Limberios shooting saga
Family, supporters watch ‘Dr. Phil’
Sandusky Register Staff
Nov 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM
The death of Jacob Limberios gained a national focus Thursday when the first of two segments of the “Dr. Phil” show about the 19-yearold’s death was shown on television stations from New York to California.
Family members and about 35 supporters of Justice for Jake & Ella packed the Village Pizza House West to watch the show together. They plan to return today for the second installment of the nationally syndicated talk show, when the program will reveal results of lie detector tests taken by two of the three witnesses who were guests on the program and were inside the home with Jake when he was killed.
Brittany Bowers and Will Lewis repeatedly denied having anything to do with Jake’s death.
“There’s nothing else that happened that night,” Lewis told Dr. Phil after he asked if Lewis had any other information that might help Mike and Shannon Limberios understand better how their son was killed. “There’s nothing I can do about it. I’ve told the truth since day one. I took a lie detector test. I’ll take another one.”
Lewis and Bowers have both maintained Jacob Limberios shot himself in the head at about 9:30 p.m. on March 2, 2012.
“I am not lying,” Bowers told Dr. Phil.
“We didn’t do anything wrong. We tried to tell you guys everything we knew,” Bowers told Mike and Shannon Limberios, who were with Bowers and Lewis on the Dr. Phil stage.
Watch a Between the Lines interview with Kayleigh Bowers in the player below
The Dr. Phil program was recorded in September.
Thursday’s segment opens with Mike Limberios recalling when he learned Jacob had been hurt and how he went immediately to Bowers’ home in York Township.
“He was white as a ghost,” Shannon Limberios said, describing her husband. “He only said to me, ‘Something’s wrong with Jake.’”
When he arrived at the home he was told by a Sandusky County deputy it was a crime scene and his son was dead.
Mike Limberios said he felt forced to find answers after Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer shut down the investigation about two months later — in April 2012 — without explaining why evidence was destroyed and why no autopsy would be ordered. Overmyer refused to answer their questions.
“I became the investigator,” Mike Limberios told Dr. Phil.
“The sheriff made a ruling of suicide before they even took (the witnesses’) written statements,” Mike told Dr. Phil. “Things just didn’t add up.”
Watch a Between the Lines interview with Mike Limberios at the Village Pizza House in the player below
Jacob wasn’t suicidal. It was a social gathering that brought him together with Bowers, Lewis and a third person, Evan Neidler, that night.
They did not learn until weeks later Jake’s death was ruled a suicide, when they received a death certificate in the mail.
“It never dawned on us it would be labeled a suicide,” Shannon Limberios said.
Watch a Between the Lines interview with Shannon Limberios in the player below
Bowers and Lewis both took lie detector tests while they were guests on the show. The results of those tests are to be revealed in today’s program.
Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who has testified in hundreds of court cases, including celebrity death investigations, will also be on today’s “Dr. Phil” show. Wecht conducted an autopsy in September 2012 and determined Jacob was a homicide victim.
Extended clips of the “Dr. Phil” shows are available HERE.
Also, demand viewing of “Between the Lines Live” with the Limberios family and supporters watching the entire program can be found HERE and the program will be live again from 4-5:30 p.m. today as the family and supporters watch the second “Dr. Phil” program with Justice for Jake & Ella supporters.