8Gaul’s mates provided to assist police discover the homicide weapon.
McCarty and one other one among Gaul’s mates Noah Walton each knew if they might assist authorities discover the gun Gaul had in his possession it might simply determine Gaul because the homicide suspect. The shell casings on the homicide scene had been from a 9mm handgun, which matched the identical gun Gaul confirmed them he stole from his grandfather.
Authorities warned the 2 males of the hazards and considerations of attempting to assist discover the homicide weapon, however the two had been all in.
“These two younger males contacted us and requested if they might assist us get what they believed to be the homicide weapon again,” Knox County Sheriff’s Workplace Lt. Allen Merrit advised ’20/20.’ Clearly, there’s considerations for his or her security. We went over all that with them and so they had been nonetheless adamant, very adamant that they wished to do that. They understood the hazards and the considerations, however they wished to do it.”
As a way to make the mission profitable, detectives wired the 2 teenagers up with microphones, a transmitter the place police may pay attention in, and a video digicam hidden in a key fob, and deliberate out a sting operation to recuperate the potential homicide weapon.
McCarty and Walton invited Gaul over to play video video games to get some info out of him, however as a substitute of getting a confession, Gaul denied killing Emma and tried to get his mates to inform authorities they had been on LSD and alcohol and didn’t give correct info after they spoke to authorities.
“He principally wished to nullify all our earlier statements by saying we had been below the affect and we didn’t know what we had been speaking about,” stated Walton. “I used to be like, ‘Okay, certain, bro, my dangerous. I didn’t know I used to be going to get you in bother.’”
Gaul then determined to go by his grandfather’s home together with McCarty and Walton to get the gun and eliminate it on the Bluffs, a wooded space by the Tennessee River. Gaul went inside his grandfather’s home and got here out with a black bag with the gun inside, however was hesitant to indicate them McCarty and Walton the gun.
Ultimately, Gaul confirmed them the gun and thru a code phrase they had been in a position to notify the police who had been ready on standby the entire time.
Cops arrived on the scene and arrested Gaul, who was freaking out about getting caught.
“He’s simply freaking out. He’s swearing left and proper. He says, ‘I can’t go to jail. I can’t go to jail,’” recalled Walton.