VIDEO: Judge: Kilpatrick’s Wife Must Testify
DETROIT — Local 4 has learned that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s wife, Carlita, will have to testify in a civil lawsuit tied to the fatal shooting of stripper Tamara Greene.
Judge Gerald Rosen heard arguments Tuesday for and against motions to stop other depositions in the case, too.
Attorney Norman Yatooma is representing Greene’s family in a $150 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Detroit. Yatooma alleges that Kwame Kilpatrick and other city officials stifled an investigation into Greene’s death.
Greene, a dancer known as Strawberry, was rumored to have been at a never-proven party thrown at a Manoogian mansion by the former mayor in 2002. It was also rumored that Greene was assaulted by Carlita Kilpatrick when she walked into the party and saw Greene with her husband.
On April 30, 2003, Greene was in a car with her boyfriend on Detroit’s west side when a gunman opened fire on their vehicle, killing Greene and wounding the boyfriend.
Her death remains unsolved seven years later.
“The assault by the first lady (Carlita Kilpatrick) sounds to me like a pretty good reason for the then mayor to cover up the murder investigation into Tammy Greene,” Yatooma said.
Local 4 has also learned that Kwame Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard, and former Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver have also been ordered to testify.
During an exclusive interview with Local 4 Defender Kevin Dietz in Texas last week, Bernard Kilpatrick didn’t comment on the alleged party but said the FBI has been watching him since long before the date of the alleged party, and that they have not found any wrongdoing.
The Kilpatricks will give their depositions in Texas, while Oliver will give his in Arizona.
Yatooma also had wanted to interview Brooke Jordan, a lawyer who formerly worked in the Michigan attorney general’s office. They are scheduled to take place within the next 85 days.
Yatooma said he believes she might have information on the state investigation of a possible wild party at the Detroit mayoral mansion in 2002.
But Rosen denied to order her to testify.
Attorney General Mike Cox in 2003 investigated the alleged party and said he found no evidence that it had occurred, calling the event an “urban legend.”
He was deposed in connection with the case in December.