The Case of the Fatal Femme

Samantha Somegustava's boyfriend tells the homicide detective she has a "hard heart." By now, the cop knows what he means

Enos pipes up, "I'm not sure why my name was brought up."

Ballentine says, "Not just by her, but everyone. It sounds to me like it was a heck of a night, heck of a morning."

Enos tells the detective that he'd run into Samantha at the Oasis Hotel "the day before whatever went down with her."

She owed his brother about $50, Enos says, and "I was trying to collect."

Enos says Samantha awoke him the next morning at his apartment at 91st Avenue. She told him she had a car, and that they could go get the money she owed his brother.

No one else was in the car, he says, as he and Samantha went to an unspecified location to pick up that money.

Enos says they parted company after this. But Samantha had returned to his apartment in the wee hours a few days later. This time, he says, she told him she'd stolen some guy's car and identification.

At that point, Enos says, he told her to stay away from him.

He tells Ballentine that's all he knows.

"Here's the deal," Ballentine responds. "That's a pretty good start, but it ain't all. . . . I'm not saying you shot the man, but I know you were there."

Enos swears he wasn't.

The detective says he has serious evidence from the murder scene.

"You understand what DNA is?" he asks Enos.

"Yeah," the young man says.

Ballentine says he's going to take the hooded sweatshirt that Enos is wearing, "and we're going to find that guy's DNA on it."

Enos asks, "Just from the sweatshirt?"

Ballentine says, "No, no, trust me," adding that eyewitnesses will testify he was holding a shotgun at the murder scene.

"Eyewitnesses say I had a shotgun?" Enos replies, smiling briefly. "That's crazy."

"I'm trying to help you is what I'm trying to do," the detective says. "I got all Samantha's involvement -- what I need is her involvement coming from your own mouth. Are you gonna take the chance of her taking you down?"

Enos shakes his head no.

"Or," Ballentine says, "are you gonna stand up for yourself?"

"Stand up for myself."

Ballentine's got him.

"She brought the guy out there to you, then what happened after that?"

Enos pauses for what seems like a minute.

Then, he relates to Ballentine that he'd gotten into the back seat of the Cavalier at his apartment on 91st Avenue early in the morning of March 3. He says a man he didn't know was behind the wheel, and Samantha was in the front passenger's seat.

Ballentine asks what happened after the three of them drove away from the apartment complex.

"I don't know what went down," Enos says.

"When did you take him to the field?"

"I don't remember any field."

Enos claims the driver dropped him off at his aunt's home on the reservation before anything bad happened.

"What did I tell you?" Ballentine says, sounding perturbed for the first time. "I'm not being an asshole with you, so don't be an asshole with me."

"You're gonna get me involved in a homicide."

"You're already involved in it," the detective says. "I'm not gonna bullshit you. For me, I [wouldn't] want nobody talking for me. [I'd] do my own talking."

That seems to resonate with the suspect.

He now says Samantha had a sawed-off shotgun down her pants when he saw her on the morning of March 3.

"I was yelling at her to take all his money, not the car," Enos says.

Enos tells Ballentine it went down like this:

At gunpoint, the man drove away from the apartment, with Samantha in the passenger seat and Enos in the back. Samantha demanded the man's cash -- mostly the $1 bills he'd earned at Graham Central Station just hours earlier.

She ordered the man to pull over on the side of a road. After he complied, she told him to get in the back seat. She took over behind the wheel, and Enos moved into the front passenger seat.

Samantha drove down a dirt road as the morning sky lightened. The man grabbed at her hair, and tried to choke her. Enos says he jumped into the back seat and fought with the man. Somehow, the fisticuffs continued on the road outside the car.

Samantha ran around the back of the car and, Enos says, "all of a sudden, I heard three shots."

He says he was close enough to the victim to be spattered with his blood when Samantha discharged the weapon. Later, he destroyed his blood-soaked Levi's, but not his sweatshirt.

"Why not?" Ballentine asks.

"It's the only one I own," Enos says.

The magnitude of what he has just revealed hits the suspect --in the bowels -- at 2:04 p.m.

"Number two is coming right now," he tells the detective, who has an officer escort the youth to a bathroom.

When Enos returns four minutes later, he immediately invokes his Miranda rights against self-incrimination.

Exactly one hour has passed from the start of the interview.

Like Samantha Somegustava, Richard Enos will be booked on a charge of first-degree murder.

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sandrajeanharvey
sandrajeanharvey

Sam & Richard are my family they are hurting well in prison. I still love them and feel for them. they had a very hard life growing up, no excuse for what they did. please pray for them they are human. as the years go by, I hope they know that god does for give.

sandrajeanharvey
sandrajeanharvey

Sam & Richard are my family they are hurting well in prison. I still love them and feel for them. they had a very hard life growing up, no excuse for what they did. please pray for them they are human. as the years go by, I hope they know that god does for give.

 
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