Last Friday’s hour-long status hearing focused on pieces of evidence that still need to be tested or retested.
Twenty six of the original 270 items are all that remain in play; the government and defense appear close to settling these outstanding disputes. Over the next week or so we’ll look at what’s at stake with the physical evidence and will upload the supporting documents including any that may have recently surfaced.
But first, a find from last week sparked chatter and raised eyebrows: MPD Officer Diane Durham’s statement written just a few hours after the murder. Her report directly contradicts Joe Price’s statements from the original affidavit as to where he found Robert’s body – in her account, by Joe’s own admission, Robert was found on the patio and not the guest room.
This is no small discrepancy; it could call into question everything the then-witnesses, now defendants, have claimed about their involvement and actions.
Upon arrival, Officer Durham describes the surreal scene familiar to case watchers, “…white men dressed in white robes.” She then offers a twist.
“One was dressed only in a pair of white speedo underwear. One male was standing by the steps, the other was sitting in the chair, the male in the underwear did all the talking.”
Anyone want to guess which housemate was the talker? Too easy, this one’s tougher: who “…busted out crying and placed his face in his hands?”
This doc raises a host of question not just about the defendants’ credibility but maybe Officer Durham’s as well. Why didn’t this make it into the warrant? Why keep it a secret?
The language is vague on crucial points: Durham says she left 1509 with the EMTs to escort Robert’s body to the hospital and other units were on the way, advising the “underwear guy” that it would be a good idea to get some clothes on.
When exactly Durham arrived, left and who took over for her isn’t known. Could she have left the threesome unsupervised giving them time to conference? Could that explain the radical shift in Price’s story?
This two-page document, with its second entirely redacted, may impact the trial or not. Longtime contributor Themis is first to weigh in. Hand written notes from MPD officers coming next.
For those who can’t do Scribd, the full doc is here
–posted by Craig