Forensics expert Henry Lee becomes involved in Kobe Bryant case
EAGLE – A forensic scientist who worked on the O.J. Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey cases said Monday he has spoken with authorities who are prosecuting NBA star Kobe Bryant on a rape charge.
Henry Lee said he spent Friday night and Saturday morning in Eagle County, meeting with prosecutors and examining evidence in the case against Bryant. The meeting was first reported in The Denver Post.
Lee said he could not discuss specifics of the case, and prosecution spokeswoman Krista Flannigan declined to discuss his involvement.
Bryant, a 25-year-old guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman June 30 at a lodge in Edwards, where she was an employee and he was a guest. He says the sex was consensual.
He faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation if convicted of felony sexual assault.
Lee said he had spoken with prosecutors by telephone about the Bryant case several times previously in general discussions of evidence. He said so far, he has contributed his time on the case, but was not sure how much work he would do.
Lee, chief emeritus of the Connecticut state police laboratory, testified in the Simpson and William Kennedy Smith trials and advised police trying to find JonBenet’s killer. He also spoke on developments in forensic science and his life experiences in Denver on Saturday.