There is no doubting that there are problems surrounding the murder of Elizabeth “Betsy” Faria at every turn, but what is shocking is that it also involves detectives and prosecutors. It had it all, just as “The Thing About Pam” describes, from Russell “Russ” Faria’s two trials to the claimed plot Pam Hupp concocted to an alleged affair that had no place being brought up in the case. Now that you know more about the woman who twice filed charges against Betsy’s husband, we can also tell you about her personal beliefs.
Who is Leah Askey?
Leah Askey was on a fast track in her career when she initially received the Betsy Faria homicide case since she had just earned her Juris Doctor from the Saint Louis University School of Law (2006). Because of this, the jury in 2013 believed her when she described Russ as a marijuana-smoking, violent guy who had beaten his wife after learning she had changed him from the beneficiary of her life insurance policy.
Leah implied that whomever killed Betsy cleaned up the scene and let the dog out afterwards, and there was nobody else who could do it quickly but the man who owned the location. This was his alibi. In the latter case, the prosecutor even went so far as to name the individuals who had confirmed Russ’ claims to have been at a gaming night as co-conspirators—despite the fact that no charges were ever filed.
It’s important to remember that for the following two years, Leah vehemently disputed allegations that she had a romantic relationship with Mike Lang, the sheriff’s office’s captain of investigations at the time. She continued to try Russ again in 2015, seemingly unconcerned, but with new information solely related to Pam Hupp, he was finally exonerated.
Where is Leah Askey Now?
Russ Faria sued Leah Askey and three detectives after being cleared on the grounds that they willfully disregarded exculpatory evidence, but the judge struck her name from the lawsuit. Despite this, the Lincoln County Commissioner’s Office investigated Leah in 2017 for criminal and ethical misconduct and found that, despite not handling Betsy’s/Russ’ case improperly, she had received other complaints.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Happened to Askey?
After her second marriage, Askey now goes by Leah Chaney. She continues to practise law in a private office where she handles cases involving family law, criminal defence, landlord-tenant issues, personal injury, and expungements.
Did Mike Wood Defeat Leah Askey?
What happened to Mike Wood’s campaign to become the prosecuting attorney for Lincoln County? Leah Askey, who is now known as Leah Chaney, was Wood’s opponent in 2018 when she ran for reelection, as was mentioned in the episode. He prevailed in the contest and is currently the district attorney for Lincoln County.
Leah Askey was on a fast track in her career when she initially received the Betsy Faria homicide case. She had just earned her Juris Doctor from the Saint Louis University School of Law (2006) Leah implied that whoever killed Betsy cleaned up the scene and let the dog out afterwards, and there was nobody else who could do it quickly.
Former Lincoln County prosecutor Leah Askey was investigated for criminal and ethical misconduct in 2017 for her role in the wrongful conviction of Russ Faria. Now working as a lawyer, she says she has no regrets about the way she handled the Faria case.