AUDIO: Attorney Norman Yatooma says it’s about time Carlita Kilpatrick spoke about Tamara ‘Strawberry’ Greene case
An attorney representing the family of a slain exotic dancer says it was due time for a former mayor’s wife to be questioned about her murder.
For years, it has been speculated that Tamara “Strawberry” Greene was a special guest at the Manoogian Mansion, dancing for then-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The oft-repeated rumor: The wild, but still unproven, party there was held without knowledge of Carlita Kilpatrick, the mayor’s wife.
However, as lore has it, Carlita Kilpatrick arrived at the Manoogian unexpectedly, spotted Greene and assaulted her with a baseball bat.
Norman Yatooma, who is seeking damages for Greene’s son, traveled to Dallas this week to depose Carlita Kilpatrick, who had originally sought to avoid an interview to not testify against her husband. Today on WJR, Yatooma told Paul W. Smith that “from my perspective, it went well. From hers, probably not as enjoyable as an experience.”
Yatooma said authorities have had several chances to interview Carlita Kilpatrick about the situation, but stymied by outside forces. He alleged that the Michigan State Police failed to intervene, and that Detroit Police Department officers’ job securities were threatened if she were interviewed.
“She’s never even given an interview on the subject, much less a deposition. Whatever story she has, we’ll take it. But now she’s stuck with it, and we’ll be taking that to trial,” Yatooma said. “The fact that she has gone this long without being interviewed or deposed on this matter…that is, in myself, evidence of a cover-up.”
Yatooma said there are more depositions to be taken, including Greene’s pastor, a Detroit police officer, a “sealed witness,” and another deposition with Kwame Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff Christine Beatty. One deposition Yatooma missed in Texas, though, was Kwame Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick.
“I did have a check for $40 made out to Bernard Kilpatrick, but apparently that wasn’t enough,” Yatooma joked, hinting at Kilpatrick’s alleged pay-to-play bribes