I, Witness (2017–…): Season 1, Episode 5 - The Judas Kiss - full transcript

Kenneth Cloud is shot outside a restaurant, while his wife looks on. Detective Bill Martin goes with his gut down a path of lonely hearts and polygamous drifters to nail the shooter.

I DON'T KNOW THAT ALL DETECTIVES
WOULD AGREE WITH ME ON THIS.

BUT ALL HOMICIDES TAKE A LITTLE
BIT OF SOMETHING AWAY FROM YOU.

EVERY ONE OF 'EM DO.

I DON'T KNOW WHY WE DON'T
DO THIS MORE OFTEN.

I KNOW.
WE REALLY SHOULD.

LET'S MAKE IT
A WEEKLY THING.

OKAY, YEAH.
RIGHT, RIGHT? YEAH.

IT DESTROYS, TO SOME EXTENT,

YOUR FEELINGS AND YOUR THOUGHTS
ABOUT WHAT'S SAFE.

YOU AND ME, A BURGER,
A BEER OR TWO...

OKAY.
MAYBE THREE, MAYBE THREE.



MAYBE.

HEY, HONEY.
WHAT?

HAVE I ALREADY TOLD YOU
HOW FINE YOU LOOK TONIGHT?

I HOPE THAT'S NOT
THE BEER TALKING.

NO, MAN.
THAT'S ME.

YOU'RE MY GIRL.

OH, YEAH!

YOU KNOW, YOU THINK
EVERYTHING'S SO NICE AND SECURE.

OH!

YOU THINK ABOUT THAT.

BUT THAT HAPPENED TO ME.

OH, MY GOD!

SOMEBODY HELP ME!

HELP ME,
SOMEBODY HELP ME, PLEASE!



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YUMA HAD
IT'S SHARE OF CRIME.

AND WE -- WE WOULD HAVE MAYBE

A SPREE OF GAS STATION ROBBERIES

OR CORNER STORE
TYPE ROBBERIES.

BUT YOU JUST DIDN'T HAVE
A LOT OF MURDERS IN YUMA.

I CAME TO POLICE
WORK LATER IN LIFE.

I DID 20 YEARS
IN THE MARINE CORPS.

IT WAS GOOD TO ME.
I WAS GOOD TO THEM.

BUT, AT 40 YEARS OLD,
I THOUGHT IT WAS TIME

TO DO SOMETHIN' ELSE.

YUMA CITY POLICE
WERE LOOKIN' FOR OFFICERS.

I DID PROPERTY CRIME FOR A YEAR.

BUT I WANTED TO DO HOMICIDE.
IT WAS EXCITING.

AND I REALLY WANTED
TO HELP PEOPLE.

DIAMONDBACKS -- MAJOR LEAGUE
BASEBALL IN ARIZONA NEXT YEAR!

DETECTIVE BRYAN ROGERS
WAS MY SENIOR.

HE HAD SEEN IT ALL.

AND I HAD A LOT
TO LEARN FROM HIM.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME,
WAYNE?

VICTIM'S KENNETH CLOUD.

SEEMS SHOT TO THE NECK.

THE AMBULANCE SAYS
HE'S NOT GONNA MAKE IT.

WIFE WAS WITH HIM
WHEN IT HAPPENED.

SHE'S IN THE RESTAURANT.

KAY CLOUD WAS
PRETTY SHAKEN UP.

SO THE PARAMEDICS HAD GIVEN HER
A SEDATIVE TO CALM HER NERVES.

BY THE TIME WE ARRIVED
AT THE SCENE, KEN CLOUD

HAD ALREADY BEEN TAKEN
TO THE HOSPITAL.

BUT HE DIDN'T SURVIVE.

HERE'S MY POLAROIDS.

THIS OFFICER HAD
THE PRESENCE OF MIND

TO GET HIS CAMERA
THAT THEY GAVE YOU

AND ACTUALLY REACH IN
OVER THE MEDICS

AND TAKEN PHOTOGRAPHS
OF THE VICTIM

WHILE HE WAS IN THERE.

KENNETH CLOUD WAS SLUMPED

OVER THE SEAT
IN A POOL OF BLOOD.

AND BLOOD WAS EVERYWHERE.

HE WAS SHOT THROUGH
THE LEFT SIDE

OF THE NECK
AT ABOUT THIS ANGLE,

CUT HIS CAROTID,
THROUGH HIS WINDPIPE

AND COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE.

HE BASICALLY DROWNED
IN HIS OWN BLOOD.

THE GUNSHOT RESIDUE
ON THE DRIVER'S WINDOW

INDICATED, IN THIS CASE,

THAT THE SHOOTER WAS
WITHIN 1 TO 2 FEET, VERY CLOSE.

THERE WAS NO INDICATION
THAT THERE WAS A ROBBERY.

AND THERE WAS
NO MURDER WEAPON FOUND.

OUR ASSUMPTION WAS IT
WAS AN EXECUTION.

GOT A WITNESS
OVER HERE ON THE BIKE.

AT THE SCENE OF THE SHOOTING,
A TEENAGER WAS IDENTIFIED.

THIS THE WITNESS?

SO, YOU SAW WHAT HAPPENED?

YEAH.

HE HAD BEEN CUTTING THROUGH THE
PARKING LOT AT BURGERS & BEER.

AND, INITIALLY, HE THOUGHT

SOMEONE WAS BREAKING
IN THE VEHICLE

AND IT WAS THE WINDOW
SHATTERING.

HE DESCRIBED HIM
AS A HISPANIC MALE,

KINDA HEAVYSET,

35, 40 YEARS OLD.

AND HE THOUGHT HE WAS

TUCKING SOMETHING
INTO HIS PANTS.

THERE WAS ANOTHER WITNESS --
KEN'S WIFE, KAY CLOUD.

SHE WAS STILL INSIDE
THE RESTAURANT.

KAY CLOUD HAD
AN INJURY TO HER LIP.

THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTED
THAT THE BULLET SEPARATED,

HIT THE DASH AND THEN DEFLECTED,

HITTING KAY CLOUD IN THE LIP.

I'M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.

I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE UPSET.

BUT WE NEED TO GET THROUGH
THIS WHILE IT'S ALL FRESH.

CAN YOU JUST TELL US
ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED

WHEN YOU LEFT THE RESTAURANT?

WE, UH, WE WENT OUT
INTO THE PARKING LOT.

KEN PUT HIS ARM
AROUND ME.

WE KISSED AT THE BACK
OF THE TRUCK.

AND I WALKED OVER
TO MY SIDE.

I OPENED MY DOOR.
AND I -- I HEARD A POP.

SOMETHING HIT MY LIP.

I LOOKED OVER AT KEN.

AND HE HAD FALLEN BACK.

AND THERE WAS BLOOD
POURING OUT OF HIM.

I JUST STARTED SCREAMING.

AND I RAN BACK INTO
THE RESTAURANT.

SOME PEOPLE CALLED 911.

BEFORE I WAS INVOLVED
IN THIS CASE,

I DIDN'T KNOW
WHO KENNETH CLOUD WAS.

I KNEW HE WAS A FARMER.

CAN YOU TELL US
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT KEN,

WHAT THE TWO OF YOU DID TODAY?

WAS THIS A NORMAL DAY?

KEN AND I HAVE BEEN
MARRIED FOR 15 YEARS.

WE FOUND EACH OTHER
LATER IN LIFE.

KENNETH WAS 55 YEARS OLD,

WHAT I WOULD CALL
A GENTLEMAN FARMER.

HE HAD FAMILY IN THE AREA,
A BROTHER, JOHNNY,

AND A SISTER, NORMA.

AND THE THREE OF THEM
WERE VERY CLOSE.

OVER THE YEARS,
HE'D PICKED UP FARMLAND

TO WHERE HE HAD
A COUPLE HUNDRED ACRES.

YOU KNOW, HE WASN'T GROWIN'
A WHOLE BUNCH OF CROPS.

HE BASICALLY
RENTED HIS LAND.

IT WAS A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS.

KENNETH CLOUD WAS MAKING
$150,000 TO $200,000 A YEAR.

AND THAT WAS IN 1997.

KENNETH CLOUD'S ASSETS

COME UP TO PROBABLY
A COUPLE MILLION BUCKS

FOR THE LAND.

I MEAN, HE'S RICH.
HE'S A MILLIONAIRE.

BUT YOU WOULDN'T KNOW IT.

ALL RIGHT.
ONE, TWO, THREE.

CHEESE!

SO, THE TWO OF YOU
WERE PRETTY WELL OFF.

YOU COULD SAY THAT.

WE LIVE VERY MODESTLY.

ANYBODY EVER THREATEN KEN,

BUSINESS DEAL GONE BAD?

WELL, HE DIDN'T DO
SO WELL FOR HIMSELF

WITHOUT KNOWING
HOW TO SQUEEZE A NICKEL.

THAT RUBBED SOME PEOPLE
THE WRONG WAY.

LIKE WHO?

THERE WAS A TENANT,
A JIMMY.

HE AND KEN WENT AT IT
PRETTY BAD IN OCTOBER.

JIMMY EVER THREATEN KEN?

HE SURE DID.

I MEAN,
I WASN'T THERE.

BUT KEN CAME HOME
MAD AS HELL.

WHAT'S THIS
JIMMY LOOK LIKE?

LOOKS MEXICAN,
IN HIS 30's, MAYBE.

TALL?

SIX FOOT, MAYBE.

KAY CLOUD'S DESCRIPTION
OF JIMMY MATCHED

WHAT WE HAD JUST HEARD
FROM THE EYEWITNESS.

WE NEEDED TO GO
TALK TO JIMMY.

A FEW WEEKS BEFORE
KEN CLOUD WAS MURDERED,

HE GOT INTO A BAD ARGUMENT
WITH ONE OF HIS TENANTS.

WE KNEW JIMMY HAD
A COUPLE ARRESTS FOR ROBBERIES.

AND THERE WAS ALSO AN INCIDENT
WHERE SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY

HAD BEEN FIRING A WEAPON
AROUND THE RESIDENCE.

JIMMY?

I'M DETECTIVE ROGERS.
THIS IS DETECTIVE MARTIN.

YOU WERE A TENANT OF KEN CLOUD

FOR QUITE SOME TIME,
WEREN'T YOU?

THAT CHEAP SON OF A BITCH

WANTED TO KICK US
OUT ON THE STREET.

YOU ASK ME, AIN'T NOBODY
GONNA MISS HIM.

JIMMY ADMITTED HE HAD
A PROBLEM WITH KENNY,

THAT THEY HAD AN ARGUMENT.

JIMMY THOUGHT KENNY WAS CHEAP,
CHARGED TOO MUCH,

WASN'T FIXIN' THE PLACE
UP AND ULTIMATELY,

BECAUSE OF THE WEAPONS INCIDENT,

KENNY EVICTED JIMMY'S FAMILY
FROM THE PROPERTY.

SO, WHERE WERE YOU
THE NIGHT KEN CLOUD GOT SHOT?

I WAS ON A DELIVERY AT THE
CIRCLE K OVER IN GILA BEND.

THE MANAGER'S BRENT.

CALL HIM.

YOU NEED
TO WATCH YOUR STEP.

WE'RE GONNA BE
WATCHIN' YOU.

YOU UNDERSTAND?

WE WENT BACK TO THE STATION
TO CHECK OUT JIMMY'S ALIBI.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU
KNOWN JIMMY?

SO, YOU'RE SURE IT WAS HIM.

AND YOU'RE SURE
-IT WAS ON THE 9
-TH?

JIMMY'S ALIBI
WAS VERIFIED.

HE WAS AT WORK
WHEN KEN CLOUD WAS KILLED.

ALL RIGHT.
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

SO, THERE GOES
OUR ONE SUSPECT.

THE MURDER OF KENNETH CLOUD
WAS A BIG DEAL.

A LOT OF NEWS COVERAGE.

AND THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SCENE
BY THE BICYCLIST WAS PUT OUT.

AND IT WAS IN THE PAPER.

IT WAS ON TV.

ARE YOU DETECTIVE MARTIN?

HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

I'M A FRIEND OF KAY CLOUD'S.

I THINK I HAVE INFORMATION
REGARDING KEN CLOUD'S MURDER.

THIS IS DETECTIVE ROGERS.

PLEASED TO MEET YOU, MA'AM.
LET ME GET YOU A CHAIR.

SHE KNOWS THE PERSON
BASED ON THE DESCRIPTION

THAT WAS PUT IN THE PAPER

THAT SHE BELIEVED WAS
POSSIBLY INVOLVED IN THIS.

SHE STATED THAT HE ARRIVED
IN YUMA A COUPLE YEARS AGO.

HE CLAIMED THAT HE WAS
WORTH $35 MILLION.

AND HE WANTED A BANK.

SHE INTRODUCED HIM TO KAY CLOUD,

WHO WORKED AT BANK ONE IN YUMA.

HOW CAN I HELP
YOU TODAY?

HE HAD INVESTMENT PAPERWORK
FROM AN INVESTMENT COMPANY

INDICATING THAT HE WAS
WORTH ALL THIS MONEY.

THAT WAS GIVEN
TO KAY CLOUD.

THANK YOU.

THEY TOLD ME THAT YOU'RE
THE PERSON THAT CAN HELP ME.

SHE IDENTIFIED HIM
AS VINCENT ACARDO.

IT WAS LOVELY
TO MEET YOU.

I'LL BE IN TOUCH
IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.

I WILL WAIT
FOR YOUR CALL.

KATE CLOUD HAD SENT THAT
TO PHOENIX, TO THE MAIN BANK.

AND THEY DISCOVERED THAT
THE PAPERWORK WAS FRAUDULENT.

WHEN THE BANK FOUND
OUT HIS DOCUMENTATION

WAS FRAUDULENT,
VINCENT ACARDO DISAPPEARED.

THIS IS OFFICER WAYNE BOYD,
POLICE DEPARTMENT -- WE'RE

LOOKIN' FOR A MAN WHO MIGHT HAVE
STAYED WITH YOU RECENTLY.

IT SEEMED LIKE
A LONG SHOT.

BUT IT WAS THE ONLY
LEAD WE HAD.

SO WE LOOKED
INTO ACARDO'S BACKGROUND

HOPING TO FIND ANYTHING AT ALL

THAT MIGHT CONNECT HIM
TO THE MURDER.

KICKED OUT OF
THE MARINES IN '83.

THERE'S A PHOTO OF HIM IN BOOT.

THAT'S GOOD.

VINCENT ACARDO DID HAVE
A CRIMINAL HISTORY.

HE HAD A HISTORY
OF AN ARMED ROBBERY,

SOME FRAUDS AND --
AND THEFTS.

BUT HE HAD BEEN SMART
ENOUGH ALL THESE YEARS

TO KEEP HIS NAME OFF
ANY TYPE OF RECORD

THAT CAN BE TRACKED.

ALL HIS DOCUMENTS
WERE BOGUS.

HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY.
HE WAS HERE.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, HERE?
WHERE'S HERE?

RIGHT HERE IN YUMA,
THE TRAVEL LODGE.

VINCENT ACARDO HAD STAYED
AT THE TRAVEL LODGE IN YUMA

ON THE DAY OF THE MURDER.

GOOD JOB, WAYNE.

THANK YOU, SIR.

WE WENT TO THE TRAVEL LODGE
TO INVESTIGATE.

LET'S GO.

HEY, TAKE A LOOK.

FROM VINCENT ACARDO'S ROOM
AT THE TRAVEL LODGE,

YOU COULD LOOK STRAIGHT
ACROSS THE POOL

AND SEE THE CRIME SCENE.

HE WAS WATCHIN'
FROM RIGHT HERE.

FROM HIS ROOM
AT THE TRAVEL LODGE,

VINCENT ACARDO HAD A CLEAR VIEW

OF THE SCENE
OF KEN CLOUD'S MURDER.

CAN WE SEE THAT
REGISTER RECEIPT NOW?

ON THE RECEIPT, THERE WAS
ANOTHER RECORD.

THERE WERE PHONE CALLS
MADE TO THE MOTEL 6

ON ARIZONA AVENUE IN YUMA.

AND IT'S, LIKE, OKAY,
WHAT'S THAT ABOUT?

WHO'S AT THE MOTEL 6?

WE GET TO THE MOTEL 6.
WE SPEAK TO THE CLERK.

WE ASK HIM WHO RENTED
THE ROOM THAT DAY.

THEY PULL OUT THEIR DOCUMENTS.

AND IT WAS RENTED TO A WOMAN
CALLED BETTY HOWERTON.

OKAY, SO WHO'S
BETTY HOWERTON?

WELL, WE RAN THE LICENSE PLATE
FROM THE VEHICLE

THAT WAS LISTED
ON THE MOTEL 6 RECEIPT.

WE RAN THAT INFORMATION
THROUGH THE CRIME COMPUTER.

AND IT CAME BACK.

THE CAR WAS REGISTERED
TO LISA BAKER.

AND WE LEARNED THAT
BETTY HOWERTON

IS LISA BAKER'S MOTHER.

BASED ON THOSE PHONE CALLS,
THEY'RE CONNECTED TO ACARDO.

WHY WOULD HE CALL THEM?
WHO ARE THEY TO HIM?

COULD THEY HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLICES
INVOLVED IN THE MURDER?

ACARDO HAD A CRIMINAL PAST.

SO HE KNEW HOW TO HIDE.

AND HE WAS NOWHERE
TO BE FOUND.

BUT, THROUGH THE
CAR REGISTRATION,

WE LEARNED THAT BETTY HOWERTON

WAS LOCATED IN MCALLEN, TEXAS.

WE MADE THE DECISION
TO GO TO TEXAS

TO INTERVIEW BETTY HOWERTON.

WHAT IF SHE'S NOT ALONE?

YOU GO TO A DIFFERENT STATE,
YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR GUN.

YOU'RE OUT OF STATE,
YOU'RE OUT OF YOUR JURISDICTION.

AND YOU DON'T HAVE BACKUP.

WE COULD'VE KNOCKED
ON BETTY HOWERTON'S DOOR

AND VINCENT ACARDO
ANSWER THE DOOR.

MISS HOWERTON?

YES..
I'M DETECTIVE ROGERS.

THIS IS DETECTIVE MARTIN,
YUMA, ARIZONA POLICE DEPARTMENT.

WOULD YOU HAVE TIME
FOR A FEW QUESTIONS?

I GUESS SO.

WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP
WITH LISA BAKER?

SHE'S MY DAUGHTER.

WHAT'S HER RELATIONSHIP
WITH VINCENT ACARDO?

WELL, SHE'S PREGNANT BY HIM.

LET'S PUT IT THAT WAY.

I DON'T LIKE THE MAN.

SHE SAID THEY WERE IN YUMA...

CAN YOU LET ME
GET THE DOOR?

BECAUSE ACARDO TELLS LISA

THAT HE HAS TO COME
TO YUMA FOR BUSINESS.

LISA DOESN'T REALLY TRUST HIM.

SO SHE SAYS,
"I'M GONNA GO WITH YOU."

YOU OKAY, SWEETHEART?
UH-HUH.

BUT LISA'S PREGNANT.

AND BETTY HOWERTON
TELLS LISA,

"I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO.
YOU'RE PREGNANT.

I DON'T WANT YOU TO GO ALL THAT
WAY BY YOURSELF OR WITH HIM.

'CAUSE HE'S JUST GONNA
LEAVE YOU IN A HOTEL

LIKE HE ALWAYS DOES."

BETTY HOWERTON AND LISA
ARE IN THE HOTEL ROOM.

AND THIS WENT ON
FOR ABOUT A WEEK OR SO.

AND THEN THEY LEFT YUMA.

SO, WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

WHO KNOWS?
I DON'T KNOW.

SHE'S WITH ACARDO.
I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE.

DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING
ABOUT THE MURDER OF KEN CLOUD?

WHO?
KEN CLOUD.

I'M SORRY.
I DON'T KNOW THAT NAME AT ALL.

IT'S OBVIOUS SHE WAS
LYING TO US.

YOU CAN'T --

YOU CAN'T DO POLICE WORK
WITHOUT KNOWING --

KNOWING WHEN PEOPLE'S
LYIN' TO YOU.

EVEN THOUGH WE THOUGHT
SHE WAS LYING,

WE DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY
OR THE RESOURCES TO DO

ANY KIND OF LONG-TERM,

OUT-OF-STATE SURVEILLANCE
ON BETTY HOWERTON.

THANK YOU
FOR YOUR TIME, MA'AM.

CERTAINLY.

BYE.

AT THIS POINT,
WE WERE AT A DEAD END.

WE WERE PRETTY SURE
ACARDO WAS INVOLVED.

BUT WE COULDN'T FIND HIM.

AND, EVEN IF WE DID,

WE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE

CONNECTING HIM
TO THE MURDER.

SO WE COULDN'T
ARREST HIM.

JOHNNY CLOUD IS
THE VICTIM'S BROTHER.

NORMA WAS HIS SISTER.

AND THEY CAME IN,
VERY NICE PEOPLE.

DETECTIVE MARTIN?

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE
YOU COMIN' DOWN TODAY.

YOU DON'T HAVE
TO THANK US.

AND I REALLY FELT BAD FOR THEM.

I FELT BAD FOR THEIR FAMILY.

THEY WANTED THE BROTHER'S
MURDERER CAUGHT.

HOW WERE THINGS WITH YOUR
BROTHER BEFORE THE SHOOTING?

ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY?

ANY MONEY ISSUES?

KENNY DID TELL ME
THIS THING BOTHERIN' HIM

RIGHT BEFORE HE DIED.

KAY HAD WITHDRAWN MONEY
FROM ONE OF THEIR ACCOUNTS,

SOMETHING LIKE $6,000.

HE THOUGHT SHE WAS GONNA USE
TO WALK OUT ON HIM.

DOES THAT CHANGE
THE INVESTIGATION?

SURE, IT CHANGES IT.
EVERYTHING CAN CHANGE IT.

AT SOME POINT, YOU NEED
TO KINDA BACK OFF,

REGROUP A LITTLE BIT AND --

AND KINDA GET YOUR HEADS
TOGETHER ON --

ON WHERE YOU'RE
GONNA GO FROM HERE.

WE CAN SEE THAT KAY CLOUD
WAS MOVING MONEY

BETWEEN HER ACCOUNTS AND TAKING
OUT LARGE SUMS OF CASH.

BUT WE COULDN'T TELL
WHERE THE CASH WAS GOING.

YOU GOT THE WIFE RAPIDLY
LOSING HER STATUS

AS A WITNESS AND A VICTIM.

KAY CLOUD WAS LOOKING MORE
AND MORE AS A SUSPECT.

YOU KNOW, I THINK
SHE JUST MIGHTA DONE IT.

AND SHE PAID FOR IT
WITH HER HUSBAND'S OWN MONEY.

IT'S BEEN 3 YEARS SINCE
KENNETH CLOUD'S MURDER.

AND WE'RE STILL NO CLOSER
TO FINDING VINCENT ACARDO.

AND, AT THIS TIME,
MY MENTOR AND PARTNER,

BRYAN ROGERS, WAS RETIRING.

AND I WAS OFFICIALLY
GIVEN THE CASE

FOR THE MURDER OF KENNETH CLOUD.

BRYAN ROGERS FIGURED OUT

PRETTY MUCH THE NUTS
AND BOLTS OF THAT CASE.

BUT HE COULD NOT
FIND ACARDO.

DURING THAT TIME FRAME,

I ALSO TOOK OVER
THE RESPONSIBILITY

OF THE VICTIM'S FAMILY.

KEN CLOUD'S BROTHER, JOHNNY,
AND HIS SISTER, NORMA,

WOULD COME IN MONTH
AFTER MONTH ASKING

FOR ANY INFORMATION

ABOUT THEIR BROTHER'S MURDER.

SEEING THIS GRIEVING FAMILY
WAS A CONSTANT REMINDER

I'D FAILED TO
SOLVE THIS CASE.

THAT WAS IT.
SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE.

HEY, SERGEANT,
YOU GOT A MINUTE?

BILL, I KNOW YOU'RE UPSET.

BUT WE'RE DOING
EVERYTHING WE CAN GIVEN

THE RESOURCES ALLOCATED.

DON'T GIVE ME THIS CRAP
ABOUT RESOURCES.

LET'S CALL THE FBI.

LET'S SPEND
SOME MONEY ON THIS.

I JUST DON'T SEE
HOW WE CAN AFFORD IT.

WE HAVE TO.

OTHERWISE, YOU GUYS
CAN MEET WITH THE CLOUDS

EACH TIME THEY COME AROUND.

TELL 'EM WE'RE DOING THE BEST
THAT WE CAN WITH WHAT WE'VE GOT.

AFTER THAT MEETING, WE WERE ABLE
TO FORM A TASK FORCE

SO I COULD FOCUS ALL MY TIME
ON SOLVING THE CLOUD CASE.

WE STILL DIDN'T KNOW
WHERE VINCENT ACARDO WAS.

AND NOW WE REALIZED

THAT KAY CLOUD COULD
BE THE KEY TO FINDING HIM.

THE FIRST THING
WE DID WAS GO BACK

TO KAY CLOUD'S PHONE RECORDS

TO SEE IF WE MISSED ANYTHING.

KAY CLOUD HAD TWO LAND LINES
AND A CELL PHONE.

AND SHE'S ON THE PHONE A LOT.

EVERY DAY WITH A HIGHLIGHTER
CROSSING NUMBERS OUT,

MARKING NUMBERS.

MY ASSUMPTION WAS THERE HAD
TO BE SOMETHING WE'RE MISSING.

THERE HAS TO BE
ANOTHER PHONE SOMEPLACE.

HEY, MARTIN?

YEAH?

YOU'RE GONNA WANNA TAKE
A LOOK AT THIS.

YOU RECOGNIZE THIS NUMBER?

IT LOOKS LOCAL, BUT I'VE NEVER
SEEN IT ANYWHERE BEFORE.

LET'S GIVE IT A TRY.

OKAY.

HI, BABY.

A FEMALE ANSWERED THE PHONE,
SAYING "HI, BABY."

BABY?

AND IT'S KAY CLOUD.

VINNY BABY?

VINCENT?

SURE AS HELL SOUNDED
LIKE KAY CLOUD TO ME.

YOU'RE SURE IT WAS HER?

IT GETS BETTER.

GUESS WHO SHE THOUGHT
IT WAS CALLIN' HER.

TELL ME SHE THOUGHT
YOU WERE VINCENT ACARDO.

SHE CALLS HIM VINNY,
VINNY BABY.

WE TOOK THAT NUMBER.

WE SUBPOENAED THE SUBSCRIBER
INFORMATION, WHO OWNS THE PHONE.

AND IT COMES BACK.
IT WAS A BURNER PHONE.

AND IT WAS REGISTERED
TO KAY CLOUD.

SHE MUST HAVE
CALLED THE PHONE

FROM HER LAND LINE
TO CHECK THE VOICE MAIL.

THAT'S THE PHONE
WE'VE BEEN LOOKIN' FOR.

WE KNOW THEY'VE BEEN
COMMUNICATING WITH EACH OTHER.

THIS IS OUR CONNECTION.

ONCE WE HAD THE PHONE LINE

AND KNEW THAT KAY CLOUD
AND VINCENT ACARDO

WERE USING IT TO COMMUNICATE,

WE HAD ENOUGH EVIDENCE
FOR A WIRE TAP.

THIS WAS THE FIRST WIRETAP

THAT OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT
HAD EVER DONE.

WE WANTED TO HEAR THEM TALK,

TO HAVE A RECORDING OF HIM

AND HER TALKING AND POSSIBLY

ADMITTING TO SOMETHING WOULD
BE INVALUABLE FOR THE CASE.

HI, BABY.

I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT YOU.

THAT'S ALL.

CAN'T A GIRL THINK ABOUT A MAN?

OH, YEAH, OF COURSE.

I JUST WANNA SEE YOU.

THAT'S ALL.

THAT HOTEL IN SAN DIEGO --

WILL WE EVER
BE TOGETHER AGAIN?

WE COULDN'T BE SURE
EXACTLY WHEN IT STARTED.

BUT IT BECAME CLEAR THAT,

AT SOME POINT AFTER
THEY MET AT THE BANK,

KAY CLOUD AND ACARDO HAD BECOME
ROMANTICALLY INVOLVED.

IT WASN'T UNTIL WE
DID THE WIRETAP

AND ACTUALLY COULD HEAR
CONVERSATIONS THAT,

YOU KNOW, I GO, "HOLY COW!

SHE IS SO IN --
IN LOVE WITH THIS GUY!"

OF COURSE WE WILL.
COME ON, IT'S KILLING ME, TOO.

JUST GOTTA HAVE SOME
OF THAT MONEY IN THE MEANTIME.

SHE WOULD DO ANYTHING.

AND HE'S PLAYIN' HER,
YOU KNOW, LIKE A VIOLIN.

I'LL GIVE YOU WHATEVER
YOU NEED, BABY.

SHE KNEW ABOUT
THE FRAUD ON THE BANK.

SO SHE KNEW HE WASN'T
STRAIGHT AND NARROW.

VINCENT ACARDO WAS
VERY FLAMBOYANT, VERY OUTGOING.

KENNY WAS A GENTLEMAN FARMER.

YOU KNOW, HE DRESSED LIKE
THE FARM GUYS DO OUT THERE.

HE DROVE A WHITE PICKUP TRUCK
LIKE THEY ALL DID.

KAY WAS A LITTLE
MORE SOPHISTICATED.

SHE WANTED TO LIVE IN,
UH, YOU KNOW, A NICE HOME.

SHE WANTED NICE THINGS.

KENNY WAS SOMEWHAT
DULL AND --

AND JUST, YOU KNOW,
EVERYTHING'S THE SAME EVERY DAY,

A ROUTINE THAT SHE WANTED
TO BREAK OUT OF.

BUT SHE WAS AFRAID
TO BREAK OUT OF IT, I THINK.

THAT'S MY TAKE.

THAT'S WHAT I KINDA
THINK ABOUT IT.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE
A SECOND HONEYMOON

EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST
ONE THIS TIME.

MMM.
I PROMISE.

I JUST GOTTA GET MORE MONEY
IN THE MEANTIME, OKAY?

I NEED IT.

WELL, I DON'T WANT MY HUSBAND
TO WORRY ABOUT FINANCES.

THAT REALLY SURPRISED US.

IT WAS LIKE, HOW COULD
SHE MARRY THIS GUY?

HE -- HE MURDERED HER HUSBAND!

HE NEVER DID SAY ANYTHING

DIRECTLY ABOUT THE MURDER
ON THOSE CALLS.

BUT WE WERE ABLE
TO TRACE THE BURNER PHONE.

AND IT WAS ONLY USED
TO CALL ONE NUMBER,

WHICH WAS IN MCALLEN, TEXAS.

WE ASKED A DETECTIVE

FROM THE FBI VIOLENT TASK FORCE
IN MCALLEN.

WE GAVE HIM THAT ADDRESS.

HE DID SURVEILLANCE ON THAT.

AND IT WAS ON A GOLF COURSE
IN A GATED COMMUNITY.

AND HE SAW VINCENT ACARDO
AND LISA BAKER

IN AND AROUND THAT ADDRESS
AND THAT HOUSE.

WE'RE OUTSIDE.
WE GOT HIM.

WE KNEW WHERE THEY WERE.
WE KNEW WHERE THEY LIVED.

THE MONEY THAT LISA BAKER
AND VINCENT ACARDO

AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN
WERE LIVING ON

IN A GATED COMMUNITY,
BEAUTIFUL HOME,

ALL THAT MONEY TO SUPPORT THEM

WAS GIVEN TO HIM BY KAY CLOUD.

IT ANGERS YOU THAT
HERE'S THESE TWO PEOPLE

LIVIN' OFF THE PROCEEDS

FROM BEIN' INVOLVED

WITH THE MURDER OF THIS FARMER.

AND THEY'RE LIVIN' WELL.

WE KNEW WHERE ACARDO WAS.

BUT WE STILL DIDN'T HAVE
ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO ARREST HIM.

WE CAN GO INTERVIEW 'EM.

BUT, IF THEY DON'T TELL US
ANYTHING, WE CAN'T ARREST THEM.

BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE
ANY JURISDICTION.

TEXAS CAN'T ARREST HIM.

BECAUSE THERE'S NOT
AN ARREST WARRANT.

SO THE MOMENT
WE TURN OUR BACK,

ACARDO'S GONNA BE GONE.

WE NEED THEM IN THREE ROOMS
RIGHT HERE IN YUMA -- ACARDO,

KAY AND LISA BAKER.

THAT'S JUST NOT GONNA HAPPEN
WITH WHAT WE HAVE SO FAR.

I GOT AN IDEA.

WE DECIDED TO MEET WITH CLOUD'S
FAMILY, JOHNNY CLOUD,

AND BRING THEM IN AND --

AND DO AN INTERVIEW
WITH THE NEWSPAPER.

WE JUST WANT OUR BROTHER'S
MURDERER BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.

JOHNNY CLOUD DID HIS THING.

AND -- AND HE DID
A REALLY GOOD JOB.

AND THEN I SPOKE
TO THE REPORTER.

AND I SAID, "THERE'S TWO PEOPLE
WE WANTED TO TALK TO."

WE WANTED TO TALK TO
VINCENT ACARDO AND LISA BAKER.

IT WAS SUNDAY MORNING
WHEN THE PAPER CAME OUT.

AND IT HAD A PHOTOGRAPH
OF LISA BAKER AND VINCENT ACARDO

THAT I'D GIVEN THE PRESS.

AND IT'S BASICALLY SAYIN'
THAT WE REOPENED THE CASE.

OUR HOPE WAS THAT
THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

WOULD RATTLE KATE CLOUD
AND ACARDO

AND GET THEM TO TALK ABOUT
THEIR CRIME OVER THE PHONE.

HELLO?

I JUST GOT THE PAPER.

AND THERE'S A BIG PICTURE
OF YOU ON THE FRONT PAGE.

IT SAYS THE COPS WANT --

WANNA QUESTION YOU
IN KENNY'S MURDER.

I'M IN MORE TROUBLE
THAN I THOUGHT.

OH, GOD.
I FEEL SICK.

WHAT AM I GONNA DO?

DON'T SAY NOTHING
TO NOBODY.

AND YOU GOTTA
SEND ME MY MONEY.

HE MIGHT AS WELL BE SAYING,

"I SHOT KENNETH CLOUD."

IT WAS THAT CONVERSATION
THAT GAVE US ENOUGH ON TAPE

TO SHOW THEY WERE TALKING
ABOUT THE MURDER.

AND WE COULD
FINALLY TAKE ACTION.

HOW SOON CAN I GET A WARRANT?

THIS WAS THE DAY I'D BEEN
WAITING FOR FOR 3 YEARS.

I FINALLY HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE

TO ARREST VINCENT ACARDO
AND KAY CLOUD

FOR THE MURDER OF HER HUSBAND.

WHAT'S THE ETA ON THE WARRANTS?

THEY'RE ON THE RUN.
WE NEED TO GO.

WE NEED IT NOW.

WE'RE GONNA FOLLOW.

OUR SURVEILLANCE OFFICERS --
THEY WERE VERY CONCERNED

THAT THEY WERE GONNA SHOOT
STRAIGHT THROUGH BROWNSVILLE

AND HIT THE BORDER
AND BLOW THE PORT,

BASICALLY,
TO CROSS INTO MEXICO.

OUR AGENTS IN TEXAS KEPT

A TAIL ON ACARDO
WHILE MY PARTNER

AND I HEADED OVER
TO KAY CLOUD'S HOUSE.

ALL WE NEEDED NOW
WAS THE WARRANT.

THEY'RE GONNA BE
IN MEXICO ANY MINUTE.

WE NEED THAT WARRANT
OR WE'RE GONNA LOSE 'EM.

I WAS ABLE TO GET
WITH THE PROSECUTOR

AND THE COUNTY ISSUED
ARREST WARRANTS

FOR VINCENT ACARDO,

LISA BAKER, KATE CLOUD,
AND BETTY HOWERTON.

OKAY, TAKE 'EM.

OUT OF THE VEHICLE
WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR!

GET OUTTA THE CAR!

OUTTA THE VEHICLE!

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

STEP BEHIND THE VEHICLE,
SIR.

WHAT? ARE YOU GUYS COPS OR WHAT?

GET BEHIND THE VEHICLE,
SIR.

ON YOUR KNEES.
ON YOUR KNEES.

OUTTA THE VEHICLE WITH
YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR!

LET'S GO. HANDS UP.
OUT OF THE VEHICLE.

HAVE ANYTHING I SHOULD
BE AWARE OF?

NO.

AND I WAS EXCITED.

THIS WAS THE MOMENT.

LOIS KAY CLOUD?

YES.

I LOOKED AT HER.
AND I SAID, "YOU REMEMBER ME?"

YOU'RE UNDER ARREST
FOR THE MURDER OF KEN CLOUD.

WHAT?
UH, THAT'S RIDICULOUS.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT
TO REMAIN SILENT.

I -- I SAW THEM SAY THAT
ON TV ALL THE TIME.

AND I ALWAYS WANTED
TO SAY THAT TO SOMEONE,

"YOU'RE UNDER ARREST
FOR THE MURDER..."

IT -- IT'S JUST ONE
OF THOSE THINGS THAT YA --

I HAD TO DO
AT SOME POINT IN MY LIFE.

AND I DID.

ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN

AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU
IN A COURT OF LAW.

YOU'RE MAKING
A BIG MISTAKE.

ALL THE WORK THAT BRYAN DID,
ALL THE WORK THAT --

THAT WE DID
AND THE WIRETAP, AND --

AND JUST THOUSANDS
AND THOUSANDS OF HOURS

ON EVERYBODY'S PART --

THIS WAS THE MOMENT
WE HAD ALL WORKED FOR.

VINCENT ACARDO, LISA BAKER

AND KAY CLOUD ARE IN CUSTODY

FOR THE MURDER
OF KENNETH CLOUD.

IT FELT LIKE A SUCCESS.

BUT WE KNEW WE COULDN'T
GET A MURDER CONVICTION

UNLESS ONE OF THEM CONFESSED
TO ACARDO PULLING THE TRIGGER.

DURING HIS INTERVIEW,
VINCENT ACARDO CLAIMED

THAT IT WAS ALL FOR THE MONEY.

HE ADMITTED
TO SWINDLING KAY CLOUD,

TAKIN' HER FOR HER MONEY,

TAKIN' ALL HER MONEY,

EVERYTHING THAT
SHE WOULD GIVE HIM.

HE ADMITTED TO ALL THOSE THINGS

BUT NOT TO THE MURDER.

KAY CLOUD INVOKED HER
RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.

THAT LEADS ME TO THE BELIEF
WE'RE ON THE RIGHT ROAD.

THE LAST CHANCE
I HAD TO GET ANYONE

TO TALK WAS LISA BAKER.

WE KNOW YOU WERE WITH ACARDO
IN YUMA FOR A WEEK

LEADING UP TO THE MURDER
-ON DECEMBER 9
-TH.

I WAS AT HOME IN MCALLEN.
SO WAS HE.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME
I'VE EVER BEEN TO ARIZONA.

WHY ARE YOU PROTECTING HIM?

BECAUSE HE'S MY HUSBAND.

AND HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.

I'M REALLY EXCITED,
SWEETIE.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE
A SECOND HONEYMOON

EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST
ONE THIS TIME.

I PROMISE.
JUST LEMME GET MORE MONEY

IN THE MEANTIME, OKAY?
I NEED IT.

WELL, I DON'T WANT MY HUSBAND
TO WORRY ABOUT FINANCES.

I LOVE THE WAY
THAT SOUNDS, HUSBAND.

CAN YOU STOP THE TAPE,
PLEASE?

IT WAS OBVIOUS BY HOW UPSET
SHE GOT THAT LISA HAD NO IDEA

THAT HER HUSBAND WAS ACTUALLY
MARRIED TO ANOTHER WOMAN.

WHAT DO YOU WANNA KNOW?

LISA BAKER WAS GOING TO GIVE
EVERYTHING UP THAT SHE KNEW.

WHEN THEY WERE IN YUMA,

BETTY HOWERTON AND LISA

ARE IN THE HOTEL ROOM
FOR ABOUT A WEEK.

LISA CONTACTED ACARDO
AND SAID,

"WE'RE TIRED OF THIS.

WE'RE LEAVIN'."

WHERE'VE YOU BEEN?
IT'S TIME TO GO.

I'M SICK OF BEING HERE.
I KNOW.

I GOT SOMETHING I GOTTA DO
BEFORE WE LEAVE THIS PLACE.

YOU'RE PUSHIN' IT.

HE SAYS HE'S GOTTA
GO OVER TO BURGERS & BEER

TO CONDUCT
SOME BUSINESS,

A LAND DEAL WITH THIS PERSON.

-THAT DAY IS DECEMBER 9
-TH, '97.

WHAT ARE WE
DOIN' HERE, BABE?

I'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THIS COUPLE COMES
OUTTA THE RESTAURANT.

HE SAYS, "THAT'S THEM,"
AND HE GETS OUTTA THE CAR.

OH!

OH, MY GOD!

SOMEBODY HELP ME!

WHAT SHOCKED HER
WAS LOOKING IN

AND SEEIN' HER HUSBAND
OF 15 YEARS

LAYING ON THE DRIVER'S SEAT

WITH HIS LIFE
RUNNING OUT OF HIS THROAT.

THAT'S WHAT GOT HER SCREAMIN'

AND YELLIN', I'M SURE.

SOMEBODY HELP ME,
PLEASE!

SHE WASN'T PLANNIN'
ON IT BEIN' THAT VIOLENT.

HEY, COME ON.
LET'S GO. LET'S GO.

WHAT WAS THAT?
HONEY, WHAT DID YOU DO?

THAT GUY TRIED
TO KILL ME, ALL RIGHT?

AND HE TELLS 'EM
IT WAS A MOB HIT.

I HAD TO HIT HIM
OR THEY WERE GONNA HIT ME.

C'MON, BABY.
JUST DRIVE.

THEY TAKE OFF,
THEN THEY GET ON THE INTERSTATE

AND THEY HEAD TO TUCSON.

AND, IN TUCSON, HE THREW
THE GUN IN A DUMPSTER.

AND THEN THEY CONTINUED
ON TO TEXAS.

LISA BAKER
AND BETTY HOWERTON TESTIFIED

AGAINST ACARDO AND KAY CLOUD
DURING THEIR TRIAL.

LISA BAKER TOOK THE PLEA
TO HINDERING PROSECUTION.

AND SHE WAS SENTENCED
TO 2 1/2 YEARS IN PRISON.

BETTY HOWERTON DID
VERY WELL TESTIFYING.

SO SHE WAS NOT CHARGED.

VINCENT ACARDO WENT TO TRIAL
IN THE SPRING OF 2008.

HE WAS CONVICTED OF
FIRST-DEGREE MURDER,

CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER
AND, UH, HE BASICALLY

RECEIVED THE DEATH
PENALTY IN ARIZONA.

HE DIED IN PRISON
A FEW YEARS LATER

ON DEATH ROW OF NAT --

HE DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES.

KAY CLOUD WAS ALSO CONVICTED
OF MURDER AND CONSPIRACY.

AND, UM, SHE DID
RECEIVE LIFE, UH,

WITHOUT PAROLE AND WAS
SPARED THE DEATH PENALTY.

THE PHONE CALLS PROVED
THAT KAY CLOUD

AND VINCENT ACARDO
WERE CONSPIRATORS

IN THE MURDER
OF KENNETH CLOUD.

WHEN I HEARD THOSE CONVERSATIONS

DURING A WIRETAP
FROM KAY CLOUD,

I FELT SORRY FOR HER.

I THINK, BEFORE THAT, I --

I -- I TRULY BELIEVED THAT, UH,

SHE WAS A MURDERESS,
COLD-BLOODED.

THEY WALKED ARM-IN-ARM
TO THE BACK OF THE TRUCK.

AND SHE KISSED HIM.

HOW COULD YOU DO
THAT KNOWING THAT,

IN 30 SECONDS,
HE WAS GONNA BE DEAD?

I CALL THAT THE JUDAS KISS.

BUT THAT NEVER WOULD'VE HAPPENED

IF IT WASN'T FOR HER
MEETING VINCENT ACARDO.

I THINK, AS EVERYBODY KNEW,
SHE WAS GONNA SIT DOWN AND GO,

"OH, MY GOD.
WHAT DID I DO?

WHAT DID I GET INTO?

I LOST EVERYTHING.
I HAD EVERYTHING.

I LOST IT FOR THIS GUY
THAT WAS TAKIN' ME FOR A RIDE."

VINCENT ACARDO MURDERED
KENNETH CLOUD FOR THE MONEY.

KAY CLOUD MURDERED
HIM FOR LOVE.

BUT, UH, A LOT OF TIMES,
WITH THESE CASES,

AND, AS A -- AS A HOMICIDE GUY,

YOU KNOW, IT'S, UH,
THE CASE IS OVER.

THE TRIAL'S OVER.

EVERYBODY, UH, YOU KNOW, UH,

MAYBE HAS A BEER OR SODA

OR MEETS SOMEPLACE
AT A RESTAURANT,

HAVE A --
HAVE DINNER.

YOU COMIN', BILL?

YEAH, I'LL BE
RIGHT THERE.

AND THEN, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT,

PROBABLY BY THE TIME
YOU GET HOME,

YOU'RE CALLED OUT AGAIN
TO A DIFFERENT ONE.

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