People lie but evidence doesn’t lie

During the preliminary hearing Angesom, Merhawi, and Yehferom deliberately lied about what occurred in their apartment to hide their crime. Knowing that Regbe was the one who opened the door for me and Tewodros was inside the living room sitting on a chair when I entered their apartment, they testified that Tewodros opened the door for me and left with Isaac before I entered their Apartment. They also testified that Tewodros was talking on his cell phone while he was opening the door for me and leaving with Isaac. Click here 1 , 2 , 3.

Based on Angesom, Merhawi, and Yehferom’s false statements the prosecution argued in the court stating, "If there was not an illegal purpose or an illegal intent, why take Isaac before the gunshots were fired? Why take the child out of that apartment before Asmerom comes in with the gun to fulfill his intent to massacre that entire family? If Tewodros took Isaac before the shots were fired, what other purpose could there be for him to take that child?"

It’s obvious that the prosecution based its case on unreliable witnesses – Angesom, Merhawi, and Yehferom – who would say anything to hide their crime. As the saying goes, lies will get you caught, their own statements to the investigators is a key evidence that showed what they testified in court was a deliberate lie.

On November 23, 2006, the day of the shooting, Merhawi told the investigators that Tewodros took Isaac out of the apartment after the first shot was fired, consistent with what Tewodros told the investigators in his interview. Tewodros told the investigators that he was inside the living room sitting on a chair when the shooting was started. He also told them that he left in a panic with Isaac after the first shot was fired. Both Tewodros’ statement and Merhawi’s statement to the investigators established that Tewodros took Isaac out of the apartment after the first shot was fired.

Merhawi also told the investigators that they could find Tewodros’ phone in the apartment, stating, "I have in the house his phone" when they were questioning him about whether he knew Tewodros’ cell phone number. The only way Merhawi could tell that to the investigators is if he was lying about seeing Tewodros leave the apartment with the cell phone and he knew that the cell phone was on the living room rug near the chair where Tewodros was sitting and playing with Isaac.Click here.

The police found Tewodros’ cell phone on the living room rug. It was found exactly where the area Tewodros and Isaac were playing. And that was far from the door. The phone never went to the door at all; it was dropped on the living room rug when Tewodros was leaving in a panic with Isaac after the first shot was fired.

Merhawi’s statement to the investigators that Tewodros left with Isaac after the first shot can in no way be a mistake or in no way have been said out of confusion because Tewodros also told the investigators that he left with Isaac after the first shot. Both Merhawi and Tewodros said the same thing to the investigators because that was indeed what occurred in the apartment that day.

Merhawi’s statement to the investigators is a key evidence that shows Tewodros never went to the door before I entered the apartment and he did not leave before the shooting.

Merhawi forgetting what he had already told the investigators that Tewodros took Isaac out of the apartment after the first shot was fired, he testified in a planned, deception-riddled story he had conspired with his brothers. As the saying goes, lies will get you caught, Merhawi’s statement to the investigators served as evidence that showed what he and his brothers had testified in court was a deliberate lie. Click here 1, 2, 3,4.

Now the question is, knowing that Regbe was the one who opened the door for me, why Angesom, Merhawi, and Yehferom lied on the witness stand and testified that Tewodros opened the door for me and left with Isaac before I entered their Apartment? The answer is simple. They lied because they had something to hide. And it’s obvious that they framed Tewodros to hide their crime. Regbe, not Tewodros, opened the door for me. When I entered the apartment, Tewodros was in the living room sitting on a chair. He left in a panic with Isaac after observing an argument, guns being drawn and gunfire.

The police found two guns in the apartment. One was Yehferom’s and the other was mine. To place his gun in my possession and to make it look as if I came into their apartment to avenge my brother Abraham’s death, Yehferom lied to the police and told them that I came into the apartment holding two guns in my hands and I said, everybody here killed Abraham, I’m going to kill you, and then I started shooting. Yehferom’s statement was deceptive and ridiculous lie because I did not have two guns and I did not speak of Abraham at all. Click here.

To verify Yehferom’s story, one of the investigators asked Merhawi: "How many guns total did you see? Was there one gun or two guns or three guns?" Merhawi answered "Just one gun." The investigator was expecting Merhawi to respond that he had seen two guns. When Merhawi answered he had seen just one gun, the investigator repeated Merhawi’s answer with complete surprise by asking again: "Just one gun?" To this Merhawi answered that Asmerom used the same gun, there was no second gun or third gun. Obviously If I came into the apartment holding two guns in my hands, Merhawi would have seen two guns in my hands. It’s obvious that Yehferom lied about what occurred in their apartment to hide the fact that he and his family were attempting to kill me.

If, as Yehferom claimed, I had two guns and had I wanted to kill them, do you really think Yehferom and his brothers would have survived? Had I gone to their apartment with the intention of killing them, do you really think the reason that Yehferom and his brothers survived is because the idea that I would have had to shoot them first just simply slipped my mind? If, as Yehferom claimed, I had two guns and I was shooting to kill them, do you really think that while I was shooting, he could come and take away not one but two guns from me? If he had some special skill or magic which he was able to use to take two guns away from me, how was it possible for me to get out of that apartment? Anyone who has common sense knows that Yehferom’s story is far from the truth and a nonsensical riddle. The truth is, had I gone to the Meharis' apartment with the intention of killing them, no one in that apartment would have survived.

Yehferom was the only person who stated that I spoke of Abraham, and he was the only person who also stated that I had two guns, and he described them inconsistently in his two police statements and testimony. In his written statement, he told the police that I came into the apartment holding two guns in my hands Click here. In his taped statement, he initially told the investigators the same thing he told the police in his written statement which is that I came into the apartment holding two guns in my hands. But later on when the investigators asked him whether I fired one gun or both guns, he had to come up with some explanation about why I only fired one gun if I had two guns in my hands. So he came up with plastic bag story and told them that one of the guns was in a silver plastic bag. Click here. During the preliminary hearing, he changed his story about the guns, saying that I had one gun in my hand and the second gun in my waistband. He changed his story because he knew I didn’t have a bag in my hand and he also knew that the story he told the investigators about the guns didn’t make sense at all Click here. His various contradictory statements for placing his gun in my possession show consciousness of guilt.

To verify whether I spoke of Abraham or not, the investigators asked Merhawi: "What did Asmerom say when he came in to the apartment?" Merhawi responded "Asmerom said nothing. Not a word came out of Asmerom." When I entered the apartment Merhawi was near Yehferom. How could two people who were in the same room have two different stories?

The Meharis had an intent to kill me. The evidence speaks for itself. If they had no intention of killing me, there would be no reason for them to lie about what occurred in that apartment.

There is obvious police misconduct in the handling of this case. Knowing that Angesom, Merhawi, and Yehferom’s stories contradicted each other and also contradicted the physical evidence, the investigators in this case Sergeants Cruz and Morris did not do any investigation towards the Meharis. Their investigation was bias and improper. If they had investigated the Meharis, they would have known that the Meharis were responsible for what happened on that Thanksgiving Day. Click here 1, 2, 3.

I want to see an honest, objective, and professional investigation in this case, especially toward the Meharis. So far that has not happened. Until that happens, there is no hope for justice or even common decency. Justice is fair, impartial, and unbiased. Justice is truth, and the truth is on my side. There is no doubt that the truth is going to set me free.

 

 

 

Merhawi Mehari's Testimony Feb 28 2008 morning session