Police in Saskatoon, Canada, had a problem. They had a suspect fingered for the 2009 murder of 16-year-old Charlotte Jolly, but they needed the perp to admit his role on tape. Fortunately for the cops, their suspect's uncle also had a problem. He had an outstanding DUI arrest that he wanted to disappear. What happened to solve both has to do with a secret microphone, an Xbox 360, and a nearly dusk-to-dawn marathon of Guitar Hero 3.
CBC News Canada reports that police negotiated a deal with the 16-year-old suspect's uncle in which a DUI charge would be dropped against him if he helped the police ferret a murder confession from his nephew using a bugged video game.
Apparently a secret microphone was set up in the game Guitar Hero 3 (it's unclear where the microphone the actually placed), and the uncle invited the teen over for an all-night shred session.
. . . during a midnight-to-dawn session of the uncle and nephew playing the game Guitar Hero, the youth was recorded giving his account of the shooting.
Police arrested and charged the youth with second-degree murder.
The teen's lawyer says he won't argue the boy's innocence, but instead will say that the murder was unintentional and should only warrant a manslaughter charge. More on that here.
At any rate, the teen is likely looking at some serious prison time (for a juvenile) over the case. His uncle, meanwhile, will avoid his minor jail time for drunk driving, though it's unlikely that anyone will want to play Guitar Hero with him anymore.