Bernard Kilpatrick Deposition Is Aug. 31
DETROIT — Bernard Kilpatrick has agreed to answer questions under oath after skipping his court-ordered deposition earlier this month.
Kilpatrick was expected to testify in a $150 million wrongful death lawsuit on Aug. 12 in Texas, along with his daughter-in-law Carlita.
Instead, Kilpatrick informed Tamara Greene’s family attorney, Norman Yatooma, as he boarded a plane for Texas two days before the deposition that he was still in Michigan and could not afford to return to Texas for the deposition.
The deposition has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. on Aug. 31 in Birmingham.
“We’ll have the pleasure of his company here in Detroit and then if we get another crack at Kwame Kilpatrick, that’ll be next week. If not, then we’re done,” said Yatooma.
Carlita Kilpatrick did testify on Aug. 12. However, her testimony remains sealed.
Yatooma is suing Carlita Kilpatrick’s husband, Kwame Kilpatrick, and the city, alleging a police cover-up of Greene’s 2003 slaying.
Greene was killed just months after rumors spread that the exotic dancer was performing during a party at the former mayor’s home, the Manoogian Mansion, and then was assaulted by Carlita Kilpatrick.
Carlita Kilpatrick had never before been questioned under oath about the assault allegations.
Yatooma said he wants to know if Bernard Kilpatrick was involved in the cover-up of Greene’s murder investigation.
Yatooma said a few months ago, he was threatened by a city attorney not to depose Bernard Kilpatrick.
“What was expressed was that if we tried to take Bernard’s deposition, we would end up facedown in an alley with a knife in our back. We’re not running around afraid, but for those words to be uttered begs the question — why?” said Yatooma.
Bernard Kilpatrick is under investigation in a federal municipal corruption probe.
Earlier this month, Kwame Kilpatrick was transported from a Michigan prison where he is serving time for probation violation to testify in the case.
Yatooma said he is racing to wrap up the depositions before the case goes to trial in January.