#3 Officer Chris Russ (Pasadena police officer who responded to Dorothy Melvin's 911 call; completed)
#4 Vickie Daniels-Mathews (State of NY 911 System Custodian of Records; Testifying to Stephanie Jennings 911 call from the Carlyle Hotel; completed)
#5 Devra Robitaille (1101(b) witness, former assistant to Spector; still on the stand under direct)
Testimony in Spector's retrial came to a complete stop during the morning session and it wasn't because of an injured juror or motions for a mistrial by Doron Weinberg. Approximately 10:30 am, alarms bells rang throughout the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Building. Judge Fidler then addressed the jurors and the gallery and informed them this was an earthquake preparedness drill for the entire building and everyone would be required to evacuate the building using the stairwell just to the right of the courtroom.
Fidler first addressed the jurors and asked for a show of hands for any juror (besides alternate #1) that would not be able to exit the building using the stairs. I believe it was Juror #7 who raised her hand. Those jurors would be escorted out of the building by a sheriff via a freight elevator, and I believe the rest of the jurors went with another deputy. Anyone else who could not exit the building via the stairwell were to notify a sheriff.
Out the courtroom door and down we went. Spector's entourage went down the stairwell about a minute ahead of myself and Jon Scott, of All Memphis Music. The stairwell, in the north east corner of the building let us out on Spring Street. Soon the sidewalk was packed with staff, general public and jurors. The Spector's and their bodyguard started to walk south on Spring street, probably to get to the parking lot and their car. A short time later, a sheriff on a bullhorn instructed everyone still on the sidewalk had to cross to the other side of the street and people started jaywalking in mass to the east side of Spring.
About an hour later, the sheriff's started to let employees and jurors back in the building. Jurors were told that they were to report back to their respective assignments at 1:30 pm. Consequently, I took an early lunch with Linda, who had taken the Metrolink train up from San Diego.
When testimony resumed in the afternoon, Officer Russ was back under cross by Weinberg. The officer's recollection of events surrounding the 911 call to Pasadena Police on July 3rd, 1993 contradicted Dorothy Melvin's testimony. The incident report Officer Russ wrote that was generated by the 911 call makes no mention that Melvin was physically assaulted by Spector with a handgun, or that she sustained any injuries.
The documented report of the 911 call Stephanie Jennings made from the Carlyle Hotel was presented into evidence by the records custodian, Vickie Daniels-Matthews. The next witness to take the stand was Devra Robataille, the second of five women who will testify to Spector holding them at gunpoint. Devra got to the point in her testimony today where she described the first incident of Spector holding a gun to her head. When asked how that felt, Ms. Robitaille replied, "Cold."
Court will be dark on Monday and Tuesday next week, November 10th and 11th. Testimony will resume on Wednesday, November 12th.
More to come, when I transcribe my detailed notes.