Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, this young man, Steve Harmon, is guilty. There is evidence that he has met with King, who was also admittedly involved with and planned the crime. Not only that, but in the journal he never specifically says that he didn’t commit the crime. He wrote about talking with King and King offered for him to be in the trial. The law also states that being involved in a crime in anyway is a crime. He lied on the stand. All of these things just prove his guilt.
In the journal in one of Steve’s flashbacks, he tells about an encounter between him and King, proving that he was involved and knew about the crime. King says, “Yeah, all we need is a lookout” (150). is what Steve wrote that King said during a conversation between the two young men. Steve said that he wasn’t involved in anyway in the crime, and if he is not charged for the crime itself, he can at least be charged for lying on the stand which is illegal by itself. In the conversation that Steve writes about between himself and King, he also writes how King asks him, “All you need is heart. You got the heart?” Steve never wrote his answer. It not only shows that he hesitates, but it leaves us to question, could he possibly have agreed to help commit the crime? Steve may claim to not have been at the store that day, but the chances of this being a misunderstanding and Steve being innocent are slimmed to almost none. King identified Steve as the young man who agreed to be the lookout. Steve was definitely in contact with King leading up to the crime, and had knowledge of the crime, which goes against everything that Steve has said on the stand during this trial, proving that Steve is a dishonest monster.
Not only does he write about his conversation with King prior to the crime, but he also shows pictures of himself in the store, even though on the stand he denied ever being in the store. He also knew what he was doing was wrong. The pictures have captions saying, “What was I doing? What was i thinking?” (216) This shows that he knows what he was doing was not a good choice, and that he should not have been doing it even though he did it anyways. Well, what was he doing? Why was he in the pharmacy? And what was he thinking? He was thinking that he was going to walk out of there, and give the all clear to King and Bobo, letting them know that it’s safe to continue with the crime, putting the store and Mr. Nesbitt into danger. He looks back on that action with regret because of his consequence, but not so much guilt for commiting the crime.
Steve may not have done the worst parts of the crime, but he was still there. He knew about it, while saying on the stand that he had never talked to King about the crime, and said that he didn’t go into the store that day. Steve said on the stand, “I don’t know exactly when the robbery happened, but I know I wasn’t in the drugstore that day” He lied on the stand because later in the book he shows pictures of himself in the store that day. When asked, “What do you talk about?” (with King) Steve replied with, “Usually I see him in the playground. Maybe he’d say something like ‘Those guys can’t play ball,’ stuff like that,” This is another lie that Steve made because he also writes about at least 2 conversations between himself and King. Not only is commiting these crimes against the law, but lying on the stand is also punishable by law. No matter what way you look at this, Steve Harmon is guilty.
Now, I know you may think that there are also many things pointing to his innocence, but they do not stand strong against his guilt. Even though Lorelle Henry states that she did not see Steve Harmon in the store that day, it does not prove that he was not actually there. Steve never says that he saw her in the store, so there is a possibility that they were just in two different spots without a view of each other. Also, Steve never got a share of the money that was stolen from the store. He may not have gotten it, but he could have just been planning to receive his share later. After the crime, Cruz and King went to go sell some cigarrettes that they stole, and some may be surprised that Steve was not with them, but Steve was not there right when the crime happened, so why would he have come back after? There may be things pointing to his innocence, but none of them are strong enough to win the case.
Steve Harmon not only had knowledge that the crime was going to take place, but he was a part of the crime. He went into the store that day, with full intent on being the lookout. Steve also lied on the stand, and did not admit to being in the store that day, while in his journal he writes that he was there. With all of these lies and crimes showin his guilt, there is no way that Steve Harmon could possibly be convicted as innocent. There is no question when I say that Steve Harmon has every reason to be convicted as guilty.