Dateline | January 24, 2014
>> narrator: it was an early winter morning, december 30, 2010 , dark, cold, silent. and then, a single gunshot. it was rob who discovered his son-in-law lee, clearly dead, r lying on the kitchen floor.
>> it is horrific and numbing to see someone you love lying there dead.
>> narrator: instinct kicked in, rob, the cop turned attorney called 911 around 5:00 a.m .
>> 911, what's your emergency?
>> he shot himself , i don't get it. he shot himself .
>> narrator: sergeant chris lafc lafco of the maricopa sheriff's department arrived at the scene. once inside the house, he got a good look at the victim. lee's hand was grasping a gun, and there was rob fischer, still kneeling beside lee, still holding the phone he had used to call 911.
>> mr. fischer stood up and said i'm a retired police officer .
>> narrator: as they stood there, belinda walked out of the bedroom.
>> what's going on? what's going on?
>> i was complete lly catatonic, frozen.
>> narrator: it was peculiar, said sergeant lefco, belinda didn't seem to know what had happ happened.
>> to me if my spouse was lying on the ground suffering a fatal wound, i would make every effort to at least look at my spouse. she didn't do that.
>> narrator: more cops arrive. the sergeant took rob outside t man was clearly plastered, bloodshot eyes , extremely confused. he didn't seem to know who was in there dead.
>> that was his son-in-law. i would think he would be able to identify him, the wound wasn't that disfiguring.
>> narrator: what was going on? sergeant lefco passed on all the information to detective mike brooks who took belinda down to the sheriff's office.
>> if apparently he had shot himself , why did you take belinda down to the station?
>> in any injury, it could be grandma who died in her bed. you're going to talk to the people that were there to find out what happened.
>> i'm trying to figure out what happened.
>> you and me both. i don't know.
>> why would lee have killed himself , asked detective brooks?
>> we've had financial trouble. we always seem to make it through. you know, it's like -- i just -- i -- i just don't get it. i don't get it. we don't own a gun.
>> narrator: so to the beginning. the detective wanted details. everything that happened that evening after rob came in from california.
>> we went to dinner about 7:00.
>> you came back to the house and you talked for a little bit and the girls went to sleep?
>> whiat time -- about what time did the girls go to sleep?
>> about 10:30 .
>> around that time, lee got an e-mail. he went to call his business partner while belinda stayed in the kitchen with rob.
>> i got up to go to the bathroom and came back and -- there he is. and it's like, you know, it's -- it's really not real.
>> about what time did this happen?
>> the girls went to bed about 10:30 . um -- so it was after that. i don't -- i don't know.
>> narrator: detective brooks was baffled. was belinda saying she shouldn't account for what happened from 10:30 p.m . until the 911 call came in at 5:00 a.m . it didn't make sense.
>> okay, were you, um, intoxicated?
>> probably, oh, yeah, i'm sure.
>> we got our first call on this at 5:00 in the morning.
>> okay. i don't --
>> that's pretty significant from 10:30 , from the kids going to bed , 10:00 , 10:30 .
>> to 5:00 in the morning.
>> i was dazed and confused and trying to recall things from the evening prior.
>> narrator: but the detective wanted to know, was she confused or hiding something.
>> is there something more to this?
>> no. do i need to have a lawyer or something?
>> narrator: belinda quickly sensed where there was going.
>> i didn't kill my husband, i didn't want him dead. i wouldn't do anything like that.
>> wouldn't you agree that there's a big difference between 10:30 at night and 5:00 in the morning?
>> but you would know --
>> but i also know that i didn't kill my husband.
>> narrator: they questioned belinda like that for hours. then they sent her home. but detective brooks was not satisfied.
>> you didn't feel like she was necessarily being straight with you?
>> i didn't want to jump to any conclusions at that point.
>> narrator: it was two days later, new year's day, when belinda finally broke the news to lee's family in buffalo. spoke to lee's mom, lee radder.
>> in talking to them we found out that it happened thursday morning.
>> this was saturday afternoon.
>> this was saturday night. i said what took you so long? i could have gone there immediately. oh, well the police confiscated our phones, i didn't know your phone number .
>> narrator: the call was brief. belinda was in tears.
>> that's the last thing, probably the last words i heard from her.
>> i had nothing to say, i didn't know anything. no information that i could give.
>> narrator: except that one shocking word, suicide. the word lee's family and friends didn't buy. not for a minute.
>> this doesn't make sense, my brother would never do this. i don't believe that he killed himself . there's just no way.
>> so something else happened. at that house that night.
>> narrator: but what? coming up --