Bryant, from beginning to end
Monday, June 30• Between 9 and 9:30 p.m.Bryant and his entourage, including off-duty Los Angeles police detective Troy Laster and Bryant’s personal trainer, mistakenly arrive at The Lodge at Vail, in Vail Village, the wrong hotel. Hotel employees say they tried to talk to the group into staying there, but Bryant and the others decide to continue to the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, in Edwards, where they have a reservation. It’s a more private location, about 15 minutes west of Vail in a gated community.• 10:10 p.m., Bryant and his entourage arrive at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera near Edwards. Using the alias “Javier Rodriguez,” Bryant is assigned, Room 35, a first-floor room near the end of a long hall. The rooms for his entourage are on the third floor. Bryant is scheduled for knee surgery the next morning at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail. The Los Angeles Lakers do not know he is in Vail, or that he is having knee surgery. Ironically, Lakers coach Phil Jackson is also in Edwards, staying with friends while on a motorcycle trip.• 10:15 p.m. In keeping with the policy at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera regarding their high profile clients, a front desk worker, who will later accuse Bryant of raping her, leads Bryant and his entourage directly to their rooms. The hotel does not require its high profile clients to stop at the front desk to check in, where they can get bogged down and bothered. Minutes later, that front desk worker returns to the lobby and is back at work. On this slow Monday night, the staff is small. There is only the front desk worker and the bellman on duty. The bellman will bring the bags to their rooms shortly afterward. That’s policy at this hotel.• 10:20 p.m. Bryant returns and mills around the lobby, largely ignored by hotel employees who are accustomed to dealing with high profile people, and who have been trained to respect the privacy of their celebrity guests.Bryant chats briefly with the bellman, a college basketball player, who like the front desk worker is working this summer job to help pay his way through college. The bellman is soon called away to serve other guests. About that time, Bryant asks the front desk worker, a 19-year-old blonde woman, to take him on a tour of the hotel. She agrees, and they set off together. No one else accompanies the two of them on their tour.The tour of the 56-room Lodge and Spa at Cordillera ends at the door of Bryant’s hotel room.She is invited inside, reportedly after Bryant offers her an autographed picture. Once inside, the alleged incident occurs. Bryant, 6-feet 7-inches, 220 pounds, has allegedly blocked the door of his hotel room, demanding that she stay the night and not allowing her to leave. To get out, she tells him she must clock out to end her work day, and that she will return when her shift is over.• Less than 20 minutes after she left with Bryant, she returns to the lobby. She has had to stop and straighten out her clothes. Some witneses say she is visibly shaken, which experts say is in keeping someone who has been through a trauma of this nature. One other witness says she does not appear shaken.• 11:10 p.m. She and the bellman clock out to end their shifts. When they’re outside the hotel, she tells the bellman what happened, making him the primary outcry witness. Although the bellman offers to give her a ride home, she declines. He follows her to her home in a separate vehicle. On her way home, she tries to call her former boyfriend on her cell phone. It is not clear if they speak.• 11:13 p.m. A telephone call is made from Bryant’s room to what is believed to be his Newport Beach, Calif., home, where his wife, Vanessa, and his infant daughter are staying.• 11:50 p.m. The alleged victim and the bellman drive home in separate vehicles. She arrives at her parents’ house in Eagle by 11:50 p.m. A few minutes later, the bellman arrives at his home, where he wakes his father to tell him what happened. His father calls the young woman to advise her not to shower, and to tell her parents what happened.• In the meantime, Bryant returns to the hotel lobby where he chats with other guests and plays chess.Tuesday, July 1• 12:36 a.m. Just past midnight, Bryant orders a pay-per-view movie in his room.• Late Tuesday morning Bryant has knee surgery at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. His appointment is not early. He arrives late. Also in the Steadman Hawkins Clinic that day is author and pop icon Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, who is having back surgery. Thompson is recovering from back surgery and does not know Bryant is there. As fate would have it, Thompson was also in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., the night of the infamous bungled burglary by Republican operatives. Thompson was also under the influence of a general anesthetic that night – he was having drinks in the Watergate Hotel bar with then-speechwriter Patrick Buchanan.• Late morning, the alleged victim tells her mother what happened. Her mother notifies the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office about the incident.• Mid afternoon, Bryant returns to the hotel after knee surgery. He limps through the lobby toward his room. Later, he and his entourage return to the lobby, where they relax and play chess.• Mid-afternoon, three narcotics agents from the High Country Drug Task Force are sent to the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera to keep an eye on Bryant and his entourage. They are not to make contact, and not to stop him if he leaves the hotel.• Mid afternoon, Clear Creek County Judge Russell Granger signs an order that Bryant be detained and questioned about the rape allegations.• 8:50 p.m. A room service order of $39.01 is placed from Bryant’s room.• 11:10 p.m. A room service order for $20.66 is placed from Bryant’s room.• 11:30 p.m. Eagle County sheriff’s investigators arrive at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera to interview Bryant and collect evidence from his room.Wednesday, July 2• After midnight, Bryant is interviewed by Eagle County sheriff’s detectives Doug Winters and Dan Loya. As they are strapping on bulletproof vests and making other preparations, they are surprised when Bryant appears at their vehicles. Bryant and the detectives talk in the parking lot for a few minutes, then go up t his room.• 2:30 a.m. Bryant is transported in a sheriff’s patrol car from the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, 52 miles away. Members of his entourage follow in a taxi. They are nervous and anxious, according to taxi driver Terry O’Brien. One tells O’Brien he had to pick up “a friend” who is having “the worst day of his life.” While they are on their way from Edwards to the hospital in Glenwood Springs, sheriff’s investigators retrieve a hotel printout of Bryant’s room purchases and phone records. They encourage employees not to speak publicly about the incident. Cordillera management quickly establishes a policy that any employee speaking to the press about the incident will be fired.• Sometime after 3 a.m., Bryant provides DNA samples at Valley View Hospital.• 4:15 a.m. Bryant checks in at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, according to desk clerk Heather Williams, 28. One of his bodyguards tells Williams that they need to be discreet, and asks to use a back door so they could get into the hotel without being noticed. Two of the party leave Glenwood Springs to go back to the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera to pick up Bryant’s belongings.• 9:11 a.m. Bryant is billed $50 by the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera for a manicure appointment he fails to keep because he checked out of the hotel early.• 4 p.m. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert and Bryant’s attorneys reach an agreement that no further action will be taken until at least July 7, after the upcoming Independence Day weekend.• 5:30 p.m. Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy is informed about the agreement between the attorneys.• Later, it’s unclear when, Hoy contacts Clear Creek County Judge Russell Granger, asking for an arrest warrant for Kobe Bryant. Granger rules that there is probable cause that sexual assault has been committed, and reasonable grounds that Kobe Bryant committed the offense. The warrant includes one count of sexual assault, a class 3 felony, and one count of false imprisonment.Arrest warrants are normally requested by a district attorney, who will actually have to prosecute the case. Hoy later says he has never before gone around a district attorney and directly to a judge to get an arrest warrant.• 7:15 p.m. Bryant and his entourage leave the Hotel Colorado and fly back to southern California.Thursday, July 3• 12:23 a.m. After flying back to California and arriving home in Newport Beach, Bryant calls 911 for emergency assistance. He hangs up, but the emergency dispatcher calls back. After talking to three people, the dispatcher talks to Bryant, who admits making the call. Police and emergency personnel are sent to the house where they find his wife, Vanessa, on one of the beds. After treating her, they leave. Newport Beach police say there is no sign of crime or violence.• The warrant for Bryant’s arrest is filed with the Eagle County Combined Courts. Bryant’s bail is set for $25,000.Friday, July 4• Sheriff Joe Hoy tells Bryant’s attorneys that the arrest warrant has been issued.• That morning, Bryant’s attorney Pamela Mackey contacts Bryant by phone in California and tells him to come Eagle and turn himself in.• 7:15 p.m. Bryant arrives in Eagle County with his wife, Vanessa, in a private jet. He surrenders at the Eagle County courthouse. Lt. Mike McWilliams of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office signs the arrest warrant.• 8:20 p.m. Because the courts do not accept personal checks or credit cards for posting bail, and because he was arrested on a holiday when the banks are closed, a bail bondsman for Bryant has to be arranged. Richard Jordan posts Bryant’s $25,000 bond. Bryant is processed, fingerprinted and freed after being in custody for 65 minutes. Jordan reportedly has called ahead of time, telling sheriff’s deputies he is at a holiday family barbecue, and asking when he could get a client in and out as quickly and quietly as possible.To that point, sheriff’s investigators have spent 30 hours on the case interviewing Bryant, the alleged victim, several witnesses and collecting physical evidence. Hoy says Bryant was “very cooperative” during the process.• District Attorney Hurlbert is unaware that the sheriff is making an arrest. He later says it is unusual for the sheriff to obtain his own arrest warrant before the District Attorney’s Office moves forward and has had a chance to carefully examine all the evidence. Normally, Hurlbert says, the district attorney would file charges simultaneously with issuing an arrest warrant.Sunday, July 6• That evening, Bryant’s arrest is made public. The media frenzy is immediate and furious. • In a press release, defense attorneys Pamela Mackey and Harold Haddon describe Bryant as distraught, but says she expects Bryant to be exonerated. The strongly worded statement says Hoy acted with bias in his investigation. Mackey and Haddon say they were assured on July 3 by the district attorney’s office that the investigation was ongoing and no action would be taken until Monday, July 7. “We were told the matter was under consideration by the District Attorney’s Office, but that there was insufficient information to issue a warrant or file charges,” they say in their written statement. Mackey and Haddon contend that the district attorney told the sheriff that no action would be taken over the holiday weekend, but that the sheriff sought and obtained an arrest warrant. “This action illustrates the complete bias of the Sheriff’s Office. …” In their statement, Mackey and Haddon assert that at the “completion of any unbiased investigation, Mr. Bryant will be cleared of any criminal misconduct. The actions of the sheriff are biased and unfair.”• Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak says the charges are “completely out of character of the Kobe Bryant we know.”• Hoy refuses to release Bryant’s booking mug shot.Monday, July 7• Authorities confirm that there is physical evidence, and that it has been sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis.• District Attorney Mark Hurlbert receives the police reports.• District Attorney Mark Hurlbert files a motion with Judge Granger to seal the affidavits and other documents. Hurlbert’s motion is in response to media applications to unseal the files.• 3 p.m. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert and Sheriff Joe Hoy hold a press conference in a courtroom to discuss the arrest. Hoy insists that his decision to obtain his own arrest warrant, apart from the district attorney, is a “miscommunication.” He says he was only trying to give everyone the holiday weekend to prepare themselves and their families. He says he is surprised at the attention the case has received.Tuesday, July 8• The Colorado Bureau of Investigation receives the physical evidence. CBI Deputy Director Pete Mang says the agency is examining evidence such as hairs and fibers, and the exchange of body fluids such as blood, semen and saliva. Mang will not say how long the analysis will take.• The district attorney files additional information in support of their motion to seal the documents, informing the court that Bryant’s attorney Pamela Mackey does not object to the documents being sealed.Wednesday, July 9• Eagle County Judge Fred Gannett orders the content of the file in The People vs. Kobe Bean Bryant, case number 03 CR204, sealed.• 1 p.m. Word of the alleged victim’s identity spreads like wildfire through the media that has descended on Eagle. A horde of reporters and television camera crews gathers in the street in front of her home. Police are called to disperse the crowd.• The Vail Daily makes an open records request to acting Eagle Police Chief Sgt. Gary Ward “for any and all dispatch calls” to the alleged victim’s address. The request is denied.Thursday, July 10• Late in the afternoon, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert learns that the alleged victim has overdosed twice in a four-month period, once in late February and once in late May. He also learns that the alleged victim’s best friend died in an automobile accident, just about a day after the second overdose. The alleged victim finds the strength to sing at the friend’s funeral.Friday, July 11• That morning, Hurlbert spends a few hours of what he calls “quality time” with the alleged victim and her family.• Hoy releases Bryant’s booking photo.Saturday, July 12• Bryant discusses the case publicly for the only time, telling the Los Angeles Times, “When everything comes clean, it will all be fine, you’ll see. But you guys know me. I shouldn’t have to say anything. You know I would never do anything like that.”Monday, July 14• The Vail Daily asks the court to release two reports relating to the alleged victim from a month before the incident with Bryant. • Town of Eagle attorney Ed Sands releases a formal response to the Vail Daily regarding the newspaper’s open records request for dispatch calls to the alleged victim’s home. Sands says any information that may reveal the identity of a sexual assault victim is not to be released.• The District Attorney’s Office begins to receive bits of evidence analysis back from the CBI.Wednesday, July 16• In their first public appearance since his arrest, Bryant and wife Vanessa attend ESPN’s ESPY Awards, a made-for-television sports awards show, at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre.• Newsweek’s online edition reports that Bryant’s attorney, Pamela Mackey, almost quits when he ignores her advice and attends the ESPY Awards, three days before charges are to be filed. She has reportedly instructed him to stay away, saying his appearance would seem disrespectful. The attorneys and Bryant’s family reportedly knew charges were imminent. Bryant himself is reportedly “in denial.” Bryant and his wife remain at the awards show until Bryant’s body guards are sent to retrieve him.Thursday, July 17• District Attorney Mark Hurlbert schedules a press conference for 3 p.m. the next day, where he will announce whether he will file criminal charges against Bryant.• 1:30 p.m. Eagle County Court Judge Richard Hart hears arguments regarding non-criminal police visits to the alleged victim’s home. Eagle police report two sealed incidents and three reports, while Vail reports three incidents and also hands the judge tape recordings of the calls. The Vail Daily and other news organizations ask that the records be released. In early September, Judge Hart rules that the reports are to remain sealed.Friday, July 18• Morning. Bryant’s attorneys file a response to the application to unseal the arrest warrant. In it, they again blast the sheriff. “Notwithstanding the order sealing the court file and prior to any criminal charges against Mr. Bryant, law enforcement officers have leaked significant information relating to the investigation.” They site Bryant’s constitutional right to a fair trial, the presumption that the search warrant and affidavits “contain information of a personal sexual nature which may be wholly irrelevant either to the warrant being sought or the guilt or innocence of Mr. Bryant … information irrelevant to or inadmissible in any criminal proceeding …”• 3 p.m. District Attorney Hurlbert walks out of the Eagle County Justice Center and declares, “We have charged Kobe Bean Bryant with sexual assault, a Class 3 felony.” Hurlbert says if Bryant is convicted, he faces between 20 years on probation and life in prison.• 6 p.m. Bryant and his wife appear with attorneys Pamela Mackey and Harold Haddon for a press conference at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. In a tearful statement, Bryant says he’s innocent. In a separate statement, Vanessa says she’ll stand by her man.Tuesday, July 22The alleged victim’s name, address, e-mail address and telephone number are posted on private Web sites, along with pictures of her, as well as pictures of a high school classmate who is incorrectly identified as the alleged victim. By late July, one site claims to be receiving 2 million hits a day. Information about Bryant’s alleged victim is the most sought-after information on the Internet.Thursday, July 24The story breaks that the alleged victim has overdosed on pills twice in four months: once in late February while at college, and again in late May while at her parent’s Eagle County home. In another emotional upheaval during late May, her best friend was killed in an automobile accident. A few days later, the alleged victim sings at her friend’s funeral.Saturday, July 26• Bryant and his wife appear at the made-for-television Teen Choice Awards, where he is named the favorite male athlete. He is presented a multi-colored surfboard. In his acceptance speech he quotes slain civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.Sunday, July 27• John William Roche, 22, of Iowa City, Iowa, telephones the alleged victim’s home and leave a message in which he threatens to “kill” her, and “stick a coat hanger up your (expletive deleted) … ” He is arrested by the FBI without incident at his home in Iowa City, and charged in federal court. It’s a federal crime because he made his death threat across interstate lines. At his arraignment, he pleads not guilty. If convicted, Roche could go to prison for up to five years and be fined up to $250,000.Wednesday, August 6• 4 p.m. Bryant and his attorneys make their first court appearance. Bryant flies into Eagle County reportedly in a private jet owned by Upper Deck trading cards, another of the products he is paid to endorse. They arrive at the Eagle County Justice Center in two sport utility vehicles. Hundreds of people come to Eagle to cheer and jeer Bryant as he enters and exits the courthouse. Bryant and his attorneys ignore them. Hundreds of media show up to cover the story. They ignore the media, too.District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, Special Prosecutor Ingrid Bakke and Deputy District Attorney Gregg Crittenden enter the courtroom and take their place at the prosecution’s table. They speak to no one, facing the front of the courtroom.When the prosecutors are seated, Bryant and his attorneys stride through Eagle County’s only metal detector, into the Eagle County Justice Center and enter Courtroom 1, where Bryant is to be advised of his rights and the charges against him. They, too, speak to no one, not even each other, and walk in single file: Pamela Mackey in the lead, Bryant in the middle and Haddon in the rear. Everyone in the courtroom rises with Judge Gannett enters. When they are seated, Judge Gannett addresses Bryant. He, Mackey and Haddon rise. Mackey places her hand gently on the middle of Bryant’s back, leading him to the lectern in the middle of the courtroom. On the advice of his attorneys, Bryant waives the right to the reading of his rights and the charges he faces. When he is asked by Judge Fred Gannett if he has any objections to waiving that right, he answers, “No sir,” his only public statement that day.The whole proceeding takes seven minutes. Eagle County spends $7,000 to accommodate this day’s media circus – $1,000 a minute – mostly on a huge tent to give print and radio reporters somewhere to work.Tuesday, August 12• The Talmey/Drake research firm in Boulder is surveying potential jurors in Eagle County. Among those targeted by the telephone survey is a Vail Daily reporter, who says the researcher is obviously trying to get people to declare some sort of bias in the Bryant case.• During the dead of night, the National Alliance, a West Virginia-based white supremacist organization, drops more than 2,000 fliers in Eagle County. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office becomes aware of it because one is mistakenly left on the windshield of an unmarked Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle.Thursday, August 14• Someone breaks in to the alleged victim’s home, locking one of their two dogs in a bathroom. While nothing is stolen, a few things are moved, making it obvious someone has been there.Wednesday, August 20• Eagle County Court Judge Fred Gannett rules that most of the information in the criminal investigation file will remain sealed from public view.Early September• Bryant’s defense attorneys subpoena the alleged victim, asking the judge to force her to testify at the preliminary hearing.Tuesday, Sept. 9• District Attorney Mark Hurlbert asks the court to reject the defense request, and spare the alleged victim from testifying at the preliminary hearing. In his motion, Hurlbert says that at the preliminary hearing he plans to play a videotaped statement by the alleged victim, an electronically enhanced interview with Bryant, photographs of the alleged victim’s injuries. He plans to put Eagle County Sheriff’s Detective Doug Winters on the stand, the lead detective in the case. He says Winters will be available for defense attorneys to cross examine.Oct. 9• Bryant’s preliminary hearing finally arrives. Bryant and his attorneys hear the case against him, laid out by District Attorney Mark Hurlbert. In a videotaped statement, the alleged victim tearfully tells what happened to her. Detective Doug Winters methodically lays out the physical evidence. He explains why he thinks the bruises on the alleged victim’s body, her demeanor following the incident, the medical evidence and the other physical evidence all point to a rape, and to Bryant having committed it. He also testifies regarding statements from Valerie Sievers, the Colorado coordinator of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, a statewide program that regulates the way rape kits are handled and how evidence is collected.Mackey’s cross examination strikes like a stiletto at the heart of the prosecution’s strategy. Among her questions to Winters: While examining the photographs, “Where’s the vagina?” and “Could her injuries have been caused by having sex with three men in three days?” Afterward, no one talks about the evidence. It is the case’s watershed moment.Oct. 20• Eagle County Judge Fred Gannett rules Bryant must stand trial. He sends the case to District Court for trial, while commenting on how little evidence the prosecution has provided.Thursday, Nov. 13• Bryant makes his first appearance before Ruckriegle.Friday, Jan. 23• Roche pleads guilty to making telephone threats against Bryant’s alleged victim. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Thursday Feb. 26• Cedric Augustine, 37, of Long Beach, Calif., is accused of making profanity-laced death threats against Bryant’s alleged victim and the prosecutor. Aufgustine claims he is connected to the Mexican Mafia, threatens to blow up the Eagle County courthouse and kill everyone inside.Monday, Tuesday March 1-2• Bryant appears for a pretrial hearing. Defense attorneys assert for the first time his alleged victim had sex with someone else less than 15 hours after the incident with Bryant. She and her attorney say it’s not true.Wednesday, March 24• Bryant’s alleged victim faces Bryant for the first time since the incident. She testifies most of the morning behind closed doors.Thursday, March 25• Bryant’s alleged victim’s attorney asks the judge to set a trial date. In an accompanying letter, her mother says she fears for her daughter’s safety because of death threats, and that her daughter’s life has been total chaos.Tuesday, May 11• Bryant pleads not guilty to the charge against him.Friday, June 25• Judge Ruckriegle selects Friday, Aug. 27 as the date the trial will begin. Opening statements are scheduled for Sept. 7.• District court employee mistakenly mails transcripts from private hearing primarily on DNA evidence to seven media organizations, prompting Judge to order those organizations not to print the contents.Wednesday, July 14• Judge rules that Bryant’s statements to investigators and evidence including his T-shirt with flecks of blood from the alleged victim on it can be used in the trial. Friday, July 23• Evidence of the alleged victim’s possible sexual activities in the 72 hours before her rape exam is admissable at trial, judge rules.Friday, Aug. 2• Under pressure from the U.S. Supreme Court, judge edits the mistakenly re-mailed transcripts and releases them to the public. Early August• The largest jury pool in Eagle County history is summoned, 999 people. Tuesday, Aug. 10• Alleged victim’s private attorneys file a lawsuit in federal court in Denver against Kobe Bryant and seeking unspecified damages iin excess of $75,000.Wednesday, Aug. 11• Father of alleged victim writes scathing letter to judge critical of repeat leaks of his daughter’s name and personal information, and criticizes the judge’s handling of the case.Friday, Aug. 13• Alleged victim’s records and evidence of mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse are ruled not admissable by the judge.Monday, Aug. 26• The state Supreme Court upholds the trial judger’s ruling to admit evidence of sexual activity in the 72-hour period before the alleged victim’s rape exam.Thursday, Aug. 26• Prosecutors ask that the trial date be set back. They say they need more time, and accuse the defense of tampering with one of the DNA samples. Judge Ruckriegle rejects the prosecution’s request.Friday, Aug. 27• Jury selection begins. Exactly 300 people fill out the 82-item questionnaire. Attorneys and the judge spend the weekend weeding out those prospective jurors easily rejected. By Monday, 205 had made the cut. When the second round of questioning is done at noon Wednesday, 174 Eagle County residents are ready for more inquiry as they close in on the jur of 12 members and two alternates.• Someone leaks a copy of the jury questionnaire, which has the victim’s name listed, to a CBS network television reporter.Sept. 1• After the final round of jury questioning end at noon, defense attorneys huddle with the alleged victim’s attorneys. By the middle of the afternoon, attorneys for both sides are back in the courtroom for a closed-door session. At 5:45 p.m., Judge Ruckriegle calls the public into Courtroom Two, where he grants a prosecution motion to dismiss the charges against Bryant. Hurlbert tells the judge that the alleged victim told prosecutors she is unable to go forward. The civil case in federal court will continue.