Spector’s driver questioned over incriminating statement

first_img“With regards to the defendant stepping out on the porch and saying, `I think I killed somebody,’ is that clear in your mind?” Jackson said. “Oh, yes,” De Souza responded. Jackson stood about seven feet from where De Souza was sitting on the stand, showing jurors how far De Souza was standing from Spector when Spector allegedly made the self-incriminating statement. Defense attorney Bradley Brunon also described what could be perceived as benefits offered by the prosecution in return for De Souza being its witness. He showed a letter dated Dec. 22, 2003, from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office to U.S. immigration officials, asking them to defer De Souza’s deportation. De Souza was apparently in violation of the terms of his visa. The letter stated De Souza was a “material witness” for the Spector case and also asked that his mother and sister be allowed into the United States, a request De Souza admitted that he made through his attorney to the DA’s office. “Did you feel grateful for that?” Brunon asked about the advantages the prosecution provided De Souza. “No,” he replied. “Did you appreciate that?” Brunon said. “Yes, I appreciated it,” De Souza replied. “Don’t you think that’s a favor?” Brunon asked. “No,” De Souza said, noting his mother was never able to come to the United States. On Monday De Souza also denied accusations he was motivated by the prosecution to alter statements from the time he was interviewed by police shortly after the death to his testimony last week in court. Last week, De Souza indicated Spector sounded and appeared drunk on the the night of Clark’s death. But when asked by police after the shooting, his replies indicated he did not see evidence that Spector was intoxicated. “Was that motivated by a desire to help the prosecution?” Brunon said. “No, sir,” De Souza replied. “I’m here because it’s the right thing to do.” “But you’ll accept whatever help you can get while doing the right thing?” Brunon countered. “No,” De Souza replied. At the end of the afternoon session, the prosecution began to play a 90-minute videotape of L.A. County sheriff’s detectives interviewing De Souza at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003. In the interview, De Souza was repeatedly asked by detectives what words Spector said when he emerged from his home that morning. He quoted Spector as saying, “I think I killed somebody,” several times throughout the session, although he once quoted Spector as saying, “I think I shot somebody.” Testimony will continue at 9:30 a.m. today. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – The substitute driver for record producer Phil Spector held steadfast under cross-examination Monday, claiming he was certain he heard Spector say the words: “I think I killed somebody,” after he emerged from a door of Spector’s Alhambra mansion with a gun in his hand around 5 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003. But Adriano De Souza, a Brazilian who was in the United States on a student visa at the time of the alleged murder, also admitted he told police hours after the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, that he wasn’t sure exactly what words Spector had used. De Souza, who acted as chauffeur for Spector when his regular driver was unavailable, had been in the United States, studying English for four years at the time of the incident. Defense attorneys have contended he did not have a clear grasp of the English language. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson worked to clear up any confusion about whether De Souza is now sure of what he heard Spector say that morning. last_img

Mourinho expecting no deadline day deals

first_img0Shares0000No deal: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t expect to add to his squad on Thursday © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not expect to add to his squad before the transfer window for Premier League clubs closes later on Thursday 7pm (1600GMT).Mourinho has repeatedly complained about United’s lack of transfer activity in pre-season and warned earlier this week that the Red Devils face a “difficult season” if his squad wasn’t strengthened before the new campaign. “The information I have is no,” said Mourinho when asked if he expected any signings or departures from Old Trafford on deadline day.“I’m not confident, I’m not confident and the market closes today so it is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.”United open the Premier League season against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday and Mourinho’s squad is also depleted by injuries and the tight turnaround from the World Cup.Goalkeeper Sergio Romero, defenders Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo and midfielders Nemanja Matic and Andre Herrera are all absent through injury for Friday.Meanwhile, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini are doubts after only returning to pre-season training on Monday following their participation in the latter stages of the World Cup.“They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs,” added Mourinho.“The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players — because everybody is different physically and mentally — and see how they feel they are.”United finished a distant 19 points behind local rivals Manchester City despite finishing second in the Premier League last season.Mourinho’s defensive style of play was also criticised in comparison to the exciting brand of football imposed by Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino on top four rivals City, Liverpool and Tottenham.But Mourinho rounded on unfavourable comparisons between his side and Liverpool and Spurs, who also finished the season trophyless and below United in the table last season.“It is difficult for me to believe we finished second, when I listen, when I read, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners,” he said.“It is difficult for me to understand we finished second…I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling that second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more