Archive for 03/27/2010

Fight to Keep Vanessa Coleman’s Statement Out

03/27/2010 5 comments

~Vanessa Coleman

Attorneys Russell Greene and Ted Lavit argued before Judge Richard Baumgartner yesterday that Coleman’s statements to U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agent Bernard Waggoner should not be allowed to be heard by a jury.

Greene claims Waggoner threatened Coleman with a murder charge if she didn’t admit to what she knew about the 2007 killings of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.

Agent Waggoner concedes that a part of Coleman’s statement wasn’t recorded, but also said Coleman knew she could be charged in the case but willingly waived her right to keep quiet.

“I did say something to the effect ‘You need to tell the truth or you could get in trouble,'” he said. “I might have told her she could be charged with murder. I don’t know if I did.”

Coleman always claimed she had no knowledge of what occurred in the Chipman Street house, however it was when she admitted seeing Lemaricus Davidson kill Channon, Waggoner began taping her statement.

Prosecutor Leland Price argued Waggoner did nothing wrong and also said the Coleman’s mother was present during the interview process.

Judge Baumgartner has not ruled on the defense motion.

Jury questionnaires will be given out on April 9.

Interviewing of potential jurors is scheduled for April 27 with a jury to be seated by April 30.

Opening arguments will begin May 3.

Lawyer tries to keep torture-slayings defendant’s statement out

Vanessa Coleman’s attorneys argue against portions of her statements to police

Bradley Pleads Not Guilty

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On Wednesday, Earl Bradley pleaded not guilty to 471 felony counts in the alleged child abuse of the young patients in his Delaware medical practice.

Bradley appeared at the 2-minute hearing with Public Defenders, Dean Johnson and Stephanie Tsantes and court observers say Bradley was unshaven, his hair was matted and stringy and it appears he has lost significant weight since his December arrest.

The state was represented by attorneys Paula Ryan and Stacy Cohee and Attorney General Beau Biden.

Judge Henley Graves set a new bond at $3.7 million and a case review has been set for Monday, May 17.

Bradley’s license in New Jersey was suspended this week although the Board of Medical Examiners determined Bradley never practiced in New Jersey.

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