cbs4 My 33 Header Logo

Local

Star Witness Gives Vague Testimony In Hollywood Cop Trial

View Comments
keywitness

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Your Holiday Hints
Holiday Season

HOLLYWOOD (CBS4)- It’s been nearly three years since the accident in Hollywood that set up a corruption investigation and eventual criminal trial.

Even so, the testimony from one of the central witnesses in this case was often shaky, vague and unsure.

For the second day in a row, the prosecution’s star witness, Alexandra Torrens-Vilas, took the stand. This time under tough, sometimes withering cross-examination.

“I don’t know sorry,” Torrens-Vilas had trouble recalling details as she spoke. “It was my word against his.”

She struggled to remember incidents.

“I know it was a large male,” she said.

She took long pregnant pauses… sometimes waiting 10, 15, even 20 seconds to answer questions.

“Sorry give me a minute,” she said.

Torrens-Vilas and a police dashboard video are the strongest evidence in the prosecution’s case against 45-year-old Dewey Pressley. The former Hollywood cop is on trial for allegedly doctoring the accident report to shift blame from fellow cop, Joel Francisco, who rear-ended Torrens-Vilas back in February 2009.

Despite the fact she had been rear-ended, the cops charged her with DUI and other traffic offenses, but charges that were later dropped.

On the police dashboard videotape Pressley can be heard saying he would, “Do a little Walt Disney” to protect fellow cop Francisco.

Torrens-Vilas said, “I don’t recall.”

Despite unsure testimony that dragged on for two and a half  hours, Torrens-Vilas said she was sure about certain critical details.

“That, I am adamant about,” she said. “Yes!”

Former Hollywood cop Dewey Pressley faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all 10 counts against him.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,470 other followers