Detective Waid’s Deposition
The consent motion for former DC Detective Bryan Waid to be deposed in Florida for the Wone civil case, was ordered by Judge Michael Ranking this week.
Waid led the early investigation and was on the scene at 1509 Swann Street on the night of Robert’s murder, and also managed a good portion of that evening’s interviews/interrogations of the defendants at Anacostia’s Violent Crimes Branch. He testified on Day 11, Day 12 and Day 16 of the summer conspiracy and obstruction trial.
From an earlier post, when the motion was filed nearly a month ago:
“…MPD Detective Bryan Waid was the most sympathetic of the questioners on the morning of August 3rd. He allowed long period of silences between his questions to Joe Price; allowing Price to give his unvarnished version of events from the previous evening.
He was not accusatory, the way Detective “Come-to-Jesus” Wagner was, nor was he disbelieving the way Detective Norris was. Detective Waid went the good guy route; seeking to get the full version of events according to Price.”
On the stand at the criminal trial, Detective Waid was the same calm, reassuring presence, but it was his testimony that was devastating.”
It’s a safe bet that the defense team is looking to poke holes in Waid’s procedues, his team, the theories he was developing and discarding as the investigation moved on, and certainly his summer testimony.
Without Bernie Grimm or Tom Connolly, does managing Waid’s testimony fall on Robert Spagnoletti’s shoulders? He is after all, as best we can tell, the lone veteran of the criminal proceedings and more than the Maryland and Oregon defense attorneys, he has the institutional knowledge of the case and MPD work on it. It still doesn’t appear that his boss, David Schertler, filed any notice of appearance
Did the Spag’s plans of being in the backseat of the civil case, which he announced at the September 16 status hearing, change? Having such an experienced hand is good news for the defendants no doubt, but at Spagnotetti’s steep billing rates, it may be bad news for whoever is paying his freight.