Startling clues have surfaced in the murder of an oil tycoon’s niece after eerie surveillance revealed a dark figure lurking in her home.
Friday’s episode of Dateline investigates the murder of Jill Halliburton Su, who was found dead at her Florida home in 2014.
Su, 59, was the wife of a University of Florida professor and a member of the Halliburton oil dynasty.
Dayonte Resiles was sentenced to life in prison for her murder in May, according to WSVN, although he maintains his innocence.
Members of the Resiles defense team have also raised questions about the specifics of the case.
“They can connect me to a polygraph test at any time, ask me any question they want, and my answer would remain the same: I didn’t kill Ms. Su,” Resiles said during the trial.
“It’s not a crime he committed and I stand by it, I put my life on it. I know he didn’t,” said Latavis Johnson, his aunt.
H. Dohn Williams, Resiles’ former attorney, told the New York Post that the case had “many question marks.”
“I don’t think the evidence is strong enough,” he said.
“Resiles itself has no history of violence.
“One of the first burglaries he was caught doing, he ran away when it looked like someone was there.”
Williams added that a neighbor of the Su family testified in court that they saw someone push something into the front door of the house, but did not say it was a dead body, or mention the object or the person Race of the object could indicate person.
“I don’t know exactly what she saw, but you can’t push a body back through a door like that without someone on the other side pulling it in,” Williams said.
“More than one person could have been involved. It could have been three.”
The Post reports that Jill’s son Justin found her dead in the bathtub with 25 stab wounds and her hands and feet bound.
“My mom killed herself!” Justin said over the 911 call.
“She just stabbed herself and threw herself in the bathtub!”
According to the Post, a glass door in the living room was broken and drawers in some bedrooms “appear to have been tampered with.”
Resiles’ DNA was not found on the murder weapon, but on a knife near the door.
An initial puzzle
In previews for the Dateline episode, a police officer called the murder “probably one of the most terrifying scenes I’ve ever worked on in my 28 years.”
As it turns out, Su’s son Justin, who was just 20 at the time of the murder, told Dateline the home’s security cameras revealed a chilling clue.
WWLP reports that Justin said Su and her husband Nan-Yao Su had just returned from a trip to Malaysia the night before her murder in 2014.
The next morning, Yao-Su went to work, but Jill slept late and was home when Justin left the house at 9:30 am.
“My mom was in the living room in her pink robe,” Jason said.
“And she was reading a book. And I said, ‘I’ll see you when I get home from work.'”
Justin said his father called just after noon to ask if he was home when he saw something “unusual” on the security camera – a figure in the house.
“He walks into the breakfast area from the kitchen and disappears from camera view, and the next thing I know I’ve lost my picture,” Su’s husband said.
A second try
Resiles was sentenced to life in prison at his second trial.
At his first trial, the jury returned a verdict of manslaughter, but the jury reportedly felt pressure to settle for a lesser charge, a juror claimed.
The forewoman told the Sun-Sentinel that three jurors refused to sentence a young black man to life in prison.
A black juror has ruled the allegations untrue, the Post reports.
“I just got a knot in the pit of my stomach,” the foreman said of the manslaughter charge.
“I looked at the defense table.
“They just cheered him on and slapped him on the back like he’d graduated from high school or won a touchdown in a football game.
“I thought, ‘What have I done? Is this the world I’m creating for my children, a world where someone can get away with murder because of the color of their skin?’”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6710984/jill-halliburton-su-murder-dateline-florida-sentence/ A chilling lead could solve the brutal murder of mother Jill Halliburton with eerie surveillance of a dark figure lurking in her home