The attorney the bondsmen referred to us was a real beauty. She was physically beautiful, well-proportioned and articulate. She genuinely sounded like she wanted to help my son. I had my reservations. Beauty is not the first thing one looks for in an attorney but my son insisted on using her. Well, she and I started talking in June 2011. By August 2011, I had retained her. I was still carrying this burden by myself. I hadn’t told my friends, members of our church or even my immediate family. I thought that everything was under control. Once again, I was wrong. The attorney asked for $15000 and another $4000 if we went to trial. I told her that I could give her $5000 and pay her $200 bi-weekly. She had me deposit the money in one of her accounts, sometimes two accounts. As I was in Alabama and she was in Florida, I thought that it was a good idea. Her bank was in both states and I could easily transfer funds. Later she would ask me for money for depositions. Everything that she asked of me, I did. I thought that she was looking out for the best interest of my son. I worked a lot of overtime, sold Avon, managed 2 houses, ran a sitting service on the weekends and owned a small bulk vending business. I slept maybe 3-4 hours a night. I was also taking care of my mother, great-aunt and other 3 children. I was exhausted but this was my son’s life. I would have moved mountains for him. The attorney thought that it would never get to trial.. in fact, she started talking about getting Charles tried as a youth. Afterall, he was only 20. She never talked about a speedy trial. At that time, I did not know the significance of a speedy trial. I did not know the significance of anything. I thought that everything was under control. I was wrong.