CSI: Crime Scene Investigation s08e17 Episode Script

For Gedda

You're the mortician.
You're the one putting bodies into coffins.
So what, you have a two-for-one sale? Who's the extra stiff? You don't want to say anything? That's fine.
I'll just shut down the mortuary.
Maybe I'll book you on suspicion of murder.
For all I know, you killed the guy before you stuffed him in the coffin.
You're under arrest.
Got to admit it's a pretty clever way to dispose of a body.
Who's going to look under somebody else's tombstone? Well, it's not exactly a new technique.
In the 1920s, Joe Bonanno used to dispose of his hits in a double-decker coffin.
So what is this, more research for your mob book? I hope you're not starting to admire those thugs.
I don't admire them.
But I'm grateful.
For what? Well, my, uh, book is done.
I have meetings with three different publishers in L.
, and I fly out the day after tomorrow.
I heard you were in here.
Need any help? Hmm? Not really.
I've already collected trace off the body, and I'm almost done with the coffin here.
Chaparral High football coach, huh? Hey, by the way, how much do I owe you? I don't know, Warrick.
Don't worry about it.
Man, come on.
I always pay my debts.
This should cover it.
What exactly about the Chaparral High state champs reminded you to pay me? Football always reminds me of money.
It's not football season.
It's baseball, but I don't bet baseball.
Pure paycheck, baby.
Hey, doc, you figure out what killed this guy yet? Yeah, found some petechiae consistent with suffocation.
Yeah, this should do it.
You okay? Yeah.
I know this guy.
Or I knew him.
He was a P.
You just saved yourself some work.
His prints will be in the system.
Lenny Harper.
We were in patrol together Class cop.
You sure we're talking about the same guy? This guy's got a list of complaints going up right until about the day he retired Vegas was a different town back then.
You ruffled feathers, you got the boot.
But soliciting prostitutes, extorting businessmen, insurance fraud.
Kind of looks like he deserved to get the boot.
Lenny always said those complaints were trumped up.
This file doesn't change the way we treat this case.
Lenny was a cop.
Cops are a priority.
I want every man you got on this.
Either this guy is a neat freak or he's got one hell of a cleaning lady.
Left his computer; that helps.
Hey, Nick? Is there a trash can under that desk? Yeah.
Is there a liner in it? Yeah.
Why? There's no liner in this one.
And the paper shredder's been emptied.
Looks like somebody cleaned up after they cleaned up.
This car is clean as a whistle.
The floor mat's still damp.
I think it's just been detailed.
What if the killer used the victim's car to transport the body? He drives the victim's own vehicle back to the funeral home, stuffs the body in a double-decker coffin, hits a car wash,comes back, cleans out the office and leaves us the keys? It's pretty considerate.
Or very smart.
How did you get this number? Is this some kind of a joke? What the hell do you want? Should I bring my own shovel? Hey.
Get anything off that computer? No.
Hard drive's been wiped clean.
What about the shredder? Nothing but a couple of strips from a folder and a few receipts.
But I got a court order on Mr.
Harper's email accounts.
He had quite a few.
One that handled mostly family stuff.
One that handled new customers.
And a work account.
The work account had an online back-up system.
That's what I'm in now.
So you've basically gotten verything that was on his computer? I even have stuff he erased.
There's a file in here that you might think is interesting.
's like to use a lot of audio and visual surveillance.
Insurance policy.
This one was even taping his own meetings.
Really? It's March 17, 2008.
Meeting with Client #333.
This was from inside his Escalade, yesterday She did it with a cop.
I spit on her.
She deserved what she got.
That's as close to a confession as you're gonna get.
I'm gonna bury that guy, Lenny.
I'm gonna bury him.
Warrick couldn't investigate Gedda himself, so he had the P.
do it for him.
Archie tracked down thousands of photos, sound byte files, videos.
Everything's connected to Lou Gedda.
I think Gedda caught Harper spying on him, killed him and had the mortician put the body in the double-decker casket.
This is Warrick Brown.
Leave your name and number.
Call me now! Anybody hears from him, I want to know.
You got it.
Where the hell have you been? Grissom I gotta talk to you.
Where are you? Pigalle.
What are you thinking? I don't know.
I don't know.
You don't you don't know what? I don't know what I did here.
I don't know what happened.
I just woke up and ??? Drop the gun.
I don't know what's going on here! Drop the gun! Warrick? Put ??? Now.
Warrick? I'm a CSI! Drop the gun! Warrick? Grissom, I I don't know what happened.
Local merchant heard gunshots, called 9-1-1.
I responded code 3, with backup.
There was no one else in the building.
Listen, uh could you give us just a minute? What happened? I don't know.
My head is throbbing.
Is that your gun? Yeah.
Are those your cuffs? I guess so.
We need to get you a lawyer.
Grissom Don't say another word.
Jim Just get on your feet.
listen to me.
I don't know what happened! It's for your own good.
Keep your mouth shut till we get to the station.
You couldn't just let it go, huh? Come on.
The 419 went out as officer involved.
No details.
Yeah, we got here as quick as we could.
What the hell happened? Gedda's dead.
Put your kits away.
Day Shift will be processing the scene.
's taking the case from here.
Turn around.
Hands up ??? GSR.
Get a lawyer.
I don't want one.
This isn't going away, Warrick.
In 48 hours, they're gonna charge you.
I wouldn't know what to tell a lawyer, anyway.
I'm gonna have to take your clothes.
Were you just talking to I.
? Yes.
And what'd you tell 'em? I'm not supposed to talk about it; I signed an admonishment.
I don't care.
What'd you say? I said that I saw Warrick sitting alone in Grissom's office in the dark.
So what? So, he got a phone call, and he got really pissed at the person he was talking to.
So what? Then he was found an hour later in a pool of Gedda's blood.
You don't know what happened in there.
Look, Nick, all I did was tell the truth as I saw it.
That's what we're supposed to do.
Right? I don't remember what happened.
Is that what you're going with? Really? That's what the truth is.
Uh, for the record then, are you claiming memory loss from a possible concussion, or hysterical amnesia following a traumatic incident? Like I told you, I just don't remember what happened.
You remember hiring Lenny Harper to investigate Lou Gedda in violation of direct orders? Yeah.
You think Gedda was responsible? I'd bet on it.
I've heard that about you.
Is that why you went to Pigalle? I went to Pigalle because Lou Gedda called me.
Your coworkers corroborate a call, so we pulled your cell records.
It came from a disposable phone, which means it could've come from anybody.
No, it came from Lou Gedda.
I suppose that's possible.
But we do seem to be jogging your memory.
Let's keep that ball rolling.
What happened next? I went down there.
Alone? Yes.
Unarmed? No.
Gedda! You called me! Next thing I remember I don't remember anything that happened after that.
Uh, you left out the best part.
But I guess that's the amnesia.
You want me to fill in the blank? Your gun with blood, tissue and hair at the scene.
Your handcuffs on the vic.
You covered in blood.
You went to Pigalle to get revenge by giving Lou Gedda a taste of his own medicine.
You're a CSI.
What's the evidence telling you? The evidence is the evidence is suggesting that I did it.
You think this is some kind of a joke, eh? You think this is a joke, right? You're making a mistake.
Sit down.
I don't know what happened.
You're digging a hole.
You understand what I'm saying?! I don't knowwhat happened! ??? Okay, the rods are in place according to the autopsy report.
Gil, we're processing Warrick's case evidence.
You shouldn't even be in here.
I'd like to see the files.
Well, they're not done yet.
We're still finalizing our conclusions.
Yeah, but if I could see the raw test data, I could draw my own conclusions.
I'll get you copies of the reports.
You'll have them in a couple of hours.
Well ??? Excuse me, Detective.
May I have a few minutes with CSI Brown? Why? I'm a friend.
Well, he sure needs one of those.
Be my guest.
Thank you.
How you holding up? Hmm.
That depends.
Do you think I did it? I can't discuss the case.
I don't know, I think I'd just feel a lot better if I had a change of clothes.
I hate being dressed like a convict.
I'll take care of it.
Stay strong.
We're not through yet.
Okay, um Let's let's back up a little bit.
You get involved with a pretty young thing.
You go away to do your business.
She winds up dead.
You ever think about that? I think about Joanna every day.
There's not a day that goes by I don't think about her.
No, I'm sorry.
I was talking about Holly Gribbs.
You remember Holly, don't you? Rookie CSI you left alone at a crime scene eight years ago to go place bets for a crooked judge.
Suspect came back and shot her.
I remember.
Poor innocent girl just trying to do her job.
She winds up dead because of you.
That has nothing to do with this.
Do two points make a straight line? It's a pattern of behavior.
Reckless, obsessive, compulsive, self-destructive behavior.
What are you doing here? I just stopped by to get Warrick a change of clothes.
All right, take something out of the drawers- nothing laid out or in the laundry.
You get Holly killed, then you get Joanna killed.
You just can't take any more, so you kill Gedda.
That's how a jury's going to see it.
There's nothing I can do about that.
Sure there is.
Look, Lou Gedda was a slimeball.
That's common knowledge.
Nobody's going to miss him.
In fact, the world is arguably a better place without him.
And so if I just admit to killing him, they'll take it easy on me, and you're just trying to help me out, right? You know how many times I used that on a suspect? Don't waste your game, pal.
YouYou're a betting man.
Given the circumstances, what do you think your odds are right now? I want a lawyer.
There were numerous high-velocity blood stains on the front of CSI Warrick Brown's shirt.
Seven of these stains were typed using 13 STR loci.
All samples match blood collected from Lou Gedda at autopsy The five expended cartridge cases recovered at Pigalle Boulevard were all fired in Warrick Brown's service pistol The bullets recovered at autopsy and from the barber's chair were fired from the same gun, as well Based on the clotting of the facial lacerations and development of the bruises on the victim's arms and wrists it appears he was bound and beaten at least an hour prior to death Okay, if this were any other suspect, what would be our conclusion? That he did it.
Which is what Warrick told Internal Affairs.
He confessed? No, but he didn't deny it.
He says he can't remember.
That We've all heard that one before.
What's that supposed to mean? It's not supposed to mean anything.
We're just talking.
We can't just sit her and watch him go down.
We're not going to.
He's asked for an attorney.
We'll get him a shark.
The only thing the jury's going to see is a rogue cop with a vendetta.
I've been there before.
They're going to crucify him.
Hey, guys, I'm sorry to interrupt, but you need to see this.
There was chloroform in Lou Gedda's blood and tissue.
Chloroform gets metabolized in the body pretty quickly, and it's excreted by breathing.
So Gedda must have been killed soon after he was dosed.
Warrick went in there with a gun.
Why would he use chloroform if he was going to shoot him? Maybe to subdue him into the barber's chair.
So he intended to torture him? No, not Warrick.
No way.
You know, chloroform exposure can result in short term amnesia.
Warrick says he can't remember anything after going into Gedda's office.
Where's the tox on Warrick? His blood wasn't drawn.
Why not? The arrest report didn't note any intoxication at the scene.
I guess nobody saw any reason to do it.
Well, now there's a reason.
Here, put this on.
Henry did a comprehensive drug test for chloroform, along with a head space run for volatiles and solvents.
Everything came back negative.
Half-life of chloroform in a human being is about 1.
5 hours.
It's virtually undetectable in seven to ten hours.
We drew the blood too late.
It's still possible Warrick was dosed.
We just can't prove it.
Nick, come here.
Take a look at his shirt.
See the voids in the blood spatter around the armpits.
Fabric must have been folded when the blood was deposited.
Looks like he had something under his arms.
Grab Hodges from behind- under the armpits.
Turn around.
Dead weight, Hodges.
Slump down.
Let him hold you up.
Okay, Nick Raise his right arm.
Pretend he's got a gun in his hand.
It's possible.
I mean, if Warrick were unconscious or semiconscious, he would have had to have been supported.
Well, based on the high-velocity spatter on the shirt, the shooter would have had to be within three feet of Gedda when he fired.
Take off the shirt.
Similar void in the spatter pattern.
It's consistent, but not conclusive.
There's probably a dozen different ways to explain those voids.
Doesn't rule Warrick out as the shooter.
But it gives an alternative explanation of the evidence.
And if we're right Warrick was framed.
I talked to a detective at organized crime.
He's sending over a list of all the people that wanted Gedda dead.
It's a long list.
Cross-reference it to any of Warrick's convictions who might have it out for him.
Maybe somebody's trying to kill two birds with one stone.
Okay, I'm on it.
Any unknown contributors from the blood at the scene? No.
They're all coming back to the vic.
Wendy and I are working as fast as we can.
We're striking out.
There's no new evidence from the scene that points to any additional suspects.
You got something? Handcuffs? Take a look at the ligature marks.
The width of the rails on Warrick's cuffs are three millimeters narrower than the ligature marks.
The ligature marks on Gedda didn't come from Warrick's cuffs.
So somebody switched the handcuffs after Gedda was dead? Brass always suspected that there was a mole in the department that worked for Gedda.
I bet we're looking for a cop.
A P.
investigating Gedda gets killed then Gedda gets killed Maybe this dirty cop did them both.
Yeah, but we can't prove it, 'cause we're not allowed to investigate Gedda's murder.
We're still investigating the P.
If the cases are linked, we solve one, we solve the other.
Do your client and this department a favor- make a deal.
The district attorney said he might consider manslaughter.
I can't do that.
Are you telling me you're innocent? Because I.
said those words never crossed your lips.
Are you charging me? Not yet.
But in about five hours, it's gonna be first-degree murder.
We got the link.
Tox confirmed traces of chloroform in the P.
's body.
Had to have been the same guy who killed Gedda.
Well, that helps.
We got evidence logs and police files from both scenes, but if a cop left trace at either murder scene, we'd just write it off to normal investigator contamination.
After he killed his victims, he could've even stayed and handled the scene, made sure that he hadn't missed anything.
Day Shift found prints from three officers at Gedda's office.
Well, all three were assigned to the scene.
Mandy I.
'd fingerprints from five officers at the mortuary.
Okay, but only four signed the log.
The unexplained print belongs to Officer Daniel Pritchard.
His fingerprint was found on the casket.
How does his fingerprint get on the casket if he wasn't at the mortuary? I'm sorry, Captain.
No one's seen Pritchard since day before yesterday.
Open it.
No cuffs.
Maybe we don't need them.
So it's all on Pritchard.
Is this gonna hold up in court? It will.
You know what the defense is gonna say, right? who better than a CSI to make a murder look like a frame? He was framed.
And I'll prove it.
Listen, Grissom, um I'm so sorry about all this.
You were framed.
Framed? By who? Gedda has a mole in the department.
I'm ready to talk.
He's on the way.
Gedda! You called me? A cop? Daniel Pritchard.
We think that he had him kill Lenny Harper, Probably Joanna Krumsky, as well.
Then why would he kill Gedda? Who knows? Old mobsters crooked cops.
It's a long history.
I don't know.
I mean Come on, Grissom.
Gedda's been killing and barbecuing people for 25 years.
It'd take more than a beat cop to get over on that fat bastard.
There's got to be somebody higher up than that.
But Pritchard's all we got for now.
He's in custody? Not yet.
Hey, everything can't go our way.
The D.
's gonna drop the charges.
But there's still the question of administrative violations.
So Ecklie and I are recommending to the undersheriff that you be suspended and demoted but not terminated.
I still have a job? Well the undersheriff says he has to think about it, but he just wants to make you sweat.
I've sweated enough, man.
I imagine.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Come on.
Brass is gonna process you out.
Thanks, Jim.
Don't ever forget how lucky you are.
Let's go.
But at least mine was with Lana Turner, not Aaron Spelling.
That's pretty lame, I know.
This just reminds me, what does it take to get them to serve turkey bacon in this place? Turkey bacon's not gonna make the food any better here.
Yeah, well, fortunately we don't come here for the food.
Well, as far as I'm concerned, there's no place I'd rather be.
Aw Anything else? See you next time? Yeah.
You still there? Hmm? This one right here.
I'll take this.
Well, thank you, Warrick.
Thank you.
I'm going home.
Yeah, me, too.
Get some sleep tonight.
Oh, yeah.
Thanks for breakfast.
You got it, man.
??? See you at the lab.
If you ever need anybody to talk to, you know how to get a hold of me, huh? Yeah.
Well it's just you and me, Serpico.
Let's get a beer.
Oh, no.
Come on.
You're a free man now.
This free man needs a free shower.
I think, uh you need to, uh take a hard look at that redhead.
You know, I might just do that.
You need to.
I'm really glad you're okay.
I'll call you later.
All right.
I wanted to join you for dinner.
I'm sorry we missed you.
Yeah, well.
I just wanted to congratulate you in person.
You sure made a believer out of me.
Look, uh I don't want to fire you.
I just need to know that you're through running the streets on your own looking for bad guys.
Look I'm done being a rogue in the streets, you know? But there's there's one son of a bitch still out there.
And I promise you, we're gonna get him.
Well Grissom taught you well.
I like to think so.
You never give up.
That's what makes you a great CSI.