Bellman in Bryant case asked for DNA sample
The bellman – known legally as the “outcry witness in the Kobe Bryant rape case – has said he will voluntarily cooperate with a defense request for a DNA sample.That bellman, Bob Pietrack, says he has nothing to hide.In a request filed under seal, Bryant’s defense attorneys asked Pietrack and at least one other male to submit DNA samples for analysis, sources said. But prosecutors have protested the defense request, sources said.State District Judge Terry Ruckriegle, who’s hearing the case, has not yet ruled on the request.Pietrack said he’s willing to follow through and will voluntarily provide the DNA sample, regardless of the judge’s decision. He said he has informed both the prosecution and the defense of his decision, and that he has nothing to hide.Pietrack was working at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera during his summer break from college last summer. He was on duty the night of June 30 last year, when Bryant allegedly raped a 19-year-old Eagle woman.
Following the incident, which allegedly occurred around 10:30 p.m. in Bryant’s hotel suite – Room 35 – the woman returned to the hotel lobby. After wrapping up a few bookkeeping duties, her work shift was over and she walked into the parking lot with Pietrack. When they were outside, Pietrack became the first person to whom she told her version of the incident, making him the “outcry” witness.Ironically, Pietrack was not supposed to be working that night. He had been enrolled in a class Monday nights through Colorado Mountain College that he had been told would apply toward his college degree. When he learned otherwise, he dropped the class.That was the first Monday he had reported for work at the hotel through most of the summer.Bryant, meanwhile, will be back in court today in Eagle for another round of pre-trial hearings. The hearings begin at 8:30 a.m. Most of today’s session will be open to the public, and public passes will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m.Among other matters, a date may be set for Bryant’s trial to begin. Bryant pleaded not guilty earlier this month to one count of felony sexual assault. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to life in prison.==========================================Today’s hearing• Oral arguments over a defense request to allow a crime scene expert who testified during the O.J. Simpson murder trial.• Oral arguments over a defense motion to exclude prosecution rebuttal witnesses.• Resolve any issues over a jury questionnaire.• Oral arguments over a defense motion for the release of AT&T text records.
• Oral arguments over a defense motion for discovery of genetic profile.• Scheduling for June 21-25 hearings.• Closed hearing for arguments over defense request for information about victims assistance payments to medical facilities for treatment of the alleged victim.==========================================COPY