Confessed Killer Nicholas-Michael Edwin Jean: Using A Cops Episode To Avoid The Death Penalty
Nicholas-Michael Edwin Jean has confessed to killing a woman in a carjacking (and to having a whole lot of first names); he's currently in the process of trying to get a life sentence instead of the death penalty.
Part of his plea to the jury: I was once on Cops as a kid.
The Houston Chronicle reports that a Brazoria County judge will decide today whether the jury should see a recording of the long-ago episode showing Jean as "a confused toddler watching Houston police trying to settle a violent domestic dispute between his grandparents."
We're guessing grandpa was wearing an undershirt.
Defense attorneys hope the episode will show the environment in which Jean was raised.
He's accused of killing 37-year-old Susana Puente De Jesus last year, after a string of break-ins and violence. When arrested, he led police to her decomposed body in the back of an 18-wheeler.
The trial has gone on for a month; it's expected to wrap up soon. Cops or no Cops.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.