What did I do? I walked into a drugstore to look for some mints, and then I walked out. What was wrong with that? I didn't kill Mr. Nesbitt.
In the young adult novel Monster, the black teenager Steve Harmon is accused of being an accomplice to a robbery in Harlem. Though he isn't one of the men who killed the shop owner, the prosecution claims he was acting as a lookout. According to their version of events, he came out of the store just before the robbery to signal to the two robbers that the store was empty.
Steve claims, however, that he was scouting for film locations for his new film. Unfortunately, his alibi is difficult to prove, as he was by himself. The only thing he can prove is that he is a member of a film club.
In the end, his lawyer gets him acquitted, first by making sure "the law works for you as well as against you, and to make you a human being in the eyes of the jury," and, second, by proving that Steve did not receive a cut of the money and that he hadn't even spoken to the two robbers, Ellis and Richard Evans, for months.