Greene Lawyer 1 Step Closer To Text Messages

DETROIT — New documents in the Tamara Greene slaying case may shed light on solving the slain stripper’s death.

The new documents mandate the city to hand over all the identifications or pin numbers to all the SkyTel pagers issued to all city employees by Friday.

The next step could be obtaining all city employee text messages sent the night Green was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. Greene, 27, allegedly danced at the Manoogian Mansion party and was later killed. City officials deny that party ever happened. The homicide remains unsolved.

Despite denials by the mayor and a state investigation that claims the party was an urban legend, the story has persisted and has been fueled by a $150 million federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Greene’s 14-year-old son.

The lawyer representing the Greene family, Norman Yatooma, told Local 4 he is trying to obtain Kilpatrick’s text messages from Sept. 1, 2002, days before the earliest possible date the Manoogian party might have happened through May 10, 2003, two days after former deputy chief Gary Grown was fired. And the messages from May 11, 2003, when the Tamara Greene murder case went to the cold case file until a year later.

A federal judge has appointed Executive Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen of Detroit and Magistrate Judge Michael Hluchaniuk of Flint to comb through the messages and determine which SkyTel texts will be investigated and released to the public.

Yatooma said this is another sign of progress in the case.

“Now that the city’s motion to dismiss has been denied and the motions to quash are denied, I wait for the discovery that we requested, and the first step in that regard will be to receive a list of all the city officials which had a SkyTel pagers, which I am to receive by March 28,” said Yatooma.

Attorney Mayer Morganroth is no longer representing the city in the Greene case. The city and Morganroth on Wednesday signed an agreement for Detroit’s law department to take over the case.

Morganroth also represents former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty in a criminal case and some council members believe a conflict of interest may arise.

Morganroth told Local 4 that he agreed to be taken off the case not because he believes a conflict of interest exists, but because of the “sideshow” it creates.

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