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"thomas clayton" Discussed on Dateline NBC
"Tom Clayton. Stood accused of hiring a hitman to kill his wife and Kelly's family and friends once love. Tom I'm like son and brother. We're trying to process the idea that he might be a killer. The betrayal and the confusion. You don't know what to think it the fear just because nothing is making sense and you try to make sense of something. That's not logical this has been such a betrayal of someone someone that's been in our lives for a number of years. Were you trying to give him the benefit of the doubt at all. I want to say there was no looking back. I I believe he was involved. If Kelly sister had any doubt about Tom's guilt it was a race when she saw him in court for the first time I was there air at his bail hearing he bulletproof vest on shackles. No emotion. He doesn't look he doesn't cry and he gets out on two hundred and fifty thousand dollars cash. Bail that's pretty low and he's been out ever percents and he seemed determined to profess his innocence to anyone who'd listen he said I'd like to tell my story I said I really don't WanNa hear. I don't WanNA got any more evolved and he's like partially crying and he's saying you know I wouldn't do. That months. Went by as the state prepared the case ace against each man Michael Beard was the first to go to trial in court. He recanted his confession and changed his account of the murder but prosecutor Weeden wet. More said evidence put beard at the crime scene his DNA was found where she had fled after being stuck in the head with the murder weapon. It took jurors only seven hours to convict him. They Jerry Finds Michael Beard guilty of what the prosecution is calling a murder for hire steam. If beards case had been a slam dunk for investigators. Tom Clayton's would be anything but the prosecutor knew he couldn't use beer to testify against Tom. They even if he came forward and said I wanNA testify now. He had lied. So many times headlight at his own trial. Beard had changed his story so much at his own trial that he wouldn't have been a credible witness. Thomas lawyer pounced on that telling reporters that beard acted on his own. This is purely Mr beards. Doing what we do know is it. Mr Clayton had nothing to do with the death of his wife and Tom's lawyer didn't stop. Stop Michael Beard. He went after the investigators. He said they had tunnel vision when it came to his client. He said you'll hear you'll hear it in the body cam video it has been. The lawyer believed everything that followed in the investigation. Had I've been poisoned. He was simply just being wrongfully accused. And police. Just rush to judgement and that therefore led to an incomplete investigation and in fact. Investigators never found evidence that Tom paid beard for a hit. As far as Tom Clayton there was no conversation overheard there was no money money exchanging hands. You couldn't even use the confession from Michael Beard so there were a lot of things you didn't have right but if you look at Thomas Clayton's conduct. He never mentioned Michael Beard. Everybody says Michael Beard should be an immediate suspect. He never mentioned Michael Beer to the police to me. That's there's there's a reason for that as they prepare for trial investigators cap digging. They discovered a flurry of calls and texts in the weeks. Leading up to the a crime Clayton was contacting beard saying hey we have to meet. Hey he was getting him a bicycle so he was having these clandestine meetings. Investigators also pulled surveillance footage from outside Tom's business. They believed this was video. Proof of a conspiracy. That's beard appeared. They say in a red truck that Tom loaned him just hours before the murder. And that's Tom Following in his green. Serve pro truck. We also know that during that time period beer turned his phone off. Turn it on turn it off again. Why do you think he did that? The inference to be drawn from that is These guys are. I'm not that naive. They know that there's a possibility being tracked with their phones. Then after the murder the video shows what looks like beard returning to Tom's business to drop off the truck. There are its headlights entering the lot. And investigators believe that's beard getting on the bike. Tom gave him pedaling doing away. Under the cover of darkness but trial four-time Clayton is now set to begin. The courtroom was packed. As Tom's trial began. I have never been in such a tents anxious atmosphere the courtroom was typically tense throughout the entire trial but as far as anxiety was concerned. I have never been in a room that was filled with so much anxiety. The only one who didn't seem tense to the reporter was the defendant himself. He saw Tom Clayton smiling. And kidding around with family members his lawyer though was on the attack he told the jury how investigators had immediately immediately labeled Thomas Killer on the night of the murder. I think you'd actor and the defense said investigators refuse to change their minds. Even after it was clear your Michael Beard was the one who beat Kelly to death. The defense had basically alluded to the fact that there is a psychosis in Michael Beard. And they he out of just hates and revenge against Thomas and other bosses went to the house at night with the intent of stealing and taking money me and chill Kelly in the process. The prosecution said that was nonsense. Michael Beard had no reason to murder Kelly unless he was sent there by the defendant. Tom Clayton the state called. Linda Miller to testify. She recounted how Tom Borrowed her phone and then deleted the number. He dialed never dreaming. She do her own detective work. You really connected the dots get the police to this this moment. Yeah she did a good. Finally the prosecutor said he knew why. Tom Wanted his wife dead. He called Kelly's niece molly to the stand. He just told me a lot of stuff about their relationship. Molly told the jury about the summer. She worked for her uncle Tom. She said he talked a lot about his marriage that he wasn't in love with her anymore. Kelly was very lazy and he told me about him trying like sleep with other women and that he was sleeping with other women and he told me that he was getting closer to divorce. He just wanted to be done. The prosecutor told the jury. This was Tom's motive. He wanted to get rid of his wife but keep everything else I think he was concerned that his wife if they went through a divorce divorced that she probably would get everything and this was an opportunity just to start the millers listened and wondered how they could be so wrong about their old friend Tom Clayton or we didn't obviously know until the trial of the affairs of stuff. You really didn't know Tom at all it correct correct. That's the scary part. After seven weeks the case went to the jury Kelly sister and the prosecutor braced least themselves but not for long. It took jurors just six hours to make their decision as they filed back into the courtroom room. The reporter noticed a change in Tom Clayton. That was really the first time that I saw his face. That you you got. The sense of this guy finally knew that. Oh God I could go to prison for life. Depending on what they're about to say and then they sent it guilty of first degree murder outside the courthouse. There were tears lots of them. Thank you I think I believe justice was done here today. I do Tom. Clayton was sentenced to life without a parole Michael. Beard has already begun serving a life sentence..
"thomas clayton" Discussed on Murder Minute
"Phone records suggested another story. Lucky Miller one of the house of the Poker Game Clayton had played the night night of the murder recalled. The Clayton asked to use her cell phone during the game bizarrely when she checked her call history. No outgoing calls appeared at the time she recalled it happening. She and her stepdaughter logged into the phones account online and saw that indeed a call had gone out to Michael Michael Beards. Phone Clayton must have deleted it from her history. Clayton also stop by the Millers home and made a call from their landline the afternoon afternoon before the murder again calling beard both Clayton and beard were arrested for the murder of Kelly. Stage at at the trials. More darkness was revealed. According to court records from Clayton's trial he had been breaking his agreements with Kelly. Pretty heavily early he'd been sexually involved with at least three other women including a close friend of Kelly's who admitted to participating in a threesome with Clayton on the stand. She said Clayton often complained about Kelly calling her a bitch and saying he wouldn't consider divorce because she would quote. Take everything UH Clayton had also taken out a life insurance policy and Kelly's name and considered increasing at two one million dollars just a year before for her murder. He pleaded not guilty to one count of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder in his defense. Clinton's attorney argued. That first responders assumed this was a domestic violence case upon arrival then gathered evidence to support that rather than let evidence lead them to the right perpetrator. He said this wasn't a question of whether or not Clayton had affairs. But if whether or not he killed kills Kelly and that there was no physical evidence of an agreement with beard to have her killed. He pointed to beard as the killer and instigator saying the two men were never personally connected. Never friends and that beard new Clayton had money. If that was the case why would beard kill Kelly and take literally nothing from the home. Kelly's sister Kim said she believed Clayton a powerful white man. Dan used the far less privileged beard. A jobless black man to get what he wanted Clayton a powerful convincing man and beard. I would have done anything to help his own family at his trial which happened. I beard recanted his guilty. Plea claiming that Clayton paid hate him to burn down his home to get insurance money. He denied killing Kelly stating he had backed out of the plan when he saw that a robbery had taken place Clayton had told him the house will be empty but when beard found Kelly's dead body he fled the scene in shock to Kelly's family. He said I'm sorry for your loss. I know you mourn but I- Michael Beard did not kill Kelly Clayton. May God rest her soul DNA evidence linked beard with Kelly's murder and at the trials and he was convicted of all charges and sentenced to life in prison without parole at Clayton's trial. Two months after beard was convicted. The prosecution depicted beard as Pansy and Clayton as the mastermind remind Clinton's defense argued that while he wasn't the best husband he was completely uninvolved with the murder. The testimony of former more police officers Sira who runs a firm that combines data to trace cellphone locations helped the prosecution side showing that Clayton's claim that he hadn't been in much contact with beard was false using cell phone data. He created a very convincing map that placed beard and Clayton near each other on on multiple occasions leading up to Kelly's murder after a nearly seven week trial. A jury found Clayton guilty of first and second degree murder after he was sentenced to life in prison without parole Clinton's defense team filed to appeal the verdict more than once since his initial sentencing in two thousand sixteen. A third suspect was arrested. A man named Mark Blandford was taken into custody and charged I with second degree murder. First degree burglary and fourth degree conspiracy prosecutors said he plotted with beard to murder Kelly. Clayton's attorney said this of the third bands involvement this new defendant. Highlights the lack of connection between Thomas Clayton and the death of his his wife. The prosecution is based on demonstrably false statements especially by beard now learned that beard acted in concert with a second defendant. It's time for the prosecution of Thomas Clayton to end. That appeal was denied. As was Clayton's latest attempt in two thousand nineteen eighteen. New York's highest court made it impossible for him to ever get out of prison. He'll spend his remaining days there with no chances for parole. Kelly's loved ones field. This is the least that can be done. Given their life was cut so tragically short. Nearly everyone who talks about Kelly's memory mentions her big hearts outgoing spirits. She was a devoted mother who looked out for her kids until her final moments when she told her her daughter Charlie to run her spirit lives on in Charlie Colin who went to live with. Kelly's sister Kim. After the Murder Kelly was their world reeds. Her Obituary and Kelly's children were hurt world in a follow up interview with ABC ABC. Kim and Kelly's mother Elizabeth are shown walking through one of Kelly's favorite parks beside bench stands a plaque with her name. That reads forever loved and missed as bright as the sun..
"thomas clayton" Discussed on Pardon My Take
"Perfect yet to send. Hey, you guys don't have computers China. They don't even allow photos Photoshop, but I'm very it's just sucks because the bulls are stuck forever. And it's just going to be the same shit over and over and over again. I don't know how you get the seventh pick three years in a row. That's almost impossible to do. I know how you void it. Yeah. If you send Horace Grant up there, you make fucking sure he's wearing his goggles. Absolutely. Are the Knicks. And you send Patrick Ewing up. There. You make sure he's got his kneepads on and his sweat towel, absolutely shoulder. Okay. So I'm on the other side of it. I've kind of like calm down. I'm thinking Kobe white Darius garland, the one of those two guys to me. Don't look like me like that. He only played five games for van de. But he got hurt. What about is? Really good. Is there a European player that we're not even sure exists? I'm sure they'll find a find that him. He'll be soft as fuck now that Lori soft. He's actually strong. But here's what I'm gonna do to make myself feel better. I went back through history and the seventh pick ready for it. Okay. So we had Lauri market and who's very very good Steph curry ever heard of them Eric Gordon luol dang Kirk Hinrich championship Hamilton Adrian Peterson champ Bailey. Frank Thomas Clayton Kershaw, Kevin white lucky number seven lucky number seven. I'm on the other side. I'm feeling good. Okay. I like I like that spins on I was watching the the draft lottery. All I kept thinking about was Roger Goodell is gonna make sure that the NFL has some sort of lottery in place by the time Trevor Lawrence becomes eligible because he saw this was like this was an event this is bigger than the playoff game tonight because involves so many other franchises Cadel. Hope. He's gonna make damn sure that the NFL adopt some sort of lottery. Yes, though, it's much harder to tank in the NFL. I think than it is in the NBA and the Lakers getting the force pick is a story because I don't know who they're going to get LeBron's going to hate, you know, he's going to be like, hey, this is my little, bro. And I'm gonna put him on my wing and then hopefully with. Enough luck in like four years. He's going to force a trade. He's just gonna make hay plan for LeBron. He's he's gonna make the number four pictures DD form. Yes, exactly ledge any lottery thoughts. Now. I mean the bowl. It was did go by fast watching people's hearts get broke like one after it was. Yeah. It was basically just a chain reaction in the office. It they could stretch that out for another half hour. I know the sound stupid. This sounds very very stupid what and you stretch it out, and you give a little drama, it just it just went so fast. But that know what happened? That's that's if it was stretched out to would be on here complaining. Oh, I wanted to be like it's tough with those shows like the bracket selection show, like it's one of those things where you go to long people hate it you go to short people hate it. I think what if I walked in here right now. And I was like Hank you're gonna die soon. I would I'd rather. I'd rather. I'm going to be like Hank listened sit down. I wanna talk to you. You're gonna die soon. In real just oh that was good damn, by the way, both of those ways of telling Hank. He was going to die each one lasted about five seconds. First one was more. Those are separate those are separate example what I a seven pick. Well, he won't even understand what you're saying. Yeah. Yeah. I think you could stretch it out for at least an hour. I just needed a little more time. I was just let down too fast too abrupt I needed to hear Dan Gilbert's child get up and speak and every person that's up there should have to give an acceptance speech. This was that they got this was the time the bulls. Finally, we're like, hey, we're going to suck a little bit..
"thomas clayton" Discussed on 20/20
"There is no record of any agreement to pay Detroit spans over seven weeks. And now, the former hockey players fate is in the hands of the jury, and my mind could have gone either way after only six hours of deliberation up verdict, we broke into programming immediately. Breaking news out of Steuben county court Thomas Clinton guilty on both first degree and second degree murder charges temendous amount of motion in that courtroom. We obviously were ecstatic with the outcome because we felt we had a common Justice truly believe that this is one of those rare moments, and I emphasize rare where the jury got it wrong. Family members immediately broke out in tears and interiors and left the courtroom extremely happy. But still emotional I told my sister from the night, she was murdered that we would not stop fighting for her. We would not letting juice Berg, it's been a long haul. All night. Sir. No one this. This case was a puzzle. And they put together the pieces in a way that was convincing beyond a reasonable doubt at his sentencing. Thomas Clayton given life without role very angry. Very long profanity laced statement saying that Michael was the perpetrator and he was innocent. First and foremost, I am extremely proud and honored to call Thomas. The children want to say anything to their father Charlie actually wrote a letter. On her own that she loved her mom. She loved her dad, but that her dad was a coward because he made Michael beard kill, mommy. Michael beard victim of Thomas. Clayton believed that Thomas Clayton was a white privileged, man. Michael beard. Michael beard would do just about anything for money for his family. Along with Kelly's family so many lives in this small community. Now, forever changed. Do you still play poker here? No. We haven't played poker here since that evening. We don't play anymore not the same anymore. Correct. So this tables, basically closed. As tragic as this was to hear such a loved member community was murdered at the end of the day. There was two kids without their mother and their father taken away from them. Kelly spent a lot of time here and Kelly would also bring her children here Kim and her mom take me to this treasured bench placed at a local park in Kelly's memory when you come here. What do you I feel comfort when I come here. Cohen calls at my mommies. As you raise them. What do you want them to know most about their mother her unconditional on measurable love that she had for them? I want them to know that she fought to her last breath to save their life. So powerful that mother's sacrifice. Thomas. Clayton has just filed an appeal and Michael beer tells us he is going to do so as well. And that is our program for tonight here on twenty twenty or thanks to Deborah and thanks to home for watching David Muir, any robot for all of us here at twenty twenty ABC news good night. I'm ABC news chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl from campaigns and controversies as Putin bear responsibility for this may he may to store summits and stork tweet skew elaborate on I don't think it's at all fighting his ability to get his job done. Join me ABC's Rick Klein every week as we break down the biggest political stories of the day on the powerhouse politics podcast. Listen for free on apple podcasts or your favorite podcast app..
"thomas clayton" Discussed on 20/20
"Will you frightened at all terrified here? I thought it was getting away out of town. More than a year after Kelly Clayton's murder. Her accused killer. Michael beard is finally on trial. Opening statements began in the murder trial of Michael beard in a shocking about face. He takes the stand and makes a stunning declaration likely beard recant his confession and offers up a bizarre scenario about what he says really have. Yes. He was at the scene, but he was there to burn down the house for insurance money and that the killer. The real killer was actually their song beard now makes an outlandish claim that Kelly's already dead when he walks into the house and just like seven year old, Charlie. He sees a man who looks like Thomas Clayton. He's an hand you the weapon the you run out the door and you dispose of the weapon. Like, you've got to be kidding me. Even though Michael beard had changed his story. The prosecution's still had hard evidence against him. They found Kelly's blood on his clothes. He led them to the murder weapon. And his DNA was found inside the Clinton hold after a ten day trial Michael beard found guilty of murder. We'd beards confession. Prosecutors are thinking we've got an airtight case here, then he s- and now they've got a mess. Remember beard would have been the star witness. The only one to wreck Lincoln Clayton to the murders special prosecutor, Wheaton, wet more. This case really became all circumstantial, we don't have a smoking gun. We have to build our case piece by piece accused of killing his wife in the back of September appeared in court today, the courtroom was packed every day to see the biggest story in our area. Newell. Common collected every day when he walked into court even never realized that he was on trial for his wife's that could be because Clayton knows the case against him isn't a slam dunk. Prosecutors believe they've got an ace up their sleeve this man Sira of sex corporation of former police officer who met their cellphone movements. We're able to show the beard click together at certain points. They shouldn't have been a less. One looks at the homicide, and it becomes clear. Most telling a pair of phone calls made on the day. Kelly was killed the first from used car lot. There's an incoming call to Michael beer from Eminem auto Minamata has never called Michael beard before it isn't the dealership calling. It's actually Clayton. You can actually put his device in the parking lot of imminent motto. When this call is made and then hours later Clayton makes his second call to beard from someone else's phone. Yep. Lucky Miller's at that poker game. And this is basically the the goal calling and that immediately sets things into motion beard and shortly after that phone call out to clinch. Able to use them records show the two parties coming together separating conversations between the two of them and lay out the conspiracy commit the murder leading up to it. There was no evidence as to the content of those calls and sirens. Testimony was skewed in trying to make much more of those calls. It's a pattern shows the Michael beard. Thomas Clayton did this together. Missing is motive why would Thomas Clayton won his wife? Dan, what did you begin to learn about your brother in law that you get them? Now witness testimony continued today and Thomas Clayton's murder trial. It was a long and in-depth trial. There's more than seventy five winces hundreds of pieces of evidence against Thomas Clayton. Big question remains why even if there's all this Lincoln Clayton beard, potentially to the crime the motive? This was a shock for everyone. Testimony from one of the woman who claims to haven't had an affair with Thomas Clayton, the women the multiple affairs that he was having right under Kelly's knows Minos. I never heard of an affair ever up until that moment we thought that Kellyanne this loving almost perfect relationship. And here we find out he was cheating on his wife, even telling one of the women that Kelly was a bitch mentioned to me divorce was never going to be possibility because she would take into the cleaners says words, it's a distraction. The question isn't whether it was right that time Platon had affairs question is that he did he do this crying? Prosecutors presented no evidence of any cash payments made by Clayton beard in a murder-for-hire scheme. There's no direct proof that com- Clayton engaged in a. Plot with beard to kill Kelly. There is no record of any payment..
"thomas clayton" Discussed on 20/20
"He didn't even give me money up front. I mean, he was going to do this on the promise from top Clayton, and he'd be paid ten thousand dollars in a transcript of his confession viewed with deals. Details of the plan saying he wanted to go to the house kill Kelly. Then light the house on fire. He said the kids would be at her sister's house there was also gas in the garage. He wanted the cars to burn also. So that he could collect insurance money when asked why veered said I needed the money. He was supposed to set the house on fire. Why didn't he do that? I think the the self was more brutal than hidden -ticipant did. And he said in his words, he got scared stunningly, it appears to police that Clayton had a secret plan. He didn't reveal to beard. He was going. Set the house on fire with Kelly and the children the house. This was a cold blooded attempt to remove your own wife and children from the earth. Degrees to show police where he got rid of the murder weapon is driving to twenty five south as he's driving rolls down the window and throws it out the driver's window. Daybreak search teams combed through this wooded area, eventually finding this what appears to be a yellow stick. It's actually the handle of a sledge hammer was a piece in the house that matched them all handle. It was found the side of the road here. So you knew that was your murder weapon. Correct. That was found. It seems Michael beard left. A lot of breadcrumbs around town. Police are also able to locate keys to the Clayton home tossed into this creek, and they recover Michael beards closed from the night of the murder dumped in this land. Letty close. Her. It was her blowing beard was arrested for murder and now the focus shifted from Thomas Clayton doing the crime himself. Now, it became a murder for hire. Veered confesses to the murder tells them where the murder weapon is tells them where the bloody closer buried but adds the critical detail the reason he did it was because Tom Clayton offered him ten thousand dollars to kill his life. It was shocking to hear that there's another person involved in the murder of Kelly Clayton. We weren't expecting it at all. So your sister has been brutally murdered in. Now. You're brother-in-law is being charged. How did you even begin to fathom this? You can't. So this person who you stood up for to marry your sister is now you find out a monster a sociopath. The fact that he planned and calculated this entire plot to have my sister killed made it a hundred times worse. There's a new color taking center stage in Kelly Clayton's hometown, purple ribbons. Now dotting the community pointed reminder of the young woman's murder over been represents domestic violence awareness. So the more and more we saw that around town, the more and more. We thought that this was a case of domestic violence. They will see purple ribbons and the sow purple purple for mama everywhere For for my mom, my mom. but no ribbon more prominent than this one on the arena. Marquee Thomas, Clayton's former hockey team only one man in town seems upset at the outpouring of support. Thomas Clayton now out on bail calls me. He did not mention losing his wife and the situation with his children. What he mentioned to me was that jail sucks. And how can we put that ribbon up on our building? At no point. Then he seemed like a grieving husband -specially since he continues his now all too familiar trips to area casinos. That's where he's the entire time us out. I'm bales going from Sinoe to casino. And who does he run into his former poker friends? Greg unlucky Miller leaves like screaming at lucky. Attend around us like arms out. What did you do unlike high? He's like lucky. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. He goes, I didn't do it..
"thomas clayton" Discussed on 20/20
"I served notice in the statements. She gave I believe it was true in her mind when she told it it was chilling. There was no motions. I don't know if she was still in shock, just breaking my heart the entire time. This seven year old then turns the table on police asking them a question. LV we'd find out for you. That was not the time or place for her to learn that she needed to be with family, it appears to police the Charlie's pointing the finger and our own dad. How could he be in two places at the same time? Town. Corning New York is in disbelief when just twenty four hours after Kelly Clayton is found murdered her husband's arrested in part because of the statement given by the only I witness to the crime, his young daughter and more tonight on the murder in K in suspect. Thomas clean is in Steuben county jail accused of killing his wife Kelly. Plen- Thomas arrested. I wasn't shock. Definitely like everybody. Did she ever confide in you about any struggles in the marriage where the having any problems, she did not has she ever indicated any aggression toward never she never indicated that people always think, you know, we make an arrest. That's the end of the case. But the investigation continued, and it was determined Foley after Tom was arrested that there was a lot more to the story family can't believe her husband could have done it. They point police to Michael beard, Clayton's longtime employees that time didn't having work through serve. Pro. He always had him up at the house doing stuff cotton. Download or whatever viewed had recently been fired. Could he be holding a grudge? There was initial check. That has residents just as a follow up. He didn't know anything about anything and indicated that he had no nothing to do with any part of this. Investigators are stone until they get a lucky break. Remember lucky Miller who with her husband, Greg hosted that infamous poker game the night. Kelly was killed. Well, she now recalls a strange request Tom made that night. Pass you by phone luck. The phone in like looking to see the past foreign he called like nothing. No evidence of a phone call. I think she shown me, and she's shaking like this. I go then he deleted him. She goes, you can do phone numbers who hides evidence only do it. If you really have something the millers full of their phone Bill online and sure enough at ten fifty three pm a pair of phone calls to an unfamiliar number. All behold that phone number comes back to Michael beard. Police wanna talk to beard again this time bringing him here to the state police barracks and into this hot seat polygraph chair Paul you're after that's the same Jerry sedan. How did he handle? The polygraph denies all. And Then. then he was deceitful well Michael beard. The hardworking handyman is failing the polygraph test miserably his limit girlfriend. Holly Barrett is speaking her truth. Holly tells investigators the Tom had offered Michael ten thousand dollars who basically burn his house down boss came into the into interrogation with that information said Michael we know about the ten thousand dollars compared looks down. And then he looks up any finally keeps up the whole story as to what it had placing himself at the crime sane. He did it at the direction every quest of Thomas Clayton. It's a surprising twist for investigators veered making a full confession to murdering Kelly Clayton as another job for his boss..
"thomas clayton" Discussed on 20/20
"This is where we played poker on Monday evenings every Monday at seven o'clock, the regular players Thomas Clayton also known as hockey puck, quite a Thomson. Here's the last night Betty played. And I would be the Bank over here. Was he good at poker? He was very good at poker. He was very lucky in the beginning by house for many, many months, and then finally kinda even doubt after a while still a good and aggressive player, but not on that night. He was nothing as many hands. He wasn't spunky that nineties usually lay jokes around. There was none of that the game shuts down relatively early around midnight. Miller's go to bed at what point. Did you hear that? There have been a tragedy at the Clayton home the next morning in the six o'clock range. There's someone at the door investigator with the sheriff's office. We knew had a poker game last night. I says yes, he says a guy that you know, as hockey puck was here time Clayton, I go. He actually was then he says town went home last night and found his wife murdered. That's like what are you thinking? You hear the Kelly was killed that was non mouse. Like, I think he talked to us. I know what they said if they started asking all kinds of questions about the poker game. You know, what time it end in what time of stars? What is moved? What was he wearing? Corroborate their friend, Tom planes alibi that he was at their home around the time of the murder. But I so there's no way. There's no anytime could do anything like this. I said there's no possible way. You're looking at the wrong guy. Did you think the same things your husband, no way, absolutely? Within police hit pay dirt when they find an eyewitness, Tom and Kelly Clayton seven year old daughter, Charlie. She told me that the man was hurting them e then she kept saying he did this. And he did that. And so Finally, I said, how do you know? What's he and she said because his eyes look just like daddy's, and that was a chilling moment for me. A few hours later. Sheriff Jim Allard wings. Charlie here, you're looking at a different kind of interrogation rooms still small, but soft seating. And on the table toys. We've brought you here today. We're gonna have to talk a little bit about last night. Okay. In this video twenty twenty obtained from thorns after it was played in open court Charlie describes to investigators what she saw. Eight..