Frustrated by local law enforcement’s handling of their son’s mysterious death, a Texas family enlisted the help of a former stay-at-home mom turned private investigator to examine the case and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman they allege shot him.
Jonathan Crews, a 27-year-old urgent care center director from Coppell, Texas, was found dead from a gunshot wound while lying in his bed. His girlfriend at the scene said he committed suicide, but his family filed a lawsuit alleging that his girlfriend shot and killed him in a jealous rage.
“I knew it didn’t make sense,” said his mother, Pam Crews. “He didn’t do this. I know he didn’t do it.”
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On Feb. 2, 2014, Super Bowl Sunday, long after the game was over, Crews’ girlfriend, 26-year-old Brenda Lazaro, a kung fu instructor, called 911 and told the operator that Crews had shot himself in bed. According to the police report, Lazaro told detectives she had arrived at Crews’ apartment earlier that afternoon and she and Crews had fought about another woman. Lazaro claims they then ate, watched TV, and talked while she sat on the floor and Crews lay in bed.
“We were just having a discussion and we were just talking,” she explained earlier to the 911 operator. “He just said that he loved me and I didn’t need to leave him and … he said that he was going to prove that he loved me.”
That’s when Lazaro said Crews told her to cover her ears. Then she said she suddenly heard a gunshot and when she stood up, she realized Crews had apparently shot himself in the chest.
But Crews’ family said they soon felt like something was off about Lazaro’s story. She stayed with the family immediately after his death but didn’t show up to Crews’ viewing or his funeral. Then hours after the funeral, Crews’ sister, Danielle Crews, who had…