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George Zimmerman: The Witness 8 Interviews
Talkleft ^ | October 23, 2012 | Jeralyn Merritt

Posted on 10/24/2012 5:04:26 AM PDT by Uncle Chip

The full version of the October 19 hearing in the George Zimmerman case is now available without commentary on You Tube (Parts 1 and Part 2.)

Of particular interest to me are the issues surrounding Witness 8, aka "Dee Dee", Trayvon Martin's phone friend who reportedly was speaking with Travyon in the minutes leading up to the shooting. The media has referred to her as "Dee Dee", but her true identity is protected by court order.

When Martin family lawyer Benjamin Crump held a press conference in Ft. Lauderdale on March 20, to introduce the nation to the existence of this witness, he played a tape recording of a telephone interview he conducted with her the day before. He said the interview shows George Zimmerman's version of the events leading up to the shooting are not believable. The transcript of his press conference is here. Crump announced he would send the recording to the Justice Department. Video is here (part 1) and here (part 2.)

The state interviewed this witness on April 2, after getting her phone records. The state released recordings of both its April 2 interview and the copy of the Crump interview in discovery. While the recording of the state's interview with witness 8 on April 2 is fairly audible, the Crump interview it provided is mostly unintelligible, which the defense complained about at the hearing on Friday and in a motion ......

The defense stated at the hearing that ABC News aired clips from the recording of the Crump-Dee Dee interview, which ABC reporter Matt Gutman said he obtained exclusively. Curiously, the Gutman aired clips are perfectly clear. See here, as an example. Also see the Gutman clips Diwataman has assembled.

On March 28, Matt Gutman tweeted that he is the only person with a copy of the recording. In another ABC interview, Gutman said:

Martin's father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, listened to the call, along with ABC News, ashen-faced.

It turns out Matt Gutman says he spoke with Witness 8 several times the week of March 19. From his appearance on MSNBC's Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on March 28 (transcript available on Lexis.com):


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: trayvonmartin; zimmerman
Since Don West made such an issue at the hearing of wanting the state to disclose Dee Dee's address for investigative purposes, it sounds like he doesn't know her present address, perhaps because she's moved. (Again, I'm not interested in finding her address and commenters here may not speculate on it.) Did the state not disclose her parents' name to the defense, or make a report of the circumstances under which Dee Dee was interviewed on April 2? The state must have spoken with her parents to arrange the interview, but there's no report in discovery as to this. If the defense has her parents' names, it should be able to find her address on its own, without the state's help. If it doesn't have those names, why not? Is the state withholding some of its reports?
1 posted on 10/24/2012 5:04:34 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

the injustice against Zimmerman is appalling - just so O can play cops with Jackson and Sharpton and the hood


2 posted on 10/24/2012 6:41:34 AM PDT by nevermorelenore
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