DIRECT EXAMINATION OF VELVIE PROFFITT CONTINUES
Q. Okay. And did you lie?
A. Yes, I did.
Q. What did you tell the 9 – 1 – 1 operator?
A. I told the 9 – 1 – 1 operator in these exact words that Mr. Worrell committed suicide.
Q. Okay. That was just —
A. I Iied.
Q. A lie with a capital “L”.
Q. Why did you tell that kind of lie?
A. Because I was so scared that I did not know what to say, but all I knew that — was what needed to happen was an ambulance to get there.
Q. Okay. At some point shortly thereafter did rescue people and the police arrive?
Q. Okay. And at some point, did you talk to a police officer about what happened?
Q. Okay. And what did you tell them?
A. I continued to try to lie.
Q. Told the same story all over again? That —
A. And either that or how I changed my story because — Either that — He was just defending himself, I couldn’t — I couldn’t sit there and actually admit that, you know, that what I had just seen, really happened.
Q. So you told the police officer that Mr. Worrell, Michael basically stabbed himself in the chest.
Q. Okay. Now, that was one of the uniform officers that was, you know, first arrived on the scene?
Q. Okay. Later on, you were actually interviewed by the police again, by, I believe, Detective Walters, correct?
Q. Okay. And you were interviewed several times over — over seventy-two (72) hours or so?
Q. Okay. And those interviews were recorded. Tape recorded? Correct?
Q. Okay. And the first time that you talked to Detective Walters, you lied again?
Q. And told him the same story?
A. Yes, I did.
Q. Michael tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself in the heart?
Q. Okay. Now, let me ask you just a couple more questions about you all’s apartment. There’s only — You have a front door.
A. Yes, I do.
Q. Okay. You have sliding glass door on the back?
Q. What’s on the other side of those sliding glass doors?
A. A deck.
Q. Excuse me.
A. A patio deck.
Q. And is that on the ground or is that above ground?
A. Above ground.
Q. How far above ground is it?
A. Maybe ten (10) to fifteen (15) feet.
Q. How much?
A. Ten (10) to fifteen (15) feet.
Q. Okay. So, for someone to escape out the sliding glass doors, they’d have to jump?
Q. Okay. And was there any way out of the kitchen?
Q. So, I mean if someone is back in the kitchen and someone is standing at the door, is there any way out?
MR. INGE: Okay. Answer any questions the Court or the Commonwealth may have please.
THE COURT: Go ahead.
Next in the series: The testimony of Velvie Proffitt – Part 11.
SEE ALSO CASE NO. 7:16cv00171 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT @ http://vawd.uscourts.gov
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