Five churches have been targeted for arson in a week and the latest one has a casualty – high school teacher and basket ball coach Charles Nash.
The post mortem assessment reveals the victim died from multiple skull fractures and had no smoke in his lungs, meaning he was dead before the fire started.
Security footage and eyewitness accounts of the getaway car lead detectives Green and Cassady to arrest two college students who admit to lighting the first four fires, but claim they had nothing to do with Nash’s death.
It looks like a copycat tried to cover up the homicide as a different accelerant was used in the fifth fire. Green and Cassady discover that Nash was fighting a parent group who objected to him teaching a scientific, and not religious, theory of creation and evolution. One of these parents, Jacob Reese, left multiple phone messages for Nash before he died. Reese says he called Nash after his daughter Mary was given an F on her assignment when she wrote about intelligent design instead of the scientific approach that Nash wanted. But Mary’s story conflicts with her father’s version of events, so Green and Cassady investigate him further. He was near the crime scene on the night of the murder, and turpentine is found at his apartment so the cops arrest him.
A.D.A Rubirosa thinks Reese killed Nash to prevent him from teaching theories of evolution that conflicted with his born again Christian views.
But another motive comes to light when a school guidance counsellor, Luke Thornton, says Mary came to him because Nash was hitting on her a few months ago. However, Thornton’s doorman says Mary was there often, and that Thornton paid for her exam at a woman’s medical centre. The detectives then discover that Mary and Thornton are on exactly the same antibiotics prescription.
Were Thornton and Mary having an affair, and did Reese kill the wrong man?
9.30PM THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15 ON TEN