Tonight we start off a new series, Chicago Justice 2017, which is also the part three of a four show crossover event! The team at the Chicago Prosecutor’s office brings charges against the arsonist. If you missed tonight’s Chicago Justice season 1 premiere, check out my Chicago Justice season 1 premiere recap below for all the details! Tonight’s episode of Chicago Justice season 1 started off with Antonio bringing the suspect to processing. We then see Mr. Stone walking up to the courtroom. Once inside, they bring Dylan Oates out for his bail hearing and all of the victims families are there. When he waives his right to an attorney, the courtroom erupts and the judge denies bail. Later in the prosecutor’s office, Jefferies tells Stone that he needs this case needs to be rock solid.
Antonio is getting grief from Laura Nagal, his partner at the states attorney’s office, for him taking Voight and Olinsky’s word about the confession. Antonio and Nagal go to do some questioning of their own and their first stop is Dylan’s parents’ house. They tell them that Dylan was shy and never would have gone to the party where the fire happened.
Back at the office, Antonio tells Stone that he didn’t hear the confession himself and then they find out that Dylan has an attorney, a big wig named Albert Forest, who is filing a motion to suppress the confession, but Stone doesn’t fight it. The State’s Attorney’s office thinks they uncovered something, there was an article published that the factory threw these parties to attract underage kids and there is some speculation that Oates burned the building down because of this. They think that he may have been abused as a child.
Tamara Collins is put on the stand at the trial to tell the jury what she saw and Mr. Forest does everything that he can to discredit her but making her mention that she had been drinking and under the influence of drugs. When Voight is put on the stand and Mr. Forest makes it look like Voight would do anything to get a conviction, also makes him look untrustworthy because he put the confession in his statement but the State’s Attorney didn’t.
Later, Stone and Anna Valdez are working on the case and eating. They are talking about getting Mr. Anders, the guy who wrote the article about the factory, to go over his trial prep, but he refuses testify because he is a journalist and doesn’t have to. When Stone threatens to arrest him for contempt, but Anders threatens him with exposing an affair that he had with a woman who is now married with kids. She was separated at the time of their weekend together. Stone doesn’t care and he puts Anders on the stand anyways.
Stone finds it weird that Anders wasn’t cross examined by Forest and looks to a book Forest had written. The title to one of the chapters is “Trials: It’s all a con” and Stone thinks he is Forest’s mark. Dylan’s mother is put on the stand the next day and she implies to the court that Dylan was abused. Later, Stone goes to talk to Forest and Forest tells Stone that he is aiming for a mistrial at this point. When Stone gets the chance to cross Mrs. Oates, they don’t and the defense rests, but Stone wants to talk to Dylan.
After a brief disagreement and Stone is granted his motion. Meanwhile, Laura and Antonio go to the makeshift memorial outside the building and they find a note to an Arnie from a Chloe. It’s an apology to him from her and when they go to talk to her, they find out that Dylan was outside fighting with a girl at the party. It is Tamara and she tells them that he told her that he knew her and that he asked her out, but she didn’t remember that. He told her that she went to a party instead of going out with him. He got that information because he had a fake Facebook page and was friends with only her. She posted about going to the party on Facebook. She was the target.
We ended the episode off with Stone questioning Dylan and he is able to bring up the fake Facebook account because Dylan lead him into it. He was able to get Dylan to confess that Tamara and all the girls like her are irrelevant to him and he is visibly agitated with the line of questioning. Forest and Stone deliver their closing arguments and during Stone’s closing, Dylan starts pounding on the table in front of him. After Stone says something about the fire being because he has a lonely and boring life, Oates tries to jump over the table at Stone.
The jury comes back with a verdict and Dylan Oates is found guilty of all charges including 40 counts of first degree murder, one for every victim of the fire. Make sure you come back this Sunday for my Chicago Justice season 1 recap and find out why Atwater is in some hot water and on trial!
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