On the face of it, this is a run-of-the-mill documentary about a senseless murder, but a closer look shows it to be quite remarkable because its makers speak to all the parties concerned: the mother of the victim, the investigating officers, prosecutor, defense attorney, and both perpetrators.
Tracey Humphrey was a bodybuilder, a fantasist, a jerk and a thug, just the sort of guy to whom nice girls are attracted, and they didn't come much nicer than Ashley Laney. Although he was quite a bit older than her and she was barely out of her teens, they were soon married. Tracey had a massive problem though, he was facing a rape charge; he was alleged, on very credible evidence, to have physically assaulted and raped Sandra Rozzo, who had rejected his advances. As he had violence on his record, the question has to be asked why was he not held without bond?
Humphrey married Ashley on Independence Day 2003, and the following day, Sandra was murdered, shot to death in her garage. Humphrey was an obvious suspect, except he appeared to have a rock solid alibi. Without any other leads though, the police kept digging, and it didn't take much to come up with compelling evidence, though not quite what they were looking for. Ashley rather than her worthless husband had carried out the execution. We see undercover footage of the two of them as they are entrapped by a third party, a woman who had allowed herself to be dragged into the plot by accident, although she had no idea of what was going down until after the event.
After her arrest, Ashley remained loyal to her worthless husband until the police showed her what he really was, including a bisexual who'd been having perverted sex with a male hairdresser. In return for testifying against him, the woman who actually pulled the trigger walked away with a 25 year sentence for second degree murder.
Eight years after this programme was screened, Ashley told Piers Morgan she rather than Tracey had hatched the murder plot, but this confession should be taken with a grain of salt, or maybe a boulder. Regardless, as Sandra's mother said, Tracey Humphrey destroyed two innocent lives that day. Hopefully he will remain behind bars until he dies.
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