Kilpatrick testifies in slain dancer suit: Ex-Detroit Mayor’s deposition to continue in slain dancer case

Detroit — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick gave about four hours of testimony Thursday in a federal lawsuit brought by the family of a slain exotic dancer, but was returned to prison before completing his deposition.

Kilpatrick’s deposition will likely be completed Thursday, Aug. 9 or Aug. 10, said Norman Yatooma, the Birmingham attorney representing the family of Tamara “Strawberry” Greene.

James C. Thomas, Kilpatrick’s Detroit attorney, said the former mayor’s schedule is dictated by the U.S. Marshal Service.

“Mr. Kilpatrick was asked quite a few questions, and he was responsive,” Thomas said. “We had a lengthy deposition.”

Yatooma confirmed Kilpatrick answered questions. “I’m certainly happy that we finally got Mr. Kilpatrick under oath,” he said.

Neither attorney would characterize the tone of the session, but they confirmed Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen had to get involved to resolve disputes. Neither would say whether Kilpatrick invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

Kilpatrick, dressed in a blue business suit, entered the small conference room at the federal courthouse shortly before 10:30 a.m. His hands were cuffed behind his back, and he was flanked by U.S. marshals. Already inside the room were Jonathan Bond, the 17-year-old son of Greene, and Ernest Flagg, Bond’s father.

Greene, who was linked to a rumored party at the mayor’s city-owned Manoogian Mansion in the fall 2002, was shot to death in Detroit on April 30, 2003. Her family is suing Kilpatrick and the city. The defendants deny the allegations.

Lawyers also are trying to schedule a time to complete the deposition of Christine Beatty, Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff, who gave a partial deposition Wednesday.

Kilpatrick, 40, is serving time at Milan for a state probation violation and awaiting trial on federal fraud and tax charges.

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