Silent Witness

The bombshell never exploded in the state's most-watched murder trial

Case in point was the Motorola employee said to have passed along the Canadian sleepwalker case information. Had she actually been at that luncheon meeting?

"I don't think so," Keadle admitted.
In fact, Keadle hadn't talked to anyone who had heard Falater discuss a Canadian sleepwalking case. It was all innuendo and, Keadle admitted, his own belief that there were people out there who knew the real story.

"Did you go to the prosecutor and tell him that Megan ought to get an Oscar for her performance in the courtroom?" Kimerer concluded his questioning.

"Yes, I did," Keadle said.
As for the defense team telling Keadle to stonewall prosecutor Martinez:
"The defense attorney [Lori Voepel] told me I needed to be truthful, but that I also needed to be very careful to not voluntarily commit any information beyond the scope of the questions."

That was quite different from the way the prosecutor first had framed it.
"Let me get something straight," an obviously irate Reinstein told the witness. "You changed your testimony. . . . Supplemented it, altered it, whatever you want to call it."

"I don't know that I changed my testimony," Keadle countered.
"I thought I'd seen everything [in 25 years as an attorney]," the judge concluded. "I've never seen anything like this before. I almost feel I'm in the National Enquirer or the Star or the Globe or something like that. . . . There's hearsay and there's hearsay--but here there's hearsay upon hearsay. That doesn't work in this court, and it doesn't work in any court that I know of."

Martinez told Reinstein (and then the media, in an impromptu press conference after court) that he'd be calling Motorola employee Debbie James during his rebuttal case to corroborate Keadle's account that Falater had talked about the Canadian case. Martinez said he'd gotten James' name from Keadle.

On June 11, Falater's defense attorneys met with Debbie James. She told them in the tape-recorded interview that she had spoken with another Motorola colleague about the Falater case "approximately one week within the murder."

It was in that conversation that the Canadian case had come up.
"One week?" Kimerer repeated.
"After," James said.
"After the murder?"
"Correct."
End game.

James' admission ended any chance that prosecutors would prove that Falater had ever blabbed about sleepwalking before he killed Yarmila.

A postscript:
Randy Keadle sat after he testified the second time behind the prosecutor, about 10 feet from Falater. During a pause, the pair made eye contact.

"You're still my pal," Falater whispered at Keadle, who grimaced briefly and looked away.

Was Scott Falater dreaming of playing the video game Duke Nukem when he murdered his wife? His friend and former co-worker Mark Rohrbaugh thinks so. And he's created a Web site to prove it. Read the online exclusive by James Hibberd, entitled "Who Wants Some?"

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