An eager reader notices a salient detail that hasn’t been mentioned much in the rest of the media. Let’s review the Melmer e-mail included in Special Agent John Barnes’s probable cause affidavit laying out the grounds for charging Mid-Central Educational Cooperative exec Dan Guericke with conspiracy and falsification of evidence:
On Monday, September 14, 2015, Rick Melmer tells Scott Westerhuis and Dan Guericke that he’ll be coming through Platte on Wednesday night.
Wednesday night. Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the day Dan Guericke and Scott Westerhuis learned the state was axing Mid-Central’s lucrative GEAR UP contract, the money that Westerhuis and his wife apparently funneled into their corporate web and into their own lavish home and personal expenses. Wednesday, September 16, the night Scott Westerhuis raced home from Takini to apparently kill his wife and children and incinerate his house and any evidence of his crimes therein.
But no matter what Rick Melmer drives, Melmer’s statement of his travel plans in his September 14 e-mail behooves DCI to ask Melmer, “Where were you on the night of Wednesday, September 16, 2015?” and, “What further communication did you have with Scott Westerhuis and/or Dan Guericke after your September 14 morning e-mail?”