​CHARACTERS


BAILIFF......................................Uniformed officer of the court. (40s/50s) 

DEPUTY.................................... Uniformed deputy sheriff. (20s/30s)

COURT CLERK..........................An officer of the court.

COURT RECORDER.................(30's/40s)

JURY..........................................Twelve members of the audience.

B.J. LUAN..................................The judge, born of immigrants. (50s/60s)

MAX PARKER............................Defendant, high-school plus trade school

                                                   for construction, good physical condition. (30s)

                                 

BRADLY SCOTT........................Prosecutor, confident and arrogant. (40s/50s)

ANA RUIZ..................................Counselor for defense, second generation                                                                 Hispanic, in her first murder trial. (early 30s)

DR. NORTON............................Medical examiner. (50s/60s)

ELIZABETH JONES..................Murder victim's neighbor, less than high-school

                                                   education. (60s/70s)

LUCIEN BERGERON................Former employer of the late Mary Lou Parker,                                                           Cajun. (50s)

MATT TAYLOR...........................Deputy sheriff.(30s)

ETHAN JOHNSON....................Detective with sheriff's department. (40s)

EUGENE WILSON.....................Employee of county waste authority. (20's)

SALLY HOLLAND.......................Lieutenant and lead crime scene investigator for                                                      sheriff's department. College degree plus special                                                      training. (40s/50s) 

JOSEPH BLAIR..........................Former employee of defendant and college                                                              student (early 20's)

MATEO CHUA............................Former employee of defendant, came to U.S. as                                                      an infant, high school plus trade school for                                                                construction. (mid 20's)

PAUL FONTENOT.......................A  large man, former athlete, bouncer and                                                                wrestler. A Cajun. (40s)


SETTING...................................Riverdale, Mississippi, near Jackson, in the main                                                     courtroom of the Flint County Circuit Court.

TIME..........................................The present, the first Tuesday morning in September.



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The Trial of Max Parker 

A dramatic play in three acts.


Unproduced and currently in final stages of editing.

Copyright Robert Goddard. All rights reserved.

 

​​​Max Parker has been charged with the murder of his former wife, Mary Lou Parker, the assault and attempted murder of Deputy Matt Taylor, and the premeditated murder of Deputy Ed Wiggins.


The circumstantial evidence against Max is overwhelming and all but one of the attorneys he has tried to hire would only take his case if he agreed to plea bargain for a life sentence, which he refused to do. 


Ana Ruiz, who has never defended in a murder trial, becomes his defense attorney in the belief that it will help her struggling legal practice.


However, she goes into the trial with only one favorable witness, other than Max, whom she's afraid to put on the stand. Her only hope is to cast doubt, create uncertainty, and suggest alternative theories.


Will it be enough to sway the jury and save Max's life? Is he going to die because he can't prove his whereabouts for one and a half hours of his life?  


The jury, made up of members of the audience, will decide!