MARLISA FERREIRA’S CASE BLOWING UP ON HER
FRANK CARSON CASE
BY WILLIAM THOMAS JENSEN (TOM)
Today, the defense attorneys called two witnesses to the stand. One refused to say anything. The other witness gave testimony that once again has Michael Cooley confessing to the killing of Korey Kauffman. We now have two witnesses that are giving essentially consistent testimony that points to Michael Cooley as being the killer of Korey Kauffman. It appears to me that Marlisa Ferreira is seeing her 11-month preliminary hearing blow up in her face. I will now try to once again paint a picture for you of what happened during the morning session. It was certainly a very important day for the defense, and we are now seeing this case finally pointing to the true killer/killers of Korey Kauffman.
Court starts out late once again. Judge Zuniga is stuck in traffic, and we start testimony at 10:02AM. Defense attorney Robert Forkner calls Charlie O’Dell to the stand. Mr. O’Dell is brought to the stand in his prison jump suit. It appears to me that he is shackled while on the stand. There is a strong presence of Deputies surrounding Judge Zuniga. I have heard that Mr. O’Dell is a very dangerous person. Charlie O’Dell appears to be Hispanic, despite his last name. His hair is long, and he has a sour look on his face.
Forkner starts out by asking O’Dell if he knows Michael Cooley. O’Dell tells Forkner: “I’m not going to answer nothing.” “I can’t, I won’t.”
Judge Zuniga states: “We are going to get a public defender here to speak to you.” She tells Mr. O’Dell that if he does not answer the questions, he will be held in contempt of court, and would lose his time off for good behavior, which would cause him to be locked up longer in prison. Charlie O’Dell is then taken out of the courtroom, while we wait for a public defender to arrive at the courtroom.
Robert Forkner then calls John Edwin Field to the stand. Those of us who were standing out in the parking lot, had seen this man standing around with a lady before we were allowed to enter the courthouse. It is obvious before we heard any words from him, that something was not right about his health.
Forkner starts out by asking Mr. Field if he knows Michael Cooley. Field answers: “Yea.” Mr. Field is dressed in civilian clothing, and is not in custody at this time. Mr. Field testifies that he used to work for a recycling place (TJ Samra’s) for 4-5 years. He said that he talked about things concerning this case while working at the recycling place. Mr. Field said that he talked to Michael Cooley while they were using methamphetamine. At this point in his testimony, Mr. Field testified that he did not remember if Michael Cooley had said that he did anything to Korey Kauffman. John Field testified that he had a stroke while he was incarcerated, and has trouble remembering things.
Robert Forkner shows Mr. Field a transcript of an interview that he had done to refresh his memory. John Field then says that Cooley said that Korey Kauffman had been stealing stuff from Cooley’s property, and had said that he was going to put Korey Kauffman in his grave. At this point in his testimony Mr. Field said that he did not remember Cooley saying that he was going to kill Korey Kauffman in that exact language. Forkner asks Field if he remembers an officer going to his prison to talk to him. Field answers: “Yes.” He said the officer came to his prison dressed in plain clothes. John Field testified that he told the officer what he knew at that time. Once again, Mr. Field is given an opportunity to read the transcripts of the interview that he did on this visit by the officer.
John Field then tells Forkner that Michael Cooley had spoken about a fight that had happened on “Cooley’s ranch.” John Field said that he is on psych medications, and has had a stroke, and he is still having trouble remembering the details of what Michael Cooley had told him. Mr. Field then states that Michael Cooley told him that he had warned Korey Kauffman to not go back to his house. He said that Michael Cooley had beaten Korey Kauffman up.
At this point, a public defender named Ms. Kennedy steps into the courtroom. She is the one who was summoned to the courtroom to speak to Charlie O’Dell. Judge Zuniga states that she wants to finish with John Field before she takes up the O’Dell matter again.
It is at this time that I notice that the Modesto Bee reporter is in the courtroom. I was told by someone I was sitting with, that he arrived a few minutes earlier. Mr. Field is out of the courtroom while the attorneys are arguing about his testimony.
It is now 10:42AM, and Judge Zuniga asks that Mr. Field be put back on the stand. He states that he told the officer about a murder. He speaks about hearing details from TJ Samra, and Michael Cooley. Judge Zuniga gives Mr. Field 15 minutes to thoroughly read the transcript of his interview while the audience takes a break.
It is now 11:11AM, and we are allowed to re-enter the courtroom. Judge Zuniga announces that the public defender’s office has now stated that they are conflicted with respect to Charlie O’Dell, and that another attorney will be made available for Charlie O’Dell by tomorrow morning.
John Field is back on the stand. Robert Forkner asks Field if reading the transcript refreshed his memory. Robert Forkner states that he wants to play the video of Field’s interview. Field testifies that Michael Cooley did say that he killed Korey Kauffman. He said that he and Cooley were high on methamphetamine, and were walking down the street when Cooley told him that he had killed Korey Kauffman. Field said that he had a stroke in 2004 while being incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison. Field testified that Michael Cooley had told him that he had killed Korey Kauffman on his East Ave. property which was a boarded up house. He said that Michael Cooley had told him that he killed Korey Kauffman 2-3 times. Field stated that Michael Cooley had pulled a knife on him following an argument. He said that he had met Eula Keyes only once. Forkner has no further questions for John Field.
Defense attorney Jesse Garcia takes over asking questions to John Field. He asks Field if he remembers making the statements to the officer on 12/16/2014. Field says he remembers making the statements. Field testifies that he had a 2nd interview with a private investigator at another time. Once again, Judge Zuniga is asked to play the tape recording of the interview. There are arguments as to the legal basis for this to be done. Judge Zuniga says that she is not going to allow this interview to be played at this time. Jesse Garcia asks Field if Officer McKinnon spoke to him on 12/16/2014. Field says: “Yes.” Jesse Garcia asks Field if McKinnon had told him why he wanted to talk to him. Field said that McKinnon told him that he had information on the murder of Korey Kauffman.
Field testified that he at first told McKinnon that he did not know anything, because he did not want to get involved. Field testified that he denied to McKinnon that he knew anything a 2nd time as well. Field told Jesse Garcia: “We were just doping around, and that Michael Cooley had told him about killing Korey Kauffman around an abandoned house on East Ave over things that had been stolen by Korey Kauffman. He also said that Michael Cooley had previously told Korey Kauffman that he did not want to see Korey Kauffman around that house again.
Jesse Garcia asks Field about telling McKinnon about being out walking with Michael Cooley, while they were “Tweeking.” Field said he remembered that. Field testified that Michael Cooley had told him that he had killed Korey Kauffman during that walk, and at least two other times as well. The second time that Michael Cooley told him that he killed Korey Kauffman, Field testified that a woman named Winona Love was present as well, and heard the confession.
Field testified that he knew Korey Kauffman for about 3 ½ years, and met Michael Cooley through Korey Kauffman about 1 month after he met Korey Kauffman.
Field told Jesse Garcia that he was working at TJ Samra’s recycling business, and would hide out behind some bins when the investigators would come to ask TJ Samra about the Korey Kauffman case. He said that he was running from the law at that time. He stated that he got caught doing illegal activities later on, and was jailed. He said that he was admitted to Emanuel Hospital for ventricular tachycardia while he was running from the law under the name John Trent. He stated that he used the birth date of 05/05/1953 while he was in Emanuel Hospital under the name of John Trent. He stated that Michael Cooley had warned him and Korey Kauffman not to go back to the East Ave. home. He said that he told all of this to the officers. Jesse Garcia has no further questions for Mr. Field.
Defense attorney Percy Martinez now takes over asking questions from John Field. He asks Mr. Field about the time before Michael Cooley had pulled a knife on him. John Field testified that Michael Cooley always had a knife with him. He spoke of Cooley having a Buck knife that he had in a sheath on his right side. Field testified that Michael Cooley had pulled a knife on the step-son of Eula Keyes with the nick name of Wheto by the horse shoe pit. Field said that Wheto ran. Field testified that he was always in fear of Michael Cooley, and he said: “I am not a fighter.” Percy Martinez has no further questions of John Field.
Defense attorney Timothy Rien has no questions for John Field.
Defense attorney Hans Hjertonnson then takes over asking Mr. Field questions. Hans once again gets Field to say that Michael Cooley had pulled a knife on Wheto, and on John Field. Hans has no further questions for Mr. Field.
Defense attorney Martha Carlton-Magana again asks John Field about the first time that Michael Cooley had confessed to killing Korey Kauffman. Field testifies that it happened while they were walking along the railroad tracks near Cooley’s Soderquist Ave house. Martha once again asks Field about the 2nd time Michael Cooley had confessed to the killing of Korey Kauffman. Field testified that Winona Love was present when Michael Cooley had made that confession, and that Michael Cooley had told them: “I killed him.” Field said that they were walking down the street when Cooley had confessed to the killing of Korey Kauffman, but that Cooley did not say how he killed Korey Kauffman. Field told Martha that nobody else was present when Michael Cooley had told him that he had killed Korey Kauffman. Field said this 3rd confession was made to him in front of Michael Cooley’s Soderquist Ave house. Field said he told Cooley that he did not want to hear anything more about the killing, and that Michael Cooley had pulled a knife on him when he said that. Field said that Cooley told him: “I am dead serious about this.” Field testified that Cooley had told him that he was tired of stuff being stolen from his property, and that he killed Korey Kauffman over this.
Marlisa Ferreira starts to go on cross examination on John Field. She immediately tries to rehabilitate the reputation of Michael Cooley and Korey Kauffman. John Field is asked to step down for some arguments. When he is brought back to the stand, Marlisa starts some harsh cross examination, and he breaks down on the stand sobbing. It is obvious to me that Marlisa is trying to destroy this man on the stand. It is now 12:00PM, and time for our lunchtime break. Marty Carlson will be there in the afternoon to report on what is going on.
Sincerely; William Thomas Jensen (Tom)