20 January 2010

Dan Talbot murder trial 20 Jan 2010: William Soto blasted on cross-examination; KingCast becomes first Boston blogger to video murder trial.

Note: As I was not able to run video yesterday, I have provided this video -- from another successful First Amendment Defense in State v. Doyle for explanation of what I'm all about: Zealously defending the First Amendment within the confines of an often overly-restrictive American Police State. I say this as a former AAG, I know of what I speak and I speak to it rather well, make no apologies whatsoever. KingCast: 21st Century Civil Rights.

Anyway, the winning Motion is set forth at bottom. Here's how the direct went, stay tuned for how the cross went later this evening. Hint: It wasn't too good for the State.

Also, State's witness Randy Fortado, a multiple felon who could have been sentenced to a total of more than 30 years for repeated drug dealings (heroin and cocaine) told a series of stories that directly channeled the writings of the Boston Herald, a newspaper that he admitted he "read every day." He claimed that Defendant Iacoviello, a man whom he'd never met, confessed that he shot Officer Talbot within 3 days of meeting him in the Big House. Of course he also said that the same Defendant told him he went behind the school to have a smoke, and that he was at the scene and then left and went home to get a gun and returned, which of course we all know did not happen.

His testimony was best summed up when he volunteered the obvious to Attorney Krupp:
"Are you inferring that I read the paper and made up a story?"

"That is exactly what I am inferring," said Krupp -- amidst laughter from the entire courtroom, except from the prosecutors. This guy was a complete tool and beyond rehabilitation, thus no redirect or anything, exit stage left.
William Soto and Officer Talbot grew up together – 5 houses apart – and they were army buddies who arranged their leaves together. He lost his best friend on 29 September, 2007. “I’ve known him since 6th grade,” said Soto.

Soto admitted it was that familiarity that led them to the bleachers on that fateful night of September 29, 2007.

“It was my idea,” he said. “Was it a place you used to hang out as kids?" asked Prosecutor Edward Krippendorf. “It was familiar,” said Soto, who said he drank no more than 6 beers at Margarita’s before heading across the street to the school yard, where he and Evan Franklin (since fired) and Officer Talbot each took 2 singles from the cooler and moved to the bleachers. A bit later, “30-40 minutes” all hell broke loose.

“First thing I heard was a Bloods MF Blood BK.” “He had a scruffy face with a fumanchu and shaggy hair…. Officer Talbot mentioned Blood Killer to him and he kept on walking, down the path, slow, with a gangster lean….toward the American Legion Highway.”
When he returned, Soto claimed that he was waiving his hands and “baited us toward him” indicating that he trailed Officer Talbot by about 6-8 feet as “Connie was pleading with him to stay.”

“Three short men wearing hooded sweatshirts came from behind the fence and fired at us....."

Officer Soto testified further that Officer Talbot had his gun out "after the flash" (of a shot). Was it the first time you saw him with his gun out? Yes.....Shots rang out, I fired back and Dan fell to the ground. I was firing down range.. I fired 2-3 times and took cover -- the nearest cover was the [trash] barrel.


"Your score at the range was significantly lower than the score of everybody else who went to the range that night wasn't it?" (Hard to tell here but I heard the numbers 26/50 as passing and I believe Soto was 17/50 but I'll need to check this). He asked about Jagermeister intake and whether anyone in the group ordered shots. The bill for the five was upwards of $130 with a few appetizers. There was a check for $29.40 + tip, which covered 3 corona lights, 3 Dos Equis and 1 Heineken at 9:06p. It was unclear to this observer who consumed those particular beverages. Contrary to direct testimony that they left at midnight, Soto had told the Grand Jury that the group left later..... "We do detail there and they are pretty strict, they close at 1:00 so we decided to leave a little before 1:00," quoted Krupp.

"It was late."
"Although it was late you weren't done drinking that night were you?"
"Any idea how those beer bottles get out onto the grass from your truck?"
"I have no idea."

Krupp speculated as to whether since-fired Sergeant Evan Franklin might have had another weapon with him after he secured his Glock 22 .40 Cal (all Revere Offcers carry the same gun) in Soto's truck. I have no idea whether or not he did, and for all I now Krupp has no clue either but it's a Good Question to ask.

"Did you have any pills that night?"
"Are you aware an empty bottle of hydrocodone was found in your truck?"
"It was an old prescription."

"On October first you were asked if the guy in red (Derek Lodie) said anything to you and you said no."
"You didn't mention anything about BK or killer or anything?"
"You heard somebody in your group say "he walks like a gangster, but you testified very differently in your direct examination didn't you?"
"So you took the bait?"
"Your intention was to find out who the person was, call in a unit and get him out of there, right?"
"But at no time did [any of you] say "we're a bunch of cops, move it along, kid."

"Your firearm was not obscured, and so somebody could have seen it? (I would have objected, totally. How does the witness know what somebody from the bushes could have een. Hell, it was dark out and the question was kind of vague, to boot).

"Today you said the kid with the red shirt was "in a line with the others" but on October 1, 2007 you told police the kid with the red shirt fired from the vicinity of the pole."
"After the first shot Talbot was still standing and you began to run for cover?"
"At the Grand Jury in 2007 you had it reversed. Do you recall saying first you took cover and then you started firing"
"No I do not."
"You took cover after you saw the muzzle flash."
"Yes I did."
"In 2007 you stated "The one that did the damage had a red shirt and black pants.... At no time did you say the shot came from the other three."
"Sir, I gave my best description."
"And your best description was that..."



Christopher King said...

As noted, I've been doing this kind of work for fifteen (15) some years, so when KingCast speaks on the First Amendment, Prosecutors listen.

The implications are massive. If I can run video at a murder trial, I'm not going to take kindly to being shut out of any other trial.

Think about the dinky little video clips that you get from the major media; I'm about to blow that right out of the water.

Viva technology.

Viva the First Amendment.

Hard work.... has its rewards.

-The KingCaster.

Anonymous said...

you are about as informative on this case as a sleeping jury member...William/Billy Soto is the officer's name. If you can't get the basic facts correct, what weight does any of your other 1/2 truth rantings hold?

Christopher King said...


Big Deal. I was reviewing another case with a guy named Michael so I transposed the names.

You got any other inaccuracies now that I have published the cross examination text?

My mistake on a name pales in comparison to the mistakes and changed positions set forth by the Prosecution witnesses my friend.

Good thing now I can run video so won't be no mistakes, huh.

-The KingCaster.

Christopher King said...

Go ahead and identify what the so-called "1/2 truth rantings" are, exactly.

Meanwhile, as you prepare your response, I'll head on down to the store for some grass seed.

To feed the crickets.

-The KingCaster.

Christopher King said...


Tell you one more thing:

When I looked William Soto right in the eye yesterday and told him:

"I am sorry for your loss"

That was real.

And I don't care so much how it happened -- but I can only imagine his pain regardless of who pulled the trigger.

Get off my ass.

-The KingCaster.

Anonymous said...

If Soto was such a bad shot at the firing range, where did his bullets end up????

Christopher King said...


Inquiring minds want to know.

Can you imagine if Officer Talbot got in his stance, quickly turned left to check his posse and caught friendly fire?

It's sad.

What I still can't believe was the testimony from Franklin today, "we were expecting a fist fight."

Dude, you guys are POLICE!

Grown men gonna' mix it up with young kids, unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

Soto and Talbot WERE NOT army buddies!!! You should verify your facts before you print them

Christopher King said...


You're an idiot. I was there for Soto's testimony. They grew up together and took leaves together, they were best friends.

Here's what you need to think about:

Another thing: Without some type of medical/forensic testimony as to bullet fragment and approach angle, I gotta say it's entirely possible that Officer Talbot was felled by friendly fire.

Look at that long narrow chute in the baseball field photograph that Officer Soto -- the worst marksman who did not pass his exam -- had to shoot through as he took cover behind the blue trash barrel.

Officer Talbot was found on the grassline/walkway.

What if Talbot had turned to his left to check up on his posse and caught it from that direction, it certainly is possible. That bullet hole in Officer Soto's pickup truck, parked at the end of the chute where the headlights appear, was probably from Soto and it was on the left corner of the truck, on the bumpah'.

Look at the relationship/proximity of where the pickup was to where the grassline/walkway is. I shoot guns sometimes (well, not when I'm drunk I don't) and I can tell you that ain't a whole lotta' wiggle room, especially if you're plastered.

Point being that without further evidence that is one plausible explanation. The State had better step up the game if it hopes to gain a conviction.

I'm serious as a heart attack.

-The KingCaster

Anonymous said...

At the end of the day this entire situation is nothing but a tragedy and the people involved not only lived thru it while it happened have to live thru it every day for the rest of their lives. Yes, maybe had judgement was used...but seriously...does that meant it is ok to have an person die. It is a person...at the end of the day whether or not u are a police officer or a scum bag thug...u do not deserve to be killed. Bottom line is this was a bad senerio made worse...if it ended in a black eye fine but it ended in a death...no matter what ppl were doing before, during, after...it should have never ever happened.

Christopher King said...


Agreed. And I will add that the only way we can learn from this and do better as a society is to make sure that everything is open and honest, and I just don't feel that it is on either side, more so the government.

Look at the casings from Officer Soto's gun. Do you shoot guns? If you don't go get someone who does and have them look at this post from 26 Jan.

See what I mean?

A wound festers until you flush it out real good.


-The KingCaster.

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