GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – Michael Mead sat down with NewsChannel 36 reporter Glenn Counts for an exclusive interview after his acquittal in a highly publicized murder trial.
If you catch up with Mead at his home, usually he’s out back with his dogs.
"You can't get back 3 years of lost time, that's time you will never recover", said Mead. His life became a nightmare in July of 2008 when Lucy Johnson, his pregnant fiancée, was murdered and her Gaston County home set on fire.
Several months later he was arrested and charged with the crime. "I have a lot of anger toward the Gaston County Police Department".
Mead says his anger produced a lawsuit against Gaston County Police, among other things it strongly suggests the department got the wrong man. Not only was Mead acquitted at his trial, jurors questioned why he was charged in the first place.
Mead is convinced that investigators wanted him at all costs. “I absolutely know, that they knew I was innocent, the evidence clearly proves that I was home all night".
At his trial, defense attorneys pointed the finger at James Spelock. He was in a nasty custody battle with Johnson and she was going to oust him as an alleged closet transvestite because she caught him ordering female latex body parts on line.
NewsChannel 36 contacted Spelock via phone and asked him if he killed Johnson, he replied “of course not”.
Mead is convinced that Spelock is the killer, "I call him a sociopath, and he knows it, I'm not afraid to talk to 20/20, I’m not afraid to talk to Paula Zahn, I'm not afraid to talk to you, ever see him sit in that chair," said Mead.
Spelock says that Mead doesn’t know what he’s talking about, "He can say what he wants, I don't care, I know the truth, and people around me know the truth, and 99 percent of her family knows the truth. There is nothing more to say,” said Spelock.
Because of the charges and the three years it took go to trial, Mead’s home is in foreclosure; he is asking for more than 100 thousand dollars in damages. "Money is not going to bring Lucy back...money... it's the only way to make them pay", said Mead.
Gaston County Police Chief James Buie would not comment directly on the suit but said, “Our investigation was done very fair and impartial”. He also said we have cleared Spelock of being a suspect, if additional information surfaces, we would look at that”.