According to the sworn deposition of former sergeant and Williamson County Sheriff's Office special investigator Don Wood, reports the blog Wilco Watchdog, "There were two meetings convened by District Attorney John Bradley in October of 2011, during the time when Morton was being released from prison, apparently for the purpose of figuring out what happened regarding the evidence in preparation for any subsequent investigation. Wood attended both meetings, and John Bradley, Ken Anderson, and Mike Davis' attorney were present at the second meeting." Questions the Watchdog:
With impending depositions looming for Wood, Davis and Anderson, why would John Bradley call a meeting to get all the key players together around a table covered with documents if not to try to “refresh” everyone's memories around a common theme? And who really called the meeting? Did Bradley call it at the behest of Anderson or Davis? And if Bradley truly was “investigating” the matter as he publicly proclaimed, why would he do it in such a way that he met with everybody at the same time in order to resolve conflicts in their memories? Why not interrogate people individually in order to ferret out inconsistencies and get to the real truth, the way a true and objective investigator would do it? ...
The Rosetta Stone which unlocks the real purpose within that second meeting involving Bradley, Wood, Anderson, Jernigan and Davis' attorney is really nothing more than common sense. Why coordinate stories in a round-table discussion which was anything other than a real investigation? If it wasn't an investigation, was it simply a document-organizing and coaching session? The onus now falls squarely on Bradley to explain why he handled his “investigation” in this venue of communal cooperation and memory restoration.Those are the exact the right questions to be asking. The meetings sound a lot more like CYA sessions than part of any "investigation." The Watchdog culled additional evidence from Wood's deposition indicating that prosecutors manipulated their trial strategy to avoid having to disclose exculpatory evidence in Wood's files:
The more serious issue to be addressed regarding this second meeting involves the known certainty that oncoming depositions would occur, and whether or not this synchronization of memories amounted to witness tampering.
Wood says he didn't find out he wasn't going to testify at the trial until two hours before it was scheduled to start and that Sheriff Jim Boutwell was to testify in his place. Wood said he reviewed with Boutwell all the evidence he had provided in the case. In the deposition, a major point is made regarding the fact that if Woods had testified, all of the documents he had generated would have to be turned over to the defense.Extraordinary. To be clear, Wood himself didn't say he didn't testify to avoid turning over his notes. Skimming his testimony, Wood, who is 72, claimed to remember virtually nothing about the case, nor the two meetings with the DA's office last month. Frankly I'm amazed Wood could remember his route home from the deposition if his memory is really as bad as he portrayed. But that's unsurprising given the prep meetings with the DA's office. Unless you're willing to divulge overt misconduct in the case, "I don't remember" is about the only safe answer to many of the questions being asked. I bet Judge Anderson's and Mr. Davis' memories turn out to be similarly impaired.
Three key pieces of evidence—the transcript of the recording about three-year-old Eric Morton's witness account of the murder, the message about the use of Christine Morton's credit card for a $1,000 purchase in San Antonio after her death, and the report of the green van parked behind the murder scene—were known to Wood, who says that the documentation regarding all of those items would have been entered into the case file in the records of the sheriff's department.
- See Wilco Watchdog's detailed explication of Wood and Bayardo's depositions.
- See Don Wood deposition by clicking here.
- See Dr. Bayardo sworn statement by clicking here.
- (UPDATE) More from Wilco Watchdog: And nothing but the truth? The John Bradley Revelation