Almost a Murder

Almost a Murder

by Jody Seay, Jim Lloyd


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ALMOST A MURDER” is a nonfiction novel of literary realism.

It is a starkly honest portrayal of a cub lawyer accepting a case no one else will touch in an attempt to cope with his recent grief and entrenched reflex of inferiority. He is up against powerful financial, social and political pressures in this epic legal battle.

Tension builds during the three trials that comprise this case: police procedures, crime scene investigations, legal jostling, and the defendant's relationship with the victim. “ALMOST A MURDER” is fraught with emotion and unflinching in its portrayal of abuse of power, human frailty and depicting the hypocrisy of "civilized" society turning away from the unincorporated because they do not warrant notice.

No doubt the authors can construct a compelling story, but it is the flesh and blood characters, the dead-on dialects, and the searing honesty that brings this story to life.

In this REAL-LIFE COURTROOM LEGAL DRAMA, “ALMOST A MURDER”, authors Jody Seay and Jim Lloyd recount how a wealthy “Son of Oklahoma” is slain by his delicate foreign wife. To police, the brutal facts are clear: she cracked his skull with a bat, shot him twice, she strangled him, dumped his body; lied repeatedly and then, when cornered, she confessed. Everyone believes it’s going to be a slam-dunk murder trial and a quick trip to lethal injection.

But cub lawyer, Lloyd, reluctantly comes to her defense in this completely lopsided contest. He puts his family and future in jeopardy to defend a killer with no friends, no money, and who barely speaks English. Together the defendant and Jim stand against powerful political and financial forces in an epic battle between retribution and truth in the Oklahoma legal system. Ultimately this TRUE CRIME THRILLER is one of the most studied legal clashes in US law today.

Written by an award-winning author and the lawyer who defended this case, “ALMOST A MURDER”, showcases their stunning ability to capture pivotal moments and to reveal vulnerability. This provides readers an unparalleled “you are there” view of the headline-making trial with personalities on display. And the regional tone is captured perfectly. It's a sensational battle... drama, humanity, moral dilemma and, yes, even painful self-examination as it happened in this great Oklahoma courtroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938282201
Publisher: Koho Pono, LLC
Publication date: 07/23/2018
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 616,131
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jody Seay is an award-winning author whose first novel, THE SECOND COMING OF CURLY RED, won First Prize for Fiction at the Mendocino Coast Writer's Conference, and then went on to become a Finalist in the prestigious Oregon Book Awards. Her musical play (BUNKIN' WITH YOU IN THE AFTERLIFE) was professionally produced and performed in Portland, Oregon. Her numerous essays and short stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country.

Even though Jody swears she loves to write, she also maintains that writing makes her self-absorbed and grumpy for extended periods of time. Sometimes, she also breaks out in a rash, but, usually, that only happens when her computer crashes. Technology is hard for her, which brings her deep shame and makes her mean. She swears she'll get better at it, but, really, she never does. Luckily, she has other strengths, and, thank goodness for that! ALMOST A MURDER is Jody Seay's third book.

Co-author Jim Lloyd has been honored by the Oklahoma Bar Association, named in Who's Who in American Law, and is a member of the Missouri and Oklahoma Bar Associations, the Oklahoma Association for Justice and was invited by Melvin Belli to become a Lifetime Trustee of the prestigious Melvin Belli Society.
The Oklahoma Bar Association honored Jim Lloyd as the Outstanding Young Lawyer for the State of Oklahoma early in his career. In part, he was recognized for his volunteer service to the community.
He was asked to write an advice column, "Ask a Lawyer" in the Tulsa World newspaper which ran for years. Lloyd also ran booths at the Tulsa State Fair as part of a bar association community outreach program to let people know about their legal rights. Jim was also the chairman of the Tulsa County Speakers Bureau explaining to elementary school children through high school students what it is like to be a lawyer.
Mr. Lloyd also performed critical work as an Oklahoma Commissioner tasked with investigating the race riots of 1921. He uncovered and saved important evidence before they were destroyed.
Jim, his wife, Nancy, and their son, Buddy, run Lloyd & Lloyd, a "mom-and-pop" law firm in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – The Night I Almost Killed My Son

Chapter 2 – How I Almost Lost It All

Chapter 3 – How She Almost Got Away With It

Chapter 4 – The Case I Almost Didn’t Take

Chapter 5 – The Love That Almost Wasn’t

Chapter 6 – The Bulwark Of Liberty – How It’s Almost Perfect

Chapter 7 – Almost A Family

Chapter 8 – Almost Native America

Chapter 9 – Almost Persuaded

Chapter 10 – Almost Broke But, Still, Unbroken

Chapter 11 – A Special Souvenir: Almost Lost

Chapter 12 – Almost A Trial

Chapter 13 – My Opening Statement: Almost Perfect

Chapter 14 – Almost Picture-Perfect

Chapter 15 – Pride Goeth Before A Fall Almost Always

Chapter 16 – Almost The Best Detective

Chapter 17 – Honesty Is (Almost) The Best Policy

Chapter 18 – Almost A Witness

Chapter 19 – An Educated Guess (Is Still Only Almost Factual)

Chapter 20 – Almost His Brother’s Keeper

Chapter 21 – A Life & Death Almost Examined

Chapter 22 – The Almost Successful March Of The Whores

Chapter 23 – Almost Human

Chapter 24 – Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Almost Judged

Chapter 25 – Rounding Third, Almost Home

Chapter 26 – Home Again, No Almost About It

Chapter 27 – Another Page, Almost Turned

Epilogue – No Going Back, Not Ever

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Almost a Murder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (01/19) “Almost a Murder” by Jody Seay and Jim Lloyd is an engaging story about an inexperienced lawyer, Jim Lloyd, who is hired to defend Noi Kanchana Mitchell, charged with the brutal murder of her husband. Several obstacles occur for Jim – he has only tried one case before and lost, he is not rich and is scrambling for money to maintain his meager office, in addition to hiring investigators and expert witnesses. His client is Thai, has limited English skills, and is conned into making a statement of her guilt. Like Jim, most of us believe in the justice system and hope that all will be treated fair and presumed innocent until proven guilty. Written in the first person, the author describes in realistic detail, his fears, sacrifice of his family, as well as his personal and professional growth. I have to admit if Jim were my lawyer at the beginning of taking this case, I would have run as fast as I could. I’m not used to dealing with inept individuals especially ones in which my life depends upon. However, I will say he is very dedicated and determined. The characters were well developed and captivating and the author’s experience with the judicial system served him well. He takes readers inside the mind of jurors, judges and law enforcement in great detail. Readers will find they love or hate the prosecutor and will sometimes find themselves questioning the actions of the judge. “Almost a Murder” is one you can’t put down for fear you will miss the action. I was stunned at the lack of complete investigation of the evidence by the police. Did it surprise me? No. When you are desperate to convict a person regardless of who it is, one will do whatever is necessary to reach that goal. Such examples from the book include an interpreter who is not competent to accurately translate what is asked or answered of the targeted perpetrator, and police who did not follow investigative protocol. “Almost a Murder” by Jody Seay and Jim Lloyd is one read that will leave you questioning our legal system in all areas. Readers will experience several emotions and hopefully like me, get you fired up at injustice. I highly recommend “Almost a Murder” for all who have an interest in criminal justice cases and enjoy a great legal thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in the first person, this book is very interesting and readable about a young lawyer defending a woman in what most people would consider an impossible-to-win-case. He addresses facing his inner fears, recognizes family sacrifices and one follows his experiences and growth. Good read! Roxanna Chamberlin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ALMOST A MURDER “Riveting Non-Fiction Story” In a state that ranks fourth in the nation for domestic abuse, Almost a Murder, authored by Joey Seay and Jim Lloyd, sets a new precedent. The subtle story line of Noi, who married and migrated from a country where she had few rights to a country, she thought would be safe. What she found was an existence where she was encapsulated in her house. She was imprisoned and abused. As she attempts to defend herself, horrific events occur creating a situation where she is arrested and charged with murder. Her story falls on deaf ears. Until - - Jim Lloyd, a bulldog lawyer, believed her. By doing so, he took a stand. A stand that said, “I hear you!” And, so begins Jim’s story of the labor involved in getting to the truth. Almost a Murder takes you on that journey. And, in that process, Jim takes you through the experience of the emotions as well as the complexity of the actions of a defendant who is faced with “total fear.” The mammoth task of research for facts; the exertion of preparation; the toll on family and health are all shown. And the trial - - In a Tulsa courthouse, Almost a Murder walks you through that encounter and gives you a peek into the unfamiliar methods of a trial. The moment-by-moment journey tells the intertwining narrative of the personalities and presentation of a trial. Due process is painstakingly and meticulously covered and presented to the jury! A jury, who must remember that in the United States of America, a murder conviction must be proven. And, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Almost a Murder – A Riveting Story! Ruth Tontz McGuire
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Jim has become a hero in my eyes because of his courageous stand to help the underdog. A woman who was afraid of our judicial system and did not understand how it worked placed her life in his hands. She did not speak the language of this foreign land and would agree to anything someone asked her. Did she understand what she was saying during her confession? We know she was improperly misinformed of her Miranda Rights. From start to finish, Jim encounters pitfalls that would have defeated a lesser attorney. As a retired legislator, who served 14 years on the Judiciary Committee it reinforced my opinion that justice is sometimes elusive. When you read this, plan for a little time. You won’t want to put it down until you know the outcome of justice. AR Representative Buddy Blair, Ret.