A MAN convicted of murdering his wife has spoken out from prison after another man confessed to stabbing the teen 26 times.
Leo Schofield, 56, is serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife Michelle, who was 18 when she was found dead in a central Florida canal in 1987.
While there is no physical evidence linking him to the horrific stabbing, Leo, then 21, was arrested and convicted, primarily because of a witness who said she heard screams coming from the couple’s trainer the night Michelle went missing.
The witness also stated that she saw Leo stick a large object in the truck of a car. She was one of many witnesses who accused Leo of being an abusive husband during his trial.
However, Leo has always denied any involvement in the murder.
“Innocent plays no part in it, there’s no plan in it, I didn’t know it was going to happen, I didn’t know it was going to happen and didn’t want it to happen. That’s me,” Leo told 20/20. .
Leo’s defense team and allies have pointed to fingerprints found in Michelle’s car that had never been identified, as reported by TAUT News.
After his second wife Crissie hired a new lawyer for Leo, the fingerprints were compared to convicted murderer Jeremy Scott, who was already serving a life sentence for murder.
In 2016, Leo’s attorney Andrew Crawford claimed that Jeremy confessed to Michelle’s murder during an unrecorded phone call.
However, Jeremy denied any involvement in the murder when questioned by state investigators, but reportedly said he would confess to any murder if he paid $1,000, according to TAUT News.
Recently, podcast producer and host Gilbert King claimed that Jeremy went public with a detailed confession in a two-hour interview and letters.
He told the Tampa Bay Times: “He was really sorry. He told me this tormented him. We got him to sit down and tell his story.”
Michelle went missing after she was last seen leaving her restaurant job. Her car was found on the side of a road before her body was found seven miles away in a canal.
During the sit-down, the inmate recalls the day the police found Michelle’s body and says to Amy, “I was so mad at God at the time.
“I ripped my shirt off. I hit a tree, hit the ground, I pulled grass out of the ground.”
Speaking of Jeremy Scott’s confession and dismissal from the court for a new trial, he said, “I’m very angry about it. He killed my wife. It’s hard to forgive.”
Leo’s trial and the investigation into Michelle’s death are revisited in an episode of TAUT’s 20/20 entitled Last Seen in Lakeland.
Scheduled to air on September 23, 2022, true crime sleuths will be able to catch Last Seen in Lakeland at 9 p.m. EST on the aforementioned network.