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Michelle Schofield’s husband Leo speaks out from jail after Jeremy Scott’s shocking ‘confession’ he stabbed a teenager 26 times

A MAN convicted of murdering his wife has spoken out from prison after another man allegedly confessed to stabbing the teenager 26 times.

Leo Schofield, 56, is serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife Michelle, who was 18 when she was found dead in a central Florida canal in 1987.


Leo Schofield, 56, has been in prison for more than 30 years after being convicted of murdering his wife. He has always denied any involvement in the crimeCredit: ABC
Michelle was 18 when she was found dead in a central Florida canal in 1987


Michelle was 18 when she was found dead in a central Florida canal in 1987Credit: ABC
Leo's lawyer claims convicted killer Jeremy Scott confessed to killing Michelle


Leo’s lawyer claims convicted killer Jeremy Scott confessed to killing MichelleCredit: Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Although there is no physical evidence linking him to the horrific stabbing, Leo, then 21, was arrested and convicted, mainly because of a witness who said he heard screams coming from from the couple’s trainer the night Michelle disappeared.

The witness also testified that he saw Leo put a large object in the truck of a car. She was one of various witnesses who presented Leo as an abusive husband during his trial.

Leo, however, has always denied any involvement in the murder.

“Innocent isn’t in it, no plan in there, didn’t know this was happening, didn’t know this was going to happen and didn’t want it to happen. That’s me,” Leo said. at 20/20.

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Leo’s defense team and allies reported fingerprints found inside Michelle’s car that had never been identified, as reported by ABC News.

After his second wife, Crissie, hired a new defense attorney for Leo, the fingerprints were matched to those of convicted killer Jeremy Scott, who was already serving a life sentence for murder.

In 2016, Leo’s attorney, Andrew Crawford, claimed that Jeremy confessed to killing Michelle in a phone conversation that was not recorded.

However, Jeremy denied involvement in the murder when questioned by state investigators, but reportedly said he would confess to any murder if paid $1,000, according to ABC News.

Recently, producer and podcast host Gilbert King claimed that Jeremy recorded a detailed confession in a two-hour interview and letters.

He told the Tampa Bay Times, “He was really remorseful. He told me it tortured him. We had him sit down and tell his story.


Michelle disappeared after she was last seen leaving her job at a restaurant. His car was found by the side of a road before his body was discovered seven miles away in a canal.

During the interview, the prisoner recalls the day the police recovered Michelle’s body and told Amy, “I was so mad at God at that time.

“I ripped my shirt off. I hit a tree, I hit the ground, I was ripping grass out of the ground.”

Regarding Jeremy Scott’s confession and being sent back to court for a new trial, he says, “I have a lot of anger about it. He murdered my wife. It’s a hard thing to forgive.”

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Leo’s trial and the investigation into Michelle’s death are revisited in an episode of ABC 20/20 titled Last Seen in Lakeland.

Scheduled to air on September 23, 2022, true crime sleuths can catch Last Seen in Lakeland at 9 p.m. EST on the aforementioned network.


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