The wife and father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be required to testify in a federal lawsuit related to the murder of an exotic dancer, The Detroit News reported, after a federal judge on March 23 refused to quash subpoenas for the two.
According to the paper, Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen ruled that Carlita Kilpatrick and Bernard Kilpatrick can be questioned under oath by an attorney for the family of Tamara “Strawberry” Greene. Former Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver is likely to be called on for testimony as well.
Greene was linked to a rumored stripper party at the mayor’s Manoogian Mansion in late 2002, and was shot to death in Detroit on April 30, 2003. Her murder remains unsolved.
Greene’s family is reportedly suing Kilpatrick and key city officials, alleging they obstructed the investigation of Greene’s death for political reasons. Kilpatrick and the other defendants deny the allegations.
The subpoena for Kilpatrick’s wife stems from a part of the rumor, repeated in court records filed in the case, that she assaulted Greene at the party.
Also, The Detroit Free Press reported that at least nine businesspeople have testified to a grand jury or told federal investigators in interviews that they paid Bernard Kilpatrick, who ran a consulting firm called Maestro Associates, tens of thousands of dollars to try to get contracts from the city at the time it was run by his son.
FBI agents believe the payments to Bernard Kilpatrick were made not for his services as a consultant, but for access to the mayor, according to the Free Press.
Meanwhile, Kilpatrick himself returned to court on March 24 for a probation violation hearing, during which his attorney attempted to explain why his client failed to pay a $79,000 restitution payment.
The money was part of a $1 million reimbursement the former mayor was required to make to Detroit following Kilpatrick’s conviction last year on perjury charges. The disgraced politician has about four years to pay the restitution in full.
Kilpatrick took office in 2002 and was forced to resign in September 2008 after pleading guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice. After a four-month prison sentence, he relocated to Dallas, Texas, where he works as a consultant to a computer company.
Earlier this year, Kilpatrick, 39, was ordered to pay $319,000 to the court within three months. In handing down the order, the ruling judge called Kilpatrick a liar, saying that Kilpatrick’s attempt to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets from the court was “reprehensible.”