Bellman in Bryant case subpoenaed
So he was a little surprised when a pleasant-looking woman approached him while he and his Fort Lewis teammates were warming up before a game against CU-Colorado Springs. She handed him a couple sheets of paper and walked away.
The woman was an investigator for Kobe Bryant’s legal defense team, Pamela Mackey and Harold Haddon. And the paper was a subpoena demanding that he testify during an upcoming hearing in Bryant’s rape case.
Pietrack looked at the paper and remarked to the investigator, “This is kind of tacky, isn’t it?”
Pietrack, an Eagle resident and Eagle Valley High School graduate, was working at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera the night of June 30, the night Bryant allegedly raped a 19-year-old Eagle woman who was employed there for the summer as a desk clerk.
After the woman left Bryant’s suite, Room 35, she sat down at her desk, closed out the evening’s books and walked outside a few minutes later when her shift ended, around 11 p.m. When they walked outside, the young woman told Pietrack what had happened to her – making Pietrack the “outcry” witness, the closest thing either side has to an eyewitness to the incident and, besides Bryant and the alleged victim, the most important witness in the case.
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Pietrack is likely to testify at the next pretrial court hearing on Tuesday, March 2. Since June 30, he has declined all offers to speak publicly about the case, other than issuing the this written statement: “I believe I have a civil duty to be honest and out of fairness to everyone involved, refrain from commenting on any knowledge I have about this situation. Therefore, I ask everyone to please respect this decision and my family’s privacy. Thank you.”
Pietrack, by the way, nailed a three-pointer and hauled down a couple rebounds as Fort Lewis defeated CU-Colorado Springs 86-62.
While they aren’t exactly on each other’s Christmas card list, Pietrack and the investigator had met at least once before.
The Bryant story broke on Sunday, July 6. The first reporter showed up at Pietrack’s door at 8 a.m. Monday, July 7. The investigator who served Pietrack with his subpoena had rung his doorbell at 7:50 a.m. Monday, July 7.
Pietrack will likely be called to testify on the second day of the next round of motions hearings, when attorneys and District Judge Terry Ruckriegle are scheduled to deal with defense motions to throw out the rape shield law. On Monday, March 1, they’ll continue to deal with defense motions to suppress evidence collected by Eagle County sheriff’s investigators and requests for the defense to obtain Bryant’s alleged victim’s medical records.
Last Friday was the last day to issue subpoenas for the March 1-2 hearings.
District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Krista Flannigan said she could not comment because subpoenas in this case are filed under seal, secret from public view.
Bryant is charged with one count of felony sexual assault. If convicted, he could be sentenced up to life in prison.