Who The Hell Killed Jerry in The Lincoln Lawyer?
So Who Killed Jerry in Lincoln Lawyer ? It’s official. We can’t get enough of The Lincoln Lawyer. While we contemplate the date for a season two of the new hit show by Netflix, we should probably talk about the season’s ending.
The legal-drama follows Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), a Los Angles lawyer who inherits the practice from his colleague Jerry Vincent after the latter’s murder. The season follows the plot-line of “who killed Jerry?” along with a major case that Mickey inherits from Jerry involving a billionaire video game developer. The billionaire in question is Trevor Elliott (Christopher Gorham), who is accused of killing his wife Lara and her boyfriend Jan Rilz after Trevor finds their bodies.
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Throughout the season, Trevor maintained his innocence. He admitted to Mickey that he knew his wife was having an affair and didn’t fault her for it. Instead, he blamed himself for neglecting their marriage. Meanwhile, Mickey discovers that the jury had been tampered with and bribes had been distributed. Trevor tells Mickey that he believes a Russian billionaire, the father of his college roommate who is trying to acquire his company is behind both the murder of his wife and of Jerry Vincent. His reasoning is that if the couple ends up divorced, Trevor’s reputation would take a hit and tank the company he has stakes into, so he killed Lara to prevent that from happening and bribed a juror.
Eventually, Trevor is found not guilty due to Mickey’s defense arguing that he simply would not have had enough time to hide his blood stained clothes and the murder weapon in the minutes before the police arrived. Trevor was declared an innocent man. However, it turns out that Trevor did in fact commit the murder and used a drone to hide his clothes and the murder weapon.
He did this in order to keep his ex-wife Lara from divorcing him and ending up with half of the company and the intellectual property for the code he had claimed credit for, but she actually written. If Lara were to divorce Trevor, she would have ended up with everything that made his business worth something, so he killed her and the man she was having an affair with, Jan. Later though, Trevor himself is gunned down at a big company event by a woman tied to Jan.
Though all this, there is still the issue of who is behind the threat on Mickey’s life. Earlier he had thought it may have been the Russian billionaire he’d thought to have close ties to this case. However, we learn that McSweeny, or juror number 7, was the one responsible for killing Jerry on the order of Judge Holder, who along with her husband had accepted a bribe from Trevor and rigged the juror list. After admitting this while being wire-tapped, she is taken into custody by Detective Griggs (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine), who on the case on Jerry Vincent’s murder.
Why would the judge rig the list? Well, simply for the monetary gain she was getting. Her side business of accepting bribes and rigging juries was, in fact, quite lucrative. This was also her reason for being behind Jerry’s death: he found out about the scheme and she needed to keep it from getting out. If it weren’t for the close watch Detective Griggs had on Mickey, he may have been next.
Though many loose ends had been resolved this season, we are still left with questions that will potentially be answered in a second season, should Netflix announce one.