Gateway murder trial

State calls Jimmy Lynn Craven

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[She is the woman who says Fred Cooper asked for the gate code to Cypress Pointe in Gateway in December 2005.]

She was a WCI sales agent for Gateway in December 2005. The office was on Gateway Boulevard. (Gateway sales and information center).

December 23rd – a Friday – she was working at the sales center. They were having a small inter-office party.

On that day, sometime between 9 and 11:30 a.m.,  someone came in to the office wanting a gate code to Cypress Pointe.

Said he was renting a room from someone in Cypress Pointe and needed a gate code for the community. She shook his hand.

She says he was taller than her, had a goatee and a mustache and he was “a good size gentleman”

She didn’t have the code to give him, but wouldn’t have given it to him anyways.

She walked him to the porch and told him goodbye…she walked him outside. He left on a motorcycle.

He had on jeans, tshirt and a jacket. Nothing particular about the jacket. She doesn’t remember the color of the motorcycle.

She identified Fred Cooper as the person who came to her office.

She didn’t give the incident another thought.

Everyone in Gateway was talking about the murders.

There was a time when she thought about the incident again. She and her husband were watching TV and saw Fred Cooper on TV.

She says the hair on the back of my neck stood up and said it was the guy looking for the code to Cypress Pointe.

At work the next day, she told her sales manager about it. He contacted police.

She didn’t contact police because “they had already arrested him” She did end up meeting with Det Ryan.

She was shown a photo lineup (exhibit 77) the detective showed her that day. It is the original.

Defense objected to the photo lineup but the judge overruled.

The lineup was entered into evidence.

She picked someone out of the lineup – and it was Fred Cooper. She says she took her time with the photos.

She wrote “it looks like #3.”

Cross examination by defense

They’re asking how long the man was in the office (5 to ten minutes) and also asked if he walked the man out – she did walk outside the door but didn’t leave the porch.

She doesn’t remember the color of the motorcycle

He’s asking about her statement when she made the ID. The defense is questioning the difference between “similar” and “looks like.” Defense keeps asking her if she said somthing and then showing her th estaement she made and asking about the identification. (she wrote on the paper, it looks like #3 but I can’t be positive)

Defense is asking about her deposition on October 31, 2006.

Prosecution redirect

There is no doubt in her mind the man in the courtroom is the man who came into the sales center.

Defense redirect

You were 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 in your certainty when doing the photo lineup. (yes that’s true)

Witness excused

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Written by Melissa Hudson

October 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Posted in Day 7

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