LEAVIN'
WITH A HONEY TONIGHT ♪

♪ SHE GON' SEE WHAT SHE LIKE,
AND SHE GON' LIKE ♪

MM. THAT WAS CRAZY, MAN.

I MEAN, I HAD TO
GET OUT OF THERE, BRO.



AND I MEAN, I-I STRAIGHT UP
LEFT YOU, BRO.

I FORGOT ALL ABOUT YOU.

THAT WAS FUNNY HOW YOU RAN OUT
LIKE A LITTLE GIRL.

SO WHAT'S UP, MAN?

YOU STILL CALLING
THEM LADY FRIENDS OVER?

YEAH, MAYBE.
IF YOU BEHAVE.

COME ON, MAN.

LOOK -- LOOK, CHILL.
LOOK, MAN.

I'M SORRY FOR --
FOR LEAVING YOU STRANDED, OKAY?

-ARE WE COOL?
-YEAH, WE COOL.

MY BOY, THAT'S WHAT
I'M TALKING ABOUT.

OH, THAT MIGHT BE
THEM SHORTIES RIGHT THERE.

HELL, YEAH.

HELLO?



YO.

IS DAVON OVER THERE?

YEAH.

GOOD.

KEEP HIM THERE.

WE'RE COMING OVER.

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-WHO IS IT, MAMA?
-HOLD ON. IT'S GRANDMA.

-HI, GRANDMA!
-HI, GRANDMA!

I GOT THE CALL FROM MY MOM
MARCH 24th.

I have a question for you.

HAVE YOU SEEN OR SPOKEN
TO DAVON LATELY?

NO, MAMA.

SHE WAS CONCERNED

BECAUSE SHE HADN'T HEARD
FROM MY YOUNGEST BROTHER, DAVON.

HE HADN'T COME HOME,
WHICH WAS VERY UNLIKE HIM.

IF HE ACTUALLY WAS NOT
GOING TO COME HOME,

HE WOULD AT LEAST CALL.

MAMA, I'M SURE IT'S NOTHING.
LET ME CALL HIM.

-I'LL CALL YOU BACK.
-OKAY.

-Okay.
-THANK YOU, BABY.

HE'S NOT PICKING UP THE PHONE.

I DIDN'T REALLY
THINK MUCH OF IT.

WHEN YOU'RE 17
AND YOU GET IN THAT MIND SET

OF HAVING THAT TITLE
OF "NOW I'M AN ADULT,"

SOMETIMES YOU CAN
GET A LITTLE LAX.

-UH-OH!
-HERE WE GO.

-YOUR BOY KNOWS WHAT'S UP.
-NO, WE HUSTLING.

-OH, NO, THIS IS IT!

-WHOO!

GO, GO, GO, GO!

ALEX DAVON BUCKMAN,

WE CALL HIM DAVON,

IS MY 17-YEAR-OLD BROTHER.

HE IS THE BABY OUT OF THREE.

BECAUSE DAVON AND I
ARE 12 YEARS APART,

I FELT MORE LIKE HIS MOTHER
THAN HIS SISTER.

THAT'S MY BROTHER!
THAT'S MY BROTHER!

ANYTHING THAT A MOTHER WOULD DO
FOR THEIR CHILD, I DID IT.

AND -- AND I WANTED TO.

I WAS SO EXCITED
TO HAVE A LITTLE BROTHER.

WATCHING HIM ON
THE FOOTBALL FIELD IS MAGICAL,

'CAUSE, YOU KNOW,
ONCE HE GOT THAT BALL,

IT WAS OVER.

-AWW.
-OOH-OOH!

-OH!
-OH!

MY HUSBAND WAS, AT THAT TIME,

A DEPUTY FOR SPARTANBURG COUNTY
SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

HEY, BABY, WHO WAS THAT?
MAMA?

YEAH, DAVON DIDN'T
COME HOME LAST NIGHT.

I HAVE TO GET
THE KIDS READY.

WILL YOU LOOK INTO IT
AT THE STATION?

CRESHA,
I'M SURE IT'S FINE.

MAURICE, PLEASE?

OKAY. BUT YOU KNOW HE'S PROBABLY
JUST WITH FRIENDS.

BOYS WILL BE BOYS.

-I'LL SEE YOU LATER.
-ALL RIGHT, BABY.

MY BROTHER WAS
ALWAYS HANGING OUT

WITH HIS FRIENDS
FROM HIGH SCHOOL.

HIS TWO BEST FRIENDS
WERE TRELL AND CLIFF.

I REALLY DIDN'T KNOW
TRELL THAT WELL,

BUT I DID KNOW CLIFF.

DAVON HUNG OUT WITH CLIFF,

EVEN THOUGH HE WAS ALWAYS
GETTING INTO TROUBLE.

I THINK DAVON SAW MORE IN CLIFF.

CLIFF WAS ACTUALLY
A VERY, VERY SMART YOUNG MAN.

NOW, SEE, NOW YOU DONE
GOT IT STARTED.

ALL RIGHT.
ALL RIGHT.

-ALL RIGHT.
-OH, MAN.

-OH, HERE WE GO.
-WHAT'S UP?

WHAT'S UP, GIRL?
COME ON.

-HEY, WHAT'S UP?
-CAN YOU TAKE HIM?

HEY, BABY.

HEY, JAMARIUS.

WHEN I FOUND OUT
DAVON WAS GOING TO BE A FATHER,

I WAS FURIOUS.

I WAS FURIOUS BECAUSE,
AT THAT POINT, TO ME,

I FELT LIKE
EVERYTHING THAT I WANTED FOR HIM

LOOKED A LITTLE DOWN.

I -- REALLY, I HONESTLY
WAS LIKE, "IT'S OVER."

BUT WHEN I SAW HIM
WITH THE BABY,

HE REALLY STEPPED
INTO FATHERHOOD NATURALLY.

JAMARIUS BECAME
HIS TOP PRIORITY.

AND HE EVEN TALKED
ABOUT GIVING UP FOOTBALL.

MOM!

THE FIRST MESSAGE THAT I LEFT
FOR HIM WAS BASIC.

"HEY," YOU KNOW, "CALL ME."

YOU KNOW, "MOM CALLED ME AND
TOLD ME YOU DIDN'T COME HOME.

SHE HADN'T HEARD FROM YOU.

SO CALL ME
AND LET ME KNOW YOU'RE OKAY."

ONCE I CALLED MY MOTHER BACK

AND TOLD HER
THAT I WASN'T ABLE TO REACH HIM,

I CONTINUED TO CALL HIS PHONE,
CONTINUED TO LEAVE MESSAGES.

HIS PHONE WAS STILL RINGING.

IT WASN'T GOING STRAIGHT
TO VOICEMAIL,

SO I KNEW HIS PHONE
WAS STILL ON.

THIS ISN'T FUNNY ANYMORE, DAVON.

I'M GETTING SCARED.

YOU NEED TO STOP WHATEVER IT IS
YOU'RE DOING AND CALL ME BACK.

AW, BABY, WHAT HAPPENED?

I CUT MYSELF.

WHAT'S WRONG?

HE HASN'T CALLED BACK. AND I'M
JUST STARTING TO GET WORRIED

THAT MAYBE SOMETHING'S WRONG.
DAVON IS NOT LIKE THIS!

CRESHA, I CHECKED WITH THE
HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY ROOMS.

THERE'S NOTHING.

YOU KNOW THIS ISN'T
MY JURISDICTION.

HE PROBABLY JUST
LOST HIS PHONE.

I DON'T THINK SO.

I'M STARTING TO FEEL LIKE
SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT.

MAYBE I SHOULD FILE
A POLICE REPORT.

FOR WHAT?

IT'S NOT LIKE THEY'RE GONNA
SEND OUT A SEARCH PARTY

TO LOOK FOR HIM
OR ANYTHING.

HE'S JUST A YOUNG
BLACK TEENAGER.

THAT SHOULDN'T MATTER!

THE REALITY IS,

WITHOUT A LEAD,
HARD EVIDENCE,

THE POLICE AREN'T
GONNA DO ANYTHING.

YOU'RE BETTER OFF
GOING OUT THERE,

DOING THE POLICE
WORK YOURSELF.

I DIDN'T SLEEP.

I DID NOT SLEEP
THAT NIGHT AT ALL.

THE NEXT DAY WAS GOOD FRIDAY.

AND I WENT TO MY MOM'S HOUSE
TO PICK HER UP FOR CHURCH.

WHILE I WAS THERE,
I LOOKED IN DAVON'S ROOM

TO SEE IF ANYTHING WAS MISSING.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME
YOU SAW HIM?

WEDNESDAY.

I KNEW IT'S NO WAY

THAT HE WOULD BE GONE DAYS

AND NOT HAVE INTERACTION
WITH THAT LITTLE BOY.

SO AFTER
THE GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE,

WE DECIDED TO ASK AROUND.

HAVE YOU SEEN DAVON?

UM, I HAVEN'T SEEN HIM
SINCE, UH, WEDNESDAY, IN CHURCH.

EVERYONE I SPOKE TO
SAID THE LAST TIME THEY SAW HIM

WAS ON WEDNESDAY.

-NO PROBLEM.
-HAVE A GOOD ONE.

-GOD BLESS.
-YEAH, TAKE CARE.

-LaCRESHA, WEDNESDAY AGAIN?
-I KNOW.

BUT THE WIND'S OUT OF
THE EAST AT 14 MILES PER HOUR.

-IT'S CURRENTLY...
-AT THIS POINT,

I WAS DESPERATE,
BECAUSE I HAD NO IDEA

HOW TO MOVE FORWARD
WITH FINDING MY BROTHER.

AND I GOT A CALL
FROM MY MOTHER

THAT SHE HEARD SOMETHING
TERRIBLE ABOUT DAVON.

HEY, MA.

WHAT?

CALM DOWN
AND CALL THE POLICE.

I'M COMING OVER.

I GOT TO MY MOTHER'S HOUSE.

SPARTANBURG CITY POLICE
WAS THERE.

MY MOM GOT A CALL THAT
THERE'S A RUMOR GOING AROUND

THAT DAVON WAS BEAT UP

AND FORCED INTO THE TRUNK
OF A WHITE CAR.

DO YOU KNOW ANYBODY
WHO OWNS A WHITE CAR?

-NO.
-ARE YOU SURE

IT JUST COULDN'T HAVE BEEN
A FRIEND OF HIS?

-NO.
-NO.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME
YOU SAW HIM?

LAST WEEKEND.

DAVON WAS AT MY HOUSE
THE WEEKEND PRIOR.

HE WAS BABYSITTING FOR ME.

GIVE IT TO ME!

-AH!
-I GOT IT.

WHAT? YOU CAN'T
LET HER GET THE CROWN!

HE IS THE ULTIMATE BABYSITTER.

MY DAUGHTERS LOVE UNCLE DAVON.

HE'S THAT UNCLE THAT,
EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE GIRLS,

HE -- HE WOULD BE WILLING TO,
YOU KNOW, CHANGE THEIR DIAPER

AND GET 'EM DRESSED
AND ACTUALLY DO THEIR HAIR.

OKAY, YOU GUYS.
ENOUGH PLAYING.

YOU TWO GO UPSTAIRS AND GET
READY FOR BED, ALL RIGHT?

-OKAY.
-ALL RIGHT. SEE YOU LATER.

-HEY, CRESHA.
-HEY, YOU.

-HOW YOU DOING?
-I'M DOING GOOD.

YEAH? LOOK.

I WANT TO KNOW
WHAT THIS IS I'M HEARING

ABOUT YOU NOT GOING
TO COLLEGE.

I GOT A JOB.

FLIPPING BURGERS
AND BABYSITTING

ISN'T EXACTLY A CAREER.

DAVON, YOU HAVE
COLLEGE RECRUITERS

COMING TO ALL YOUR GAMES
TO SEE YOU!

CRESHA, PLAYING FOOTBALL,
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL,

IS -- IT'S NOT GONNA
WORK OUT FOR ME NO MORE.

DON'T YOU DARE
SAY THAT.

LOOK, DAVON,
IF YOU FOCUS AND WORK HARD

AND SET YOUR MIND TO IT,
YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.

I-I GOT TO BE HERE
FOR -- FOR JAMARIUS.

I KNOW YOU LOVE YOUR SON.

BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CAN DO
WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE?

YOU CAN REALLY
TAKE CARE OF HIM!

YOU SURE YOU DON'T
WANT A RIDE?

MM, NO, I GOT IT.

OKAY.

WELL, TELL MOM
I'LL BE BY AT 10:00

TO TAKE HER
TO THE DOCTOR'S.

THAT WAS THE LAST TIME
I SAW HIM.

I DEFINITELY AM
KIND OF IN PANIC MODE.

HE DIDN'T TAKE ANY CLOTHES.

THAT'S NOT LIKE DAVON.

WE FILLED OUT
A MISSING PERSON'S REPORT.

AND I TOLD THEM THAT DAVON
NEVER GOT INTO ANY TROUBLE.

HE HAS NO ENEMIES.
HE'S -- HE'S NOT --

HE DOESN'T GET INTO FIGHTS
WITH PEOPLE.

AND I HAD THE FEELING
THAT THE POLICE

WEREN'T GOING TO DO
ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

WE'LL LOOK INTO IT.

CRESHA, BABY,
WHERE YOU GOING WITH THAT?

I'M GONNA GO
LOOK FOR HIM!

I DECIDED THAT IT WAS TIME

THAT I HIT THE STREETS

AND START GOING DOOR TO DOOR
LOOKING FOR MY BROTHER.

-HEY, WHAT'S GOOD, CRESHA?
-HEY.

I'M LOOKING FOR DAVON.
HAVE YOU SEEN HIM?

NAH, I AIN'T SEEN HIM
OVER HERE SINCE WEDNESDAY.

WHEN HE LEFT, DID HE TELL YOU
WHERE HE WAS GOING?

YOU KNOW ANYBODY
OWNS A WHITE CAR?

NAH, I DON'T THINK SO.

-ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.
-NO PROBLEM.

HAVE YOU SEEN DAVON?

TUESDAY WAS THE LAST TIME
I SAW HIM.

OH.

I VERY MUCH FELT
LIKE AN INVESTIGATOR,

BECAUSE YOU'RE TRYING
TO CONNECT DOTS

AND MAKE SENSE OF A TIMELINE.

-WHAT'S UP, CRESHA?
-MY COUSIN, JAYMEL,

IS VERY CLOSE TO DAVON.

HAVE YOU SEEN DAVON?

YEAH, HE WAS OVER HERE
PLAYING VIDEO GAMES.

WHAT TIME DID HE LEAVE?

LIKE 8:00, MAYBE.
IT WAS DARK.

WHAT ABOUT YOU, TRELL? WHEN'S
THE LAST TIME YOU SAW HIM?

EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

THERE'S A RUMOR
GOING AROUND

DAVON WAS THROWN INTO
THE BACK OF A WHITE CAR.

Y'ALL KNOW ANYTHING
ABOUT THAT?

-NO.
-NAH.

MY HUSBAND TOLD ME
THAT HE LOOKED INTO THE RUMOR

ABOUT THE WHITE CAR.

BUT NO ONE ON THE STREETS
WAS TALKING.

IT WAS DISAPPOINTING.

BUT I WASN'T GONNA GIVE UP.

HEY, WHAT'S UP?
REAL QUICK --

I RALLIED TOGETHER AUNTS,
UNCLES, COUSINS,

DAVON'S FRIENDS, TRELL.

AND BY 12:00,
WE WERE ON THE STREETS.

-HEY, CRESHA.
-MM?

I WAS THINKING ABOUT
THE LAST TIME I SAW DAVON.

-HE WAS PRETTY UPSET.
-UPSET?

HE HAD A BEEF
WITH SOME GUY.

I DON'T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT IT,
BUT IT SOUNDED SERIOUS.

WHAT GUY?
DID HE GIVE YOU A NAME?

NO, BUT I THINK TRELL
WAS WITH HIM, THOUGH.

-YO, TRELL.
-YEAH.

WHO DID DAVON
HAVE AN ARGUMENT WITH

THAT LAST WEDNESDAY
HE WENT MISSING?

OH, YOU MEAN THAT THING
WITH -- WITH RALPH.

RALPH?
RALPH FLEMMING?

CLIFF'S BROTHER?

-CAN YOU TAKE OVER?
-OKAY.

MAKE SURE YOU HIT UP
ALL THE STORES.

A'IGHT.

AFTER TALKING TO TRELL,

I KNEW
THAT DAVON'S DISAPPEARANCE

HAD SOMETHING TO DO
WITH CLIFF FLEMMING.

I THINK MY BROTHER'S
DISAPPEARANCE IS CONNECTED

TO CLIFF FLEMMING'S PARTY
A FEW WEEKS AGO.

I'M POSITIVE IT HAS SOMETHING
TO DO WITH THAT PARTY.

OKAY.

I'M LISTENING.

DAVON WAS AT A PARTY
WITH A BUNCH OF HIS FRIENDS

AT CLIFF FLEMMING'S HOUSE.

AND AT SOME POINT IN THE NIGHT,

CLIFF GOT INTO IT
WITH SOME OTHER GUY.

YO, WATCH WHERE
YOU WALKING, SON.

YO, YO, WHAT'S UP?

HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY, DUDE!
HOLD UP!

ALL RIGHT. HOLD UP.
HOLD UP.

WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?
W-W-WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?

I'M-A SHOW HIM WHAT'S UP!

D-DUDE, C-COME ON.
WHAT'S WRONG, MAN?

HE GONNA SIT THERE AND TRY
TO EMBARRASS ME LIKE THAT?

M-MAN, C-COME ON, MAN.
DUDE, C-CALM DOWN, MAN.

YOU GOT TO LET THAT GO.
WHAT'S WRONG, DUDE?

MAN, HE JUST SAT THERE
AND DISRESPECTED ME LIKE THAT!

-IN MY OWN HOUSE?
-OH, MY GOSH. C-CLIFF,

LET IT GO, MAN! YOU DON'T WANT
TO TAKE THAT OUT THERE.

YOU DON'T!

DUDE, JUST PUT IT AWAY.

PUT IT AWAY, MAN.

CLIFF.

HEY, I-I'LL GO MAKE HIM
LEAVE RIGHT NOW, ALL RIGHT?

JUST CALM DOWN.

DAVON KNEW
NOT TO GET IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.

-HEY, TRELL.
-SO HE ASKED HIS FRIEND TRELL

-TO TELL THE GUY TO LEAVE.
-CLIFF IS TRIPPIN'!

HE LOOKS LIKE HE WAS GONNA DO
SOME CRAZY STUFF, MAN, FOR REAL.

HEY, MY MAN, CAN I TALK TO YOU
REAL QUICK?

ONCE THINGS WERE UNDER CONTROL,

DAVON DUCKED OUT
TO THE BATHROOM.

YOU WANT TO GO ANYWHERE?

RIGHT NOW, YO.

A'IGHT, MAN, NAH.
YOU ACTING A LITTLE WILD NOW.

YO, WHAT'S UP, MAN?
WHAT'S UP?

WHAT'S UP? WHAT'S UP?

-AAH!
-WHAT'S UP?!

DAVON CRACKED THE DOOR
AND PEEKED OUT.

HE DIDN'T SEE ANYONE.

SO, FROM THERE, HE RAN OUT
THE HOUSE AND WENT HOME.

IT'S BEEN OVER A WEEK

SINCE MY BROTHER, DAVON,
HAS BEEN MISSING.

AND I JUST LEARNED
THAT HIS DISAPPEARANCE

MAY BE CONNECTED TO A SHOOTING

THAT TOOK PLACE AT
HIS BEST FRIEND CLIFF'S HOUSE.

THE VICTIM OF THE SHOOTING
PASSED AWAY.

AND CLIFF WAS BEING
CHARGED FOR MURDER.

I BROUGHT DAVON HERE,
AND HE GAVE A STATEMENT.

YOU HAVE IT ON RECORD.

DO YOU KNOW
WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT?

I KNOW THAT HE WAS BATTLING
WITH WHAT HAPPENED,

BECAUSE HERE,
THIS IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

THAT HAS DONE SOMETHING
VERY HORRIBLE.

SO YOU'RE BATTLING
BACK AND FORTH WITH,

"DO I SAY SOMETHING?"

'CAUSE YOU DON'T WANT
TO SEE HIM GET IN TROUBLE.

CAN YOU TELL ME
WHAT HAPPENED?

I WAS IN THE BATHROOM.
I HEARD GUNSHOTS, WENT OUTSIDE.

I RAN HOME.

OKAY. DAVON HEARD THE SHOTS,
BUT HE DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING.

THAT'S IN HIS STATEMENT.
SO WHAT?

BUT DID YOU KNOW
AFTER CLIFF GOT ARRESTED,

RALPH CAME TO MY MOTHER'S HOUSE
LOOKING FOR DAVON?

RALPH FLEMMING,
CLIFF FLEMMING'S OLDER BROTHER,

WAS SOMEONE THAT WAS ALWAYS
IN AND OUT OF JAIL.

YO, DAVON!
OPEN UP!

IT'S COOL, MOM.
I GOT IT.

I GOT IT. HOLD ON.

WHAT'S GOING ON, RALPH?

W-WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

THE PROBLEM?

THE PROBLEM IS MY BROTHER'S
GOING TO JAIL 'CAUSE OF YOU.

YOU SNITCHED HIM OUT.

WAIT, WHAT?

WHAT ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT?

I KNOW
YOU WENT TO THE COPS.

CALM DOWN, MAN. I DIDN'T TELL
THE COPS ANYTHING ABOUT CLIFF.

I-I CAN SHOW YOU.
JUST HOLD ON.

HE TOOK THE POLICE STATEMENT
AND SHOWED IT TO RALPH.

-SEE? IT'S RIGHT HERE, MAN.
-LOOK, MAN.

YOU HAD NO BUSINESS GOING
TO THE PIGS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

I-I KNOW, MAN.
BUT READ IT.

I-I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING
ABOUT CLIFF TO THE COPS.

CLIFF'S MY BOY.
W-WHY WOULD I DO THAT?

THIS THING RIGHT HERE,
THIS RIGHT HERE...

-YEAH.
-...MEANS JACK TO ME.

MY BROTHER'S IN JAIL
'CAUSE OF YOU.

SO YOU BEST
WATCH YOUR BACK,

HOMEY.

RALPH KNEW MY HUSBAND
WAS A DEPUTY SHERIFF.

SO MAYBE HE THOUGHT
DAVON TOLD MY HUSBAND

SOMETHING MORE
THAN WHAT WAS IN HIS STATEMENT.

LET'S GO.

DOESN'T THAT MAKE HIM
A-A PERSON OF INTEREST?

OKAY. I KNOW YOU JUST
WANT TO FIND YOUR BROTHER.

BUT UNTIL I HAVE
SOMETHING MORE CONCRETE,

I'M AFRAID YOU'RE JUST
GRASPING AT STRAWS.

THE INVESTIGATOR TOLD ME
THAT THEY HAD NO LINKS,

NO HARD EVIDENCE

TO PROVE THESE TWO INCIDENTS
WERE CONNECTED.

I WAS VERY FRUSTRATED,
BECAUSE I KNEW --

I KNEW IT WASN'T A COINCIDENCE.

I'LL LET YOU KNOW
IF ANYTHING CHANGES.

RIGHT AFTER I SPOKE
WITH THE POLICE,

I WENT
TO THE FLEMMINGS' RESIDENCE

TO SPEAK WITH RALPH.

AT THIS POINT, I'M FURIOUS.

I WANT ANSWERS, AND I KNOW

THAT RALPH FLEMMING
HAS SOME ANSWERS.

RALPH'S FATHER
COMES TO THE DOOR.

MR. FLEMMING,
I'M LACRESHA STANTON.

DAVON BUCKMAN'S
MY BROTHER.

MY I SPEAK
WITH YOUR SON, RALPH?

-IS HE HERE?
-NO.

WELL, DO YOU KNOW
WHERE HE IS?

NO, I DON'T.

I REALLY NEED TO SPEAK
WITH RALPH, TODAY.

IT'S ABOUT
MY BROTHER, DAVON.

HE'S BEEN MISSING
FOR OVER A WEEK.

LOOK, SORRY.
I JUST CAN'T HELP YOU.

LOOK, I KNOW YOU KNOW
HOW TO GET AHOLD OF HIM.

YOU BETTER TELL HIM
I'M LOOKING FOR HIM,

AND I'M GONNA FIND OUT
WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BROTHER.

YOU TELL HIM THAT, OKAY?

IT'S BEEN 3 WEEKS
SINCE MY BROTHER'S BEEN MISSING.

I KNEW RALPH FLEMMING
WAS THE KEY

TO FINDING OUT
WHAT HAPPENED TO DAVON.

I ALSO KNEW
THAT NO ONE HE WAS HANGING WITH

WAS GONNA TELL ME ANYTHING.

I BECAME VERY FRUSTRATED

AND DECIDED THAT IT WAS TIME
THAT I CONTACT THE LOCAL MEDIA

TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS STORY

OF MY BROTHER'S DISAPPEARANCE

WAS MORE VISIBLE.

DAVON IS MY BABY BROTHER.

AND, UM, HE'S A HIGH SCHOOL
FOOTBALL STAR.

EVERYBODY LOVES HIM.

MY NEW NORMAL WAS GETTING
MY DAUGHTERS READY FOR SCHOOL

AND THEN MAKING MY PHONE CALLS
FOR THE DAY

TO SET UP TV STATION INTERVIEWS.

HE'S BEEN MISSING
SINCE MARCH 23rd.

WE JUST HAVEN'T
HEARD FROM HIM.

MY TYPICAL DAY
IS 4 TO 5 NEWS STORIES,

10 OR MORE NEWSPAPER INTERVIEWS.

IT WAS A LOT OF WORK
AND A LITTLE OVERWHELMING.

BUT LUCKILY, I HAD MY FAMILY
AND DAVON'S FRIENDS,

ESPECIALLY TRELL, TO HELP OUT.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE
TO SAY TO RALPH FLEMMING?

IF YOU'RE HIDING, RALPH,
DON'T REST EASY.

THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT.

WHAT'S DONE IN THE DARK
WILL COME TO LIGHT.

I WANTED TO MAKE SURE
THAT RALPH BECAME UNCOMFORTABLE.

YOU KNOW, DON'T REST EASY

AND THINK THAT YOU'VE
GOTTEN AWAY WITH ANYTHING,

BECAUSE I AM GOING
TO FIND OUT.

BECAUSE OF THE TIRELESS WORK

OF THIS YOUNG MAN'S
OLDER SISTER,

THE DISAPPEARANCE
OF ALEX DAVON BUCKMAN

HAS REACHED STATEWIDE
AND NATIONAL ATTENTION.

THE SPARTANBURG
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

HAS NOW NAMED RALPH FLEMMING

A PERSON OF INTEREST
IN THIS CASE.

JUNE 3rd
IS DAVON'S 18th BIRTHDAY.

SO WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING
TO CELEBRATE HIS 18th BIRTHDAY,

AS WELL AS SOMETHING TO BRING
THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER

AND RAISE MORE REWARD MONEY.

♪ GONNA LAY DOWN MY BURDENS ♪

♪ DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE ♪

AFTER TWO MONTHS OF SEARCHING,
I'M DRAINED.

THE COUNTLESS NEWS INTERVIEWS,

THE COUNTLESS
RADIO STATION INTERVIEWS,

MAKING SURE THAT MY MOM
IS NOT STRESSED.

BUT I CAN'T GIVE UP HOPE
OF FINDING DAVON,

IF NOT FOR ME AND MY MOM,

THEN FOR HIS SON, JAMARIUS.

♪ STUDY WAR NO MORE ♪

WHAT'S GOING ON?

I MISS MY BOY, MAN.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.
THERE'S NOTHING.

THERE'S NOTHING I CAN DO.

I REALLY DIDN'T KNOW
TRELL VERY WELL.

BUT IN THAT TWO-MONTH
TIME PERIOD,

I GOT TO SPEND
A LOT OF TIME WITH HIM.

WE JUST GOT TO BE STRONG,

STICK TOGETHER.

YOU'RE FAMILY NOW.

I REALLY APPRECIATED
HIS PRESENCE.

HE BECAME SOMEONE
THAT I STARTED TO LOOK AT

AS A LITTLE BROTHER.

JAYMEL, THAT LAST WEDNESDAY
YOU SAW DAVON,

HE DIDN'T HAVE A CAR, RIGHT?
HE WAS WALKING?

HEY, CRESHA, TRY TO LET IT GO.
JUST FOR THE DAY.

-YOU'RE RUNNING YOURSELF DOWN.
-YOU'RE RIGHT, SWEETIE.

BUT I WAS THINKING,

DID HE WALK OVER TO YOUR HOUSE
THAT WEDNESDAY OR DRIVE?

YEAH, HE DROVE.

BUT IT WASN'T WEDNESDAY.

IT WAS THURSDAY
WHEN HE DROPPED BY.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, THURSDAY?

YEAH, DAVON DROPPED BY
ON THURSDAY.

THAT CAN'T BE.
EVERYBODY I ASKED

SAID WEDNESDAY WAS THE LAST TIME
THEY SAW DAVON.

I KNOW FOR SURE
IT WAS THURSDAY.

-HE DROVE THERE?
-MM-HMM.

IN WHAT CAR?

TRELL'S CAR.

NAH. DAVON COULDN'T HAVE
HAD HIS CAR.

IT WAS TRELL'S CAR.

WHERE IS HE?

UH, HE LEFT.

HEY, CRESHA.

TRELL,
WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME

DAVON WAS DRIVING
YOUR CAR ON THURSDAY?

NAH, THAT WAS
WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT?

JAYMEL IS TELLING ME
SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

Listen, I can explain.

There's just some stuff

that Davon wouldn't
want you to know about.

WHAT ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT?

Davon wanted to go
into business.

TRELL TOLD ME THEY WENT OVER
TO THE FLEMMING HOUSE

TO MEET WITH RALPH.

LET'S MAKE THIS WORK.

HEY, SO WHAT DO WE
SAY TO HIM?

Y-YOU KNOW HE STILL BLAMES ME
FOR THAT STUFF THAT WENT DOWN.

MAN, I WOULDN'T WORRY
ABOUT THAT, ALL RIGHT?

-YOU SURE?
-GET THAT OUT YOUR MIND. YEAH.

HE'S PAST THAT.

-ALL RIGHT.
-IT'S BUSINESS NOW.

-IT'S BUSINESS.
-YOU GOOD?

I'M GOOD, MAN.

WHAT'S GOING ON, RALPH?

-WHAT'S GOOD?
-'SUP, RALPH.

YEAH, WHATEVER.

IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME
TO SAVE THIS UP.

NEVER HAD THIS MUCH
AT ONCE BEFORE.

MM-HMM.

I'LL BE BACK.

HEY, IS --
IS THIS HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO GO?

YEAH.

JUST THINK, THOUGH.

BET YOU DOUBLE YOUR MONEY UP
IN LIKE A WEEK.

-YEAH?
-SELLING THIS WEED.

I JUST FOUND OUT THAT
MY BROTHER'S BEST FRIEND TRELL

HAS BEEN LYING TO ME ABOUT
THE LAST TIME HE SAW DAVON.

AND NOW I BELIEVE HE KNOWS MORE
ABOUT HIS DISAPPEARANCE.

DAVON WAS BUYING DRUGS
FROM RALPH FLEMMING?

HE FELT PRESSURED.

I MEAN,
HIM BEING A FATHER NOW

AND STILL LIVING
WITH HIS MOTHER.

You paying for his kid
and et cetera.

I guess he just
wanted to be a man.

SO WHAT DID DAVON DO WHEN
RALPH FLEMMING PULLED THE GUN?

I THINK IT'S TIME YOU SNITCHES
NEED TO GET OUT OF MY HOUSE.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING, MAN?
WHAT YOU FLIPPING FOR?

COME ON, RALPH, MAN, YOU KNOW ME
FOR LIKE 10 YEARS, BRO.

CLIFF IS MY BROTHER, MAN.
YOU KNOW I WOULD NEVER DO THAT!

YOU GOT 30 SECONDS

TO GET THE HELL OUT.

HEY, FINE, MAN.

JUST GIVE ME BACK MY MONEY.

FORGET YOUR MONEY.

IT'S MY MONEY NOW, PLAYBOY.

COME ON, RALPH.

THAT'S ALL I GOT.

I NEED THAT MONEY BACK, MAN.
I NEED THAT MONEY.

IT'S FOR MY KID, MAN.

YOU GOT 10 SECONDS.

DAVON WAS SO SCARED, MAN,
HE TOOK THAT CAR

AND JUST -- JUST DROVE OFF,
LEFT ME THERE.

SO WHAT ELSE DO YOU KNOW
THAT YOU AIN'T TELLING ME?

THAT'S ALL.

I KNEW THAT HE KNEW SOMETHING,
AND HE WAS SCARED.

AND THEN TRELL DISAPPEARS.

NOBODY CAN REACH HIM.
HE BECOMES M.I.A.

I'M THINKING TRELL RAN AWAY
BECAUSE HE'S AFRAID

OF WHAT RALPH WOULD DO TO HIM

NOW THAT I KNOW
ABOUT THE DRUG DEAL.

I WAS SITTING AT MY HOUSE.

AND FOR SOME REASON,
I WAS JUST SO UNSETTLED.

AND I DECIDED THAT I WANTED
TO BE IN MY BROTHER'S SPACE.

FOR SEVEN MONTHS, I REALLY DID
NOT GO INTO MY BROTHER'S ROOM

UNLESS I HAD TO.

SO I DROVE MY MOTHER'S HOUSE.

IN HIS ROOM, I ALWAYS KEPT
A BATTERY-OPERATED CANDLE LIT.

THE HOUSE WAS QUIET.

IT WAS DARK.

I OPENED THE DOOR
TO MY MOM'S HOUSE,

AND ACTUALLY WENT STRAIGHT
TO MY BROTHER'S ROOM.

MY BROTHER'S CLOTHES
STILL HAD HIS SCENT,

STILL SMELLED LIKE HIM.

AND I TOLD HIM, YOU KNOW,

"DAVON, I LOVE YOU.
I'M YOUR SISTER.

I'M GONNA ALWAYS
LOOK OUT FOR YOU."

"IF YOU'RE NOT ALIVE, SHOW ME."

AND THEN I RECEIVED
A CALL FROM MY HUSBAND.

HELLO?

Baby, it's Maurice.
They found Trell.

He was arrested
for armed robbery.

-His arraignment is next week.
-I NEED TO BE THERE.

TRELL ROBBED THE MOVIE THEATER
THAT HE WAS WORKING AT.

HE KNEW THE MANAGER'S ROUTINE.

HE WAITED FOR THE MANAGER
TO COME IN.

HE PULLED A GUN

AND TOLD HER
TO GIVE HIM THE MONEY.

WHEN HE WALKED IN
TO THE COURTROOM,

HE LOOKED AT ME.

AND HE WAS ESCORTED OVER,

AND HE SAT DOWN
WITH HIS LAWYER.

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

YOUR HONOR,
I'D LIKE TO PLEAD GUILTY

TO ROBBING THAT MOVIE THEATER.

AND I WANT TO CONFESS, TOO,

TO WITNESSING THE MURDER OF
MY BEST FRIEND, DAVON BUCKMAN.

HE LOOKED AT ME,
AND HE DROPPED HIS HEAD.

YOU SEE, I WAS THERE
WHEN RALPH FLEMMING SHOT HIM.

TRELL'S BECOME SO CLOSE
TO OUR FAMILY.

BUT HE'S BEEN LYING TO US
FOR SEVEN MONTHS.

AND NOW I KNOW HE'S THE ONE
PERSON WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH.

AFTER SEVEN MONTHS
OF WORKING WITH MY FAMILY

TO FIND MY MISSING BROTHER,
DAVON, HIS BEST FRIEND TRELL

CONFESSED TO WITNESSING
HIS MURDER.

THE DETECTIVES SAID
THAT TRELL'S STORY

IS CONSIDERED HEARSAY

UNLESS HE CAN LEAD THEM
TO DAVON'S BODY.

WHERE'S THE BODY?

RALPH WAS DRIVING.

I DON'T REMEMBER EXACTLY
WHERE WE WERE GOING.

DID YOU DUMP IT SOMEWHERE?
DID YOU GO TO A DUMPSTER,

A BACK ALLEY SOMEWHERE?

I JUST -- I JUST REMEMBER
IT SMELLED BAD.

UH, IT SMELLED HORRIBLE.
IT WAS A DUMP.

A DUMP.
YOU MEAN LIKE A LANDFILL

WHERE THEY PUT
ALL THE TRASH, RIGHT?

WHICH ONE?

DO YOU REMEMBER
ANYTHING --

ANY ROUTES YOU TOOK,
ANY LANDMARKS?

THERE WAS A GAS STATION.

-IT WAS A HESS STATION.
-A HESS STATION.

GOOD.

SIT TIGHT.

YO, GET A CAR READY!

ABBEVILLE LANDFILL
IS ABOUT 155 ACRES.

SO IT WAS A LOT OF AREA
FOR THEM TO COVER.

HOW'S IT GOING?

AND THEN THIS GENTLEMAN
WORKING AT THE LANDFILL

TOLD THEM THAT HE REMEMBERS

STEPPING IN A HOLE

AND SMELLING A FOUL SMELL.

-LET'S GO.
-OKAY.

ON THE FIRST DIG,

HE PULLS UP A BLACK TRASH BAG.

AND INITIALLY,
THEY'RE THINKING,

"LANDFILL, BLACK TRASH BAGS --
NOTHING ABNORMAL."

BUT SOMETHING TOLD THEM
TO OPEN IT.

AND WHEN THEY OPENED IT...

...THEY FOUND REMAINS,
MY BROTHER'S REMAINS.

YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS?

THAT'S A CORONER'S REPORT.

WE FOUND THE BODY, TRELL.

AND ACCORDING TO THAT,
DAVON WASN'T SHOT.

SO WHY DON'T YOU
TELL US THE REAL STORY?

♪ I'M LEAVIN'
WITH A HONEY TONIGHT ♪

♪ SHE GON' SEE WHAT SHE LIKE ♪

♪ AND SHE GON' LIKE
THAT I'M GOOD ON MIKES ♪

♪ I GOT SOME ICE ON ME
LIKE I PLAY HOCKEY ♪

♪ DRUNK LIKE A ZOMBIE,
TALKIN' LIKE ROCKY ♪

♪ BUT I SEE YOU WATCHIN' ME ♪

Davon there with you?

-YEAH.
-GOOD.

KEEP HIM THERE.
WE'RE COMING OVER.

THEM GIRLS
JUST BE CRAZY, MAN.

MAN, AIN'T YOU LEARNED
NOTHING YET?

YOU DON'T LET 'EM
UNDER YOUR SKIN.

COME ON.
IT'S YOUR TURN.

LET'S GO.

ALL RIGHT.

♪ YOU GOT THE GREEN LIGHT,
GREEN LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT ♪

YOU KNOW
WHAT I'M GONNA DO, MAN?

I'M GONNA TAKE A COUPLE GUYS
AND GO BACK TO RALPH'S HOUSE.

YOU KNOW, REALLY
STAND MY GROUND

AND GET MY MONEY BACK.

NAH, MAN, I THINK, UH -- I THINK
YOU SHOULD JUST LAY LOW.

TRELL CAME TO DAVON
AND STARTED STABBING HIM.

MY BROTHER WAS FIGHTING.

HE WAS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE.

TRELL CONTINUED TO STAB HIM

MULTIPLE TIMES

IN THE HEAD, IN THE FACE.

THE ACTUAL WOUND
THAT KILLED HIM --

TRELL STABBED HIM

IN THE CHEST
BETWEEN THIRD AND FOURTH RIB

AND PENETRATED THE HEART.

TRELL SAW A MOMENT

WHERE HE COULD PROVE
HIS LOYALTY TO RALPH

BY SHOWING HIM,
"I'M NOT A SNITCH

AND I CAN SHOW YOU
BY KILLING DAVON,

BY KILLING MY OWN FRIEND."

TRELL THEN TAKES
MY BROTHER'S BODY,

TAKES HIM IN THE BATHROOM.

HE POURS BLEACH AND VINEGAR
ON THE BODY.

AND THEN HE PROCEEDS
TO TAKE AN ELECTRICAL SAW

AND DISMEMBER HIS BODY.

HE ALLOWED HIM
TO SIT IN THE BATHTUB

FOR 24 HOURS,

I GUESS TO ALLOW
THE BLOOD TO DRAIN OUT

OR WHATEVER HIS LOGIC WAS
FOR THAT.

I HAVE NO IDEA.

AFTER 24 HOURS,

HE BAGS MY BROTHER'S REMAINS

INTO THREE TRASH BAGS.

THEY THREW A BAG OF REMAINS
IN A DUMPSTER

AND BURIED TWO TRASH BAGS

OF MY BROTHER'S REMAINS
IN ABBEVILLE LANDFILL.

AND HE GOES ON WITH HIS LIFE

AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED.

AFTER TRELL CONFESSED,

THE POLICE HAD WHAT THEY NEEDED

TO FIND AND ARREST EVERYONE
INVOLVED IN DAVON'S MURDER.

THE WHOLE TIME
IN LOOKING FOR MY BROTHER,

WANTING ANSWERS,
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON
HE TALKED TO,

THE PERSON THAT COMMITTED
THE MURDER WAS WITH ME.

HE WAS PUTTING OUT FLYERS.

OH, MY GOODNESS. THANK YOU
SO MUCH FOR HELPING OUT.

HE WAS HOLDING MY NEPHEW.

HE SHARED IN THE MOST
INTIMATE MOMENTS

WITH ME AND MY FAMILY.

FOR SEVEN MONTHS, I FOUGHT.

I DIDN'T SLEEP.

ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT
WAS FINDING HIM.

AND I NEVER ACCEPTED,
I NEVER THOUGHT

THAT I WOULDN'T GET
TO SEE HIM AGAIN.

I JUST KNEW THAT

BIG SISTER WAS GOING TO COME
AND SAVE THE DAY AGAIN, AND...

I, ONCE
AGAIN, WAS GONNA BRING HIM HOME

AND BE THE BIG SISTER

THAT FIXED EVERYTHING
LIKE I NORMALLY DO.

AND, UM, I KNEW THIS WAS
SOMETHING I COULDN'T FIX.