Investigators take issue with expert witness
Tim Wilcox of International Investigators LLC has been an investigator for 42 years. Wilcox believes White did not get a fair trial.
"The jury was not given the evidence that could change their minds,” he said. “His attorney decided not to present the key witnesses, and we had the key witness."
That key witness, Wilcox said, is Ryan Harmon, a former Indiana State Police officer who once worked on the public corruption section as a detective and retired after being investigated in connection with a hit-and-run accident. He is now a private investigator.
"Their State Police investigator had no knowledge in cell phone tower triangulation," Wilcox said, noting that Harmon does.
Harmon explained why cell records could have changed opinions on White’s residency: "The cell records are not just a day and time. We have longitude and latitude of the towers. We have different azimuth laid out."
Why was evidence left out?
In the 24-Hour News 8 exclusive interview, White explained why the cell phone records were not used in his defense.
"We felt (prosecutors) didn't meet the burden, so lets not put on a case,” he said. “If you don't meet your burden, the defendant doesn't have to bring any evidence."
He now says that was a mistake.
The case against White centers around this: He used his ex-wife's address, where he used to live, instead of a condo he shared with his then-fiance, on his voter registration form. Prosecutors said it's because he didn't want to give up his Fishers Town Council salary after moving out of the district he was elected to represent. White and the two private investigators said it's because he was never actually living in the condo.
That's where the cell phone records come in. Nearly two years of phone calls - 30,000 records. Harmon conducted a specific technique called triangulation to analyze them.
"During a six-month period, I looked at every night where the last call was made and the first call in the morning," Harmon said, because the last call made was most likely where White stayed all night.
"48 percent of the time over a six-month period, this phone was on tower 74,” Harmon said. “Tower 74 is the tower in question where the condo is located."
Harmon then looked at the stats just during the work week, assuming White stayed at the condo to see the then-fiance on weekends. Cell records show the percentage of time he spent there dropped dramatically during the week.
"12 percent of the time in a six-month time, Monday through Friday, on that tower. Back it down to a Sunday-Thursday work week, and it is 9 percent,” Harmon said. “It doesn’t fit. He was not living at the condo. He was visiting the condo."
Harmon said the cell phone records show White only stayed there nine nights in more than three months.
"Let's look at the date when the felonious acts took place on May 4, 2010, when Mr. White committed this felony by voting,” Harmon said. “96 days leading up to May 4, there was only nine nights in 96 days one could logically conclude he stayed at the condominium. Out of 96 days. To me, that is beyond a reasonable doubt."
Then, when White got remarried, 16 days after voting, on May 20, Harmon said: "The records tripled on tower 74. He is living at the condo now. He is married."
White said his attorneys thought the state had not met their burden of proof, and thought the jury would end up on their side without all of this cell phone testimony. While supporting his attorneys’ work, he now regrets the decision, admitting the jury is not made up of attorneys.To see the rest of the article, click here.
That is a pretty remarkable expert witness to leave on the bench in a trial when a defendant, an elected official no less, is charged with seven felonies. I have trouble understanding the tunnel vision which must have played a role in two attorneys (White and Brizzi) convincing themselves that the jury would take a legalistic instead of lay approach to the evidence, and that no defense to the allegations needed to be provided by White to the jury.