Carlita Kilpatrick finishes deposition in Tamara Greene case
8:43 PM, Aug 11, 2010
5:51 PM, Aug 13, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas (WXYZ) - After almost seven hours behind cloed doors Carlita Kilpatrick's
deposition is over. The former first lady walked out of her
attorney's office without comment at about 6:30 p.m. est.
Lawyers on both sides say they cannot comment because the
deposition is sealed. The attorney for Carlita Kilpatrick did
say the deposition was closure her.
Norm Yatooma, the lawyer for murdered exotic dancer Tamara
Greene, says the questioning was productive and looks forward to
4:30 pm (est)
It's late afternoon and the deposition is still going.
Attorney Norm Yatooma came outside just a short time ago to make
some phone calls on his cell. We asked how the deposition was
proceeding - he indicated it may take hours or even stop today and
(read below for more background and blog entries. Video and
pictures on the left of your screen.)
12:15 p.m. (est)
Carlita Kilpatrick, attorney Norm Yatooma and other members of
the Kilpatrick legal team have arrived for a deposition scheduled
to last several hours. Yatooma is the attorney for Tamara
Greene's family. Greene was killed in 2003. Yatooma
alleges the young woman was shot and killed after dancing at the
never-proved Manoogian Mansion Party in late 2002. Yatooma
says then-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick obstructed the investigation.
Bernard Kilpatrick was supposed to be deposed today as
well. He is a no show. It's not clear why he is not
coming. Yatooma says he will try to hold him in contempt of
Read below for more blog updates and background... we'll have
more when the deposition ends this afternoon or evening,
11:50 a.m. (est)
Carlita Kilpatrick arrives at lawyer's office to give
11 a.m. (est)
Just spoke with Bobbie Edmonds - the attorney for Bernard and
Carlita Kilpatrick. I asked why Bernard will be a no-show for
today's deposition and she said she could not comment.
Carlita Kilpatrick is still scheduled to be here in Fort Worth at
noon Detroit time. She has not yet arrived.
Added some new pictures - you can see what we see... click the
photos tab to your left.
10 a.m. (est)
We've arrived at the Kilpatricks' lawyer's office in Fort Worth
Texas. It's a small store front space -- a modest setting to
be certain. The attorney's name is Bobbie Edmonds. We
interviewed her Wednesday. She said then that she was not
sure what questions Carlita and Bernard Kilpatrick would
answer. Of course the big development last night was that
Norm Yatooma, who is leading this lawsuit, said that Bernard
Kilpatrick (Kwame Kilpatrick's father) will not be at the
deposition. That means he could be held in contempt (more
info on background is below.
We'll have a ton of other updates as we wait for Detroit's
former first lady to arrive. And pics when she gets here...
Click on the
photo tab and you can see what we're seeing.
The former first lady of Detroit will be under oath in Texas
Thursday as she answers questions about the death of Tamara Greene,
but her father-in-law, Bernard Kilpatrick, has apparently opted not
to attend his scheduled deposition.
Attorney Norman Yatooma says he will ask the court to hold the
elder Kilpatrick in contempt. Yatooma believes Bernard
Kilpatrick is still in Michigan.
The Birmingham based attorney has wanted to question Carlita
Kilpatrick about the case for months. Thursday's deposition comes
after a judge ruled both Carlita and Bernard Kilpatrick must
testify. Carlita Kilpatrick has argued that the deposition would
violate privilege and could hurt her husband's criminal case.
Carlita Kilpatrick has been at the center of the controversy
surrounding Tamara Greene ever since it was alleged that she
assaulted the exotic dancer at a long rumored wild party at the
Manoogian Mansion. However, it has never been proven that the party
Greene was murdered months after the party is said to have taken
place and her killers have never been brought to justice.
Yatooma is suing both the Kilpatrick family and the city of
Detroit, alleging that they intentionally botched the murder
investigation to help cover up the party at the Manoogian. However,
an investigation by Attorney General Mike Cox determined that the
party was an "urban legend."
That conclusion has since been brought into question amid
allegations that Cox was at the rumored party. However, no concrete
proof has ever been offered that that party actually happened and
it still remains a rumor.
Action News reporter Tom Wait is in Fort Worth covering
Carlita Kilpatrick's deposition. He will have complete coverage
on Action News and WXYZ.com Thursday.