City Told To Produce Records In Stripper Case
DETROIT — A judge has ordered Detroit to give certain phone records to lawyers who want to know whether city employees had contact with a stripper before she was fatally shot in 2003.
Watch: Detroit Must Produce Records In Greene Case
It’s another development in a lawsuit filed against the city and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Tamara Greene’s family claims the murder investigation was intentionally bungled. Kilpatrick denies he had anything to do with her death.
Greene’s family said her phone showed calls with prefixes that might belong to city employees.
Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen on Thursday said the city must find phone records as well as turn over some payroll records.
In the weeks ahead, lawyers for the city and Kilpatrick will ask that the lawsuit be dismissed.
Lawyers who represent Greene’s family have gotten depositions from imprisoned former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his wife, Carlita, his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty.
Greene was shot to death on a Detroit street in April 2003. Her killing has not been solved.
Greene, who worked as a stripper under the name of Strawberry, was alleged to have danced at a party at the Manoogian mansion in 2002.
Stories have circulated that then-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s wife confronted Greene and assaulted her.
Attorney General Mike Cox investigated the rumored party hosted by the mayor but called it an “the earmarks of an urban legend.”
Attorneys for the Greene family have filed a federal lawsuit against Kwame Kilpatrick and the city of Detroit, alleging they obstructed the investigation into Greene’s death.
Lawyers for Kilpatrick and the city have denied the allegations.