A former commander of the Navy’s SEAL team two, Clyde Hayden, is new commander of the elite homicide division of the Phoenix Police Department. Clyde is happily married until his best friend, a Phoenix police officer, is murdered while responding to a domestic violence call. Clyde’s wife, Jeannie, has had enough, scared that Clyde will die on duty as well. She knows Clyde cannot leave his job and divorces him. Jessica, Clyde’s ex-fiancé when he was in the Navy, shows up shortly after Clyde’s marriage is on the rocks. Jessica ended the engagement after her father is murdered and she inherited a large sum of money. Jessica reaches out to Clyde for help against her abusive husband but doesn’t want to accept Clyde’s advice. Jessica kills her husband after finding him in bed with his mistress and then frames Clyde for the murder. During this upheaval a notorious serial killer, the Slasher, is wreaking havoc on the city murdering prostitutes and terrifying Phoenix’s female residents. The Slasher is Jessica’s stepbrother and his motivations for murder are revenge against Jessica for rejecting him as her lover and to discredit Clyde Hayden. The Slasher murders Clyde’s wife after he is beginning to reunite with her and his children. In the end, Hayden and Sharon, the brilliant and strong-willed female attorney who defends Jessica in the murder trial, overcome the Slasher. This psychological crime thriller is unique in its depiction law enforcement and the criminal trial proceedings against Jessica for the murder of her husband.
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