It was a high profile criminal trial in a small town. Jeb Junior was brutally killed in his own barn. The man accused of killing him was on trial for the murder, and the prosecutor finally got him up on the witness stand.
“Did you kill Jeb Junior on the night of April 23rd?” asked the prosecutor point blank.
“No, I did not,” replied the defendant with his eyes looking down.
Suspecting that the witness was lying, the prosecutor asked, “Do you know what the penalties are for perjury?”
“Yes, I do,” said the defendant. “And they’re a hell of a lot better than the penalties for murder.”