Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #229. Today we are reading chapter 23 of the novel “The Unspoken Prayer Request” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
The coroner, Mr. Moody, was the first to take the witness stand when the trial resumed on Thursday. “Mr. Moody, could you please share with us your findings from the autopsy you performed on Mr. Jamaal McIntyre?” Quintin Rodney asked.
“Your Honor, the deceased did not die from a gunshot wound. No bullet hit his body. Due to his excessive drinking over such a long period of time, he was suffering from severe cirrhosis of the liver and severe stomach ulcers. I have never seen it that bad. A combination of these things are what actually brought about Mr. McIntyre’s death. The alcohol was eating through his body at such a rapid rate he really did not stand a chance of recovering even if he stopped his drinking now. There was also evidence of marijuana in his bloodstream. To add to that, the severe concussion he received from hitting his head on the kitchen counter when he slipped and then on the ceramic tile floor contributed to his death. He did not stand a chance.”
“So,” Quintin Rodney asked, “the deceased did not die from a gunshot wound as was presumed?”
“No, Sir. The evidence is clear. Mr. Jamaal McIntyre caused his own death.”
Whispers floated throughout the courtroom. Destinee was troubled.
Mr. Pickett had not made it there yet, so Aubrey was called to the stand. She bravely gave a moving testimony of the abuse. “Our marriage started out well and, like all wives, I wanted my marriage to work, but that was not to be. I loved my husband. He had some problems: pent up anger, bitterness, drinking, and I had no idea he was mixing drugs with the alcohol. He refused to go in for counseling as I asked him to several times, but his only response was that I was the one with the problems and not him. He would disappear for several days at a time without letting me know where he was. I found out after his death that he was spending time with Destinee Roberts.”
Destinee looked away.
“Mrs. McIntyre, please tell us what happened on the evening of Friday, June 20th,” Mr. Rodney asked.
“Well, I had cut a great deal with a customer and I picked up a pizza and something to drink hoping my husband and I could celebrate together. I arrived home to find him in his game room; he was drunk so I left him in there. I was on the phone sharing the good news with my mother when Jamaal came in, snatched the phone from my hand…” Aubrey tried not to shed tears as she relayed everything that took place that evening.
“Did you use the MACE on your husband?”
“Yes, I did while we were struggling.”
“And did he retreat, Mrs. McIntyre?”
“No. He kept coming at me.”
“At what point did you pull out your gun?”
“When I saw that the MACE did not stop him.”
“Tell us what happened then.”
“I kept telling him to stop choking me, to go away, and that I would shoot if he kept choking me.”
“What was his response?”
“He said I did not have the heart to pull the trigger. He kept coming at me. I remember closing my eyes, I heard a bang and then I heard him cry out. When I opened my eyes he was laying on the floor in blood. The gun was laying on the floor. I fell to the ground. I remember crawling over to him and shaking him, calling him…he didn’t move.”
The court room was quiet.
“There was a sharp knock on the door. I remember opening the door and then I fell into the police officer’s arms. That’s the last I remember of anything.”
“Mrs. McIntyre, do you remember acting in any way that would have provoked your husband to respond to you in such a negative way?” Mr. Rodney asked.
“So, Mrs. McIntyre, you did not shoot the gun that may have led to your husband’s death?”
“No, sir. I was too scared. I had no intention of actually using it. The gun fell out of my hands.”
“Your Honor, I have no further questions for Mrs. McIntyre,” Mr. Rodney said. “But before Mr. McGuinness comes to question her, I would like to present our last piece of evidence—the photos found on Mrs. McIntyre’s Blackberry. These pictures will speak for Mrs. McIntyre, Your Honor.”
After Judge Dennis and the jury viewed the pictures as they were displayed on a monitor, Attorney McGuinness proceeded to cross-examine Aubrey.
“Mrs. McIntyre, why did you purchase a gun in the first place? Wasn’t it to actually use on your husband?”
“The gun was for my protection. It was just to scare him off. I had no intention of shooting my husband. I love my husband and I stayed because I kept hoping things would get better…”
“Wasn’t the can of MACE enough? You just had to go further…”
“Objection, Your Honor,” Mr. Rodney said. “From my client’s testimony, she finished the can of MACE defending herself, but her husband kept coming at her. She had no choice.”
Mr. Rodney looked at his watch.
Mr. McGuinness asked his next question. “Your husband thought you were having an affair with someone you identified as one of your customers. Could your husband be right that you were indeed having an affair and you got caught, and to keep him from revealing your infidelity, you purchased a gun to shoot him? Everything was planned, wasn’t it, Mrs. McIntyre?”
Aubrey looked at Mr. Rodney, her eyes wide. He nodded at her. Where is Mr. Pickett?
“As my mother told you, he was a customer. That’s all,” Aubrey bravely stated.
“She’s right, Your Honor,” a voice said from the back of the courtroom.
“Who is this?” Judge Dennis asked.
Aubrey breathed a sigh of relief.
Rising from his seat, Mr. Rodney quickly said, “Your Honor, this is Mr. Pickett, my client’s customer. He told me he would be late coming in. If Mr. McGuinness has no further questions for my client, I would like to call Mr. Pickett to the stand.”
“Mr. Pickett, can you please tell us what kind of relationship you and my client, Mrs. Aubrey McIntyre had?” Mr. Rodney asked.
“We had a purely business relationship. I only met her once. I hired the company she worked for to redecorate a room in our house that I presented to my wife as a gift. My wife could testify to that, if you want her to. Yes, she did come to my house to take a look at the room while my wife was away; it was to be a surprise so obviously Mrs. McIntyre could not come while she was there. All interaction between Mrs. McIntyre and myself has been purely business. We have had no contact with each other since they completed the job.”
“I rest my case,” Mr. McGuinness reluctantly said when given the opportunity to cross-examine the witness.
Mr. Rodney gave a closing statement: “Marriage can and should be a beautiful thing in a couple’s life, but unfortunately because of our sinful nature, that is not always the case. Sometimes, anger and bitterness overshadow the love spouses feel for each other, and can lead the husband or the wife to react negatively towards the other, producing undesirable behavior even to the point of hurting the one they claim they love. Such was the case of Aubrey and Jamaal McIntyre. I believe they both truly loved each other and deep down wanted their marriage to work, but sadly, things did not turn out that way. Sometimes in relationships people have to protect themselves even from the ones they love. My client, Aubrey McIntyre, had to protect herself from further physical harm and she acted in self-defense. If she did not, we could very well be in here, today, with a role reversal; that is, with Mr. McIntyre being tried for murder instead of Mrs. McIntyre. Anyone can see from the evidence presented that, as the coroner said, Mr. McIntyre brought about his own death, and my client, Mrs. Aubrey McIntyre, is innocent of all charges brought against her.”
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.