Thursday, October 8, 2015
Yesterday, I posted an entry about a document in the defense files in which a clerk or associate was alerting Cristina Gutierrez ("Tina") to the existence of Jay's third statement to detectives on April 13, 1999, right after Adnan was indicted by the grand jury. That document referenced an attachment, making me think that there might be a transcription of Jay's interview or at least notes of what he said. With an assist from Susan Simpson, I now think I have a better understanding of what was going on.
This is what the clerk or associate might have been referencing.
If this Progress Report is accurate, it changes the timeline a bit. It would mean that Jay was actually interviewed just before ASA Vickie Wash finished presenting her case to the grand jury, resulting in Adnan being indicted. The document I referenced in yesterday's post was found among Gutierrez's trial notes, which means that it was likely given to her between Adnan's first and second trials or at Adnan's second trial, when Gutierrez was cross-examining Jay.
The Progress Report confirms the importance of Jay's third official interview: It was "productive in addressing and clarifying discrepancies provided by Wilds in previous interviews." It also was apparently the impetus for Wash presenting her final arguments to the grand jury and securing an indictment, even though Jay was never called as a witness before the grand jury.
In the document from yesterday's post, you can see the wheels turning in the head of the associate or clerk. (S)he is telling Gutierrez that this third interview means that the defense should have access to everything from the grand jury proceedings. After all, if Jay's third interview was the impetus for the indictment, the defense should be able to know what was presented to the grand jury.
I can't tell, however, whether Gutierrez acted on this intel; it certainly doesn't appear that she ever successfully got access to these materials because evidence such as Jenn's grand jury testimony is nowhere to be found. Also nowhere to be found is anything in the way of notes or a transcription of Jay's third interview. Hopefully, at some point, we will know what was said, both by Jay and the detectives.