I covered a story in Fort Bend County Monday involving the 16 year old who admitted to setting Needville High School on fire. I couldn’t make it to the Fort Bend County Courthouse in time where the young man arrived that morning and spilled his guts about his role in the blaze. So FOX 26’s suburban reporter Emily Akin picked up the slack for me. She arrived on the scene and realized the 16 year old’s attorney had interviewed with members of the media. That attorney, Rocket Rosen, informed everyone his client was in the courthouse confessing to setting the fire. By 11 am KTRK and KPRC reported the teenager had confessed to prosecutors. By noon everyone in Needville knew the 16 year old had confessed. But when Emily interviewed Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney Michael Elliott just after noon everything got confusing because I believe he intentionally didn’t tell her the full story. Here’s how the interview went because I saw it on tape and transcribed it –
Emily: What can you tell me about this case, has anyone turned himself in?
Michael E: That’s the first thing I want to do is dispell a lot of myths and a lot of rumors are going around, I want to make it clear to everybody is that this case is continuing to be investigated…but at this point in time no one is in custody, no one’s been arrested and no one’s turned themselves in to go to jail or anything like that. The case is continuing to be investigated…
Emily: What about the fact that the young man’s attorney was here talking with the judge and apparently the young man was meeting with the district attorney is that true?
Michael E: Well you know a lot of times people see attorneys around maybe jump to conclusions sometimes when they shouldn’t and others times they’re correct in their conclusions but you know the attorney you’re talking about is a common attorney we see down here and he’s often times he’s talking to d.a.’s and judges and things like that so I don’t know if you can necessarily read anything into that at all.
What in the he– was that. He blatantly mislead Emily or flat out lied. During the time of this interview the 16 year old teenager was in the courthouse, with Elliott’s associates and he knew it. It is ridiculous for a prosecutor, an officer of the court, someone who’s job it is to uphold the law, to be so blatantly misleading or dare I say it a liar. This just really ticked me off that Elliott would carry on an interview with a reporter and not come out and tell the truth. The young boy was there – he came to court to turn prepared to surrender but there was no warrant so they had to wait until Tuesday to officially arrest him. I tell you what – if he (Michael) misleads reporters like this – God help us when he gets in front of a jury. Someone could end up in prison because he didn’t reveal all the facts. Shame on you Michael Elliott for not being forthcoming!