Bernard Kilpatrick Skips Deposition; Carlita Testifies
FORT WORTH, TX. — The father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick did not show up in Texas for interviews in a civil lawsuit over the death of stripper Tamara Greene.
Bernard Kilpatrick, along with his daughter in-law Carlita Kilpatrick were scheduled to be deposed in Fort Worth, Texas.
Bernard Kilpatrick was in Michigan late Wednesday evening, and now Local 4 he told a judge that he could not afford to get back to Texas for the deposition.
Bernard Kilpatrick has asked the judge if he could be deposed in the case in Michigan sometime next week.
The lawyer representing Greene’s family, Norman Yatooma, said he wants to know if Bernard Kilpatrick helped cover-up Greene’s murder investigation.
Yatooma said a few months ago, he was threatened by a city attorney, warning him against deposing Bernard Kilpatrick.
“What was expressed was that if we tried to take Bernard’s deposition, we would end up face down 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.
Kwame Kikpatrick’s wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, arrived for her deposition Thursday afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas with her attorney and a bodyguard by her side.
It was the first time in eight years that Carlita Kilpatrick was questioned under oath about allegations that she assaulted Greene at the party.
Yatooma said he could not reveal what Kilpatrick said during her testimony, but did say there were some surprises.
“A number of people were surprised by some of the things that were revealed in today’s deposition. I’ll leave it at that,” Yatooma said.
Kilpatrick’s attorney, Bobbie Edmonds, said now that her client is on the record, she would like to put the whole thing behind her.
“It’s a chapter closed,” Edmonds said.
Edmonds had said her client planed to invoke spousal privileges if there was a question that may incriminate her husband in a pending federal tax investigation.
“When she hears it and it’s off limits, objectionable or privileged, we will object at that time,” said Edmonds.
Watch: Kilpatrick’s Wife Goes Under Oath In Texas
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.
Kwame Kilpatrick completed day two of his deposition Tuesday. Former Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver was deposed Wednesday.
Many city officials including another former police chief, the Attorney General, investigators and a councilman have been deposed in the $150 million lawsuit.