There were several hundred pages of documents, almost none of which I had ever seen. I went to Don’s office and reviewed them. One thing that jumped out was a statement taken from Mechal Fuoco back in 2004:
Imagine that. It was taken, and physically written out, by Dana Carson. I knew from early on that this statement existed, but I didn’t know who had taken it. In fact, I had specifically asked Moran for this statement in October of 2004, before we had even testified before the Grand Jury (review this post here), but he had refused to provide it to me.
I found out from Fuoco herself, right before I withdrew in Livingston County Court, however, that Dana Carson has physically written the statement out.
So for the first time I saw what Dana Carson’s handwriting looked like.
Note how peculiar it is, small printing with odd capitalizations. Note that the statement is finished with a large “X” across the page. None of the other statements were like that. This is how Dana Carson writes out a statement for a witness or suspect and it’s peculiar to him.
Then came this:
This, ladies and gentlemen, is fabricated evidence. And it is fabricated evidence precisely to implicate Sephora as “the driver” for the crime.
And it was quite obviously taken by Dana Carson, although he didn’t sign this one, which of course only makes matters worse because it indicates that he himself knew he was fabricating evidence and may have felt guilty about it. Which in turn implies that maybe he was being directed to come up with some fabricated witness statements from people who could be successfully pressured to commit perjury at trial.
And – and this is critical – it also shows that at least Dana Carson knew that Sephora wasn’t driving the car, otherwise why fabricate a witness statement to say that she was?
But then how would he know she wasn’t driving? He wasn’t there.
Recall, though, that Carson was the officer who “cracked” the case and introduced everyone to Eric Harder. Carson had access to Harder first, before anyone else.
Thus it must have been Harder who had told him that Sephora was passed out and not driving the car, and Carson persuaded him to say that she was awake and driving. In other words, Carson suborned perjury. And so did anyone who knew what he was doing, then or subsequently.
The first question to investigate as a result of getting this statement was, who the hell is Ashley Baker?
Sephora’s sister had previously mentioned to me that she vaguely knew Dana Carson’s girlfriend, who I seemed to recall was named Baker. At first I thought how stupid would that be, to use your own girlfriend to fabricate evidence?
Turned out Dana Carson’s girlfriend’s name was Leslie Baker, not Ashley, and there was no relation between the two. I usually figure there are no coincidences, but this apparently was one.
It took about a week of digging around to confirm all that. In the meantime something else occurred to me. Ashley Baker’s statement refers to a conversation between Shaun Theriault and her boyfriend, Todd Gaddy, taking place in Mark’s Pizzeria in Mount Morris, during which she supposedly overhears Shaun say: “Sephora was the driver.”
I wondered whether there was also a statement from Todd Gaddy.