NEW YORK — Witnesses Charise Myers and Christopher Chambers, who both testified that Sean “Puffy” Combs didn’t have a gun during the Club New York shootings, have something else in common, according to phone records: Combs was personally in touch with them before they took the stand.
The records, introduced into evidence Wednesday evening (March 7) by prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos, show six calls back and forth between Chambers’ and Combs’ phones, as well as at least one call from Myers’ home phone to Combs’ cell phone.
The records also show that another defense witness, Glen Beck, spoke with Combs bodyguard Paul Offord before his testimony. Beck testified that he didn’t believe Combs had a gun at the club.
The evidence appears to lay the groundwork for Bogdanos to accuse Combs of witness tampering in his closing argument in the case.
The testimony of Chambers, an auto mechanic, was notable for the combination of his utter certainty that Combs did not have a gun in his hands at the moment of the shootings with his complete inability to remember many other key details of that night.
Myers had been one of the strongest witnesses in Combs’ defense, testifying that she fell on top of Combs as shots rang out and clearly saw that he did not have a gun. But in addition to the revelation of her phone contact with Combs, jurors also heard police detective Terrence Lynch testify that the account Myers gave police shortly after the shootings bore little resemblance to her later testimony.
Lynch said Wednesday that when he interviewed Myers within two hours of the shootings, she told him that she was separated from Combs by as many as 20 people throughout the argument that led to the shootings.
That alleged account flatly contradicts Myers’ later claims that she was standing right by Combs during the argument, and that she even tapped him on the shoulder and whispered to him just before the shootings. Combs testified last week that he remembered Myers talking to him at that time.
“She was very adamant about where she was [during the incident],” Lynch said.
Lynch produced the report he had filed on his interview with Myers on the day of the shootings, which backed his account.
In his angry cross-examination of Lynch, Combs lawyer Benjamin Brafman focused on the fact that the detective’s handwritten notes from the interview included only Myers’ name, occupation and other basic information, but no details of her story. Lynch said that he typed his report later that day solely from memory, as he usually does.
Testimony in the trial of Combs, Jamal “Shyne” Barrow and Anthony “Wolf” Jones concluded Wednesday. After legal arguments on Thursday and a day off Friday, lawyers are expected to present their closing arguments on Monday.