Cops circulating crime scene images is not distinctive to the Kobe Bryant crash — it has been taking place because the O.J. Simpson homicide case — with an ex-LAPD officer testifying he noticed a polaroid of Nicole Brown Simpson‘s useless physique.
Former Los Angeles Police Division officer Adam Bercovici, an skilled witness employed by Vanessa Bryant‘s authorized group, testified he and different cops at his station noticed a close-up of Nicole’s physique following her June 1994 homicide.
The previous police officer testified illicit images of human stays — so-called “demise books” — are frequent amongst regulation enforcement … and never one thing distinctive to the Kobe crash.
Bercovici testified there have been no authentic causes for the deputies to take pictures of the stays.
Regardless of this being a difficulty that is painful for the household and mates of the deceased, Bercovici says not practically sufficient has been executed to finish the follow.
Luella Weireter, spouse of an LAFD fireplace captain additionally took the stand, testifying she witnessed a gaggle, together with one other fireplace captain, view the images at an area awards present about three weeks after the deadly crash.
Weireter, who says she didn’t have a look at the images, overheard one other lady say “I am unable to imagine I simply checked out Kobe’s burnt-up physique and now I am about to eat.”
It is simply one of many ghastly and grotesque moments from the trial … which began earlier this week, and has been very emotional for Vanessa and her household.
Bryant sobbed in courtroom Thursday throughout opening statements, when her lawyer advised the 10-person jury that 8 L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies snapped pics of Kobe and Gigi‘s our bodies on the helicopter crash scene for nothing private use.
Vanessa’s lawyer says she lives “in concern, nervousness and terror” that the pics will sometime be launched … saying she can be eternally haunted by the deputies’ actions.
Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, who was Kobe’s agent, took the stand Thursday and was barely in a position to communicate when speaking about his shut relationship with KB.
On Thursday, the jury heard from a bartender in L.A. … who testified a deputy confirmed him crash scene images at his bar. Bryant’s lawyer confirmed display screen grabs from surveillance video that appeared to point out the bartender laughing after seeing the grisly images.
In her lawsuit, Vanessa claims the deputies’ conduct brought on her extreme emotional misery, saying the images have been an invasion of privateness. Attorneys for L.A. County say Vanessa’s emotional misery is a results of the deadly crash, not the images.
The trial is anticipated to undergo subsequent week.