Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Detective Eric O'Dell of CCSO Attempts to Discredit Eyewitness Who Saw Fellow Officer Murdering Citizen

Clark County Sheriff Detective Eric O'Dell Attempts to Discredit Eyewitness


May 8, 2005 Anthony Davis witnessed Rick Torres walk up to the window of the van Jason Wilkinson was driving.  What Davis witnessed that day was an execution.  According to the internal affairs interview of Davis the day of the shooting, Davis account, which he reiterated on a follow-up interview on March 30, 2019 depicts the grizzly murder.  

Davis stated that he witnessed Rick Torres walk up to the passenger side of the vehicle with his weapon drawn, looks over at his partner, Officer John Key, and fires 7 rounds into Jason as the minivan was backing up.  Torres then stops, looks up at Officer Key, and fires another 4 rounds into Jason from approximately 5 feet away.

The investigation was a cover-up at the behest of Clark County Sheriff's Detective Eric O'Dell and Vancouver Police Detective Stuart Hemstock.  An internal affairs complaint has been filed with both agencies, however, neither agency has opened an investigation into the cover-up.  It is being buried by the two agencies.  

Davis describes his interaction with the officers during the months following the murder.  Davis describes how the officers repeatedly stopped by his house and attempted to get him alone and when they did, they encouraged him to change his testimony.  

When Davis returned to the scene the day after Torres murdered Jason, he was threatened by Detective O'Dell.  O'Dell called him and asked him to return to the scene and place his vehicle where it was the day of the murder, which he did.  The internal affairs investigation reports state that Detective O'Dell placed the location of Davis's car into the accident recreation program which indicated that Davis was less than 10 feet from the sidewalk.  Davis stated in his 2019 interview that he was less than 30 feet away from the vehicle that had just crashed.  

Davis states that Detective O'Dell recorded all conversations with him during his interview the day of the shooting and the day following the shooting, O'Dell videotaped Davis and his placement of Officer Torres and Officer Key when the shooting started.  

Officer Torres places Officer Key on the ground when he started shooting Jason.  Contrarily, Davis places Officer Key standing in the front of the vehicle when the shooting started.  The videotape of Davis account the day after the shooting is not in the internal affairs file.  Nor is the first interview of Davis minutes after the shooting.

Torres immediately made 4 phone calls on his cellular phone after the shooting.  Neither Detective O'Dell or Hemstock mention these phone calls in the internal affairs interview, nor did they identify who the 4 people Torres called immediately after he murdered Jason.  A public records request was filed with the VPD asking for the phone records of Rick Torres the day of the shooting.  The Vancouver Police Department responded that they have no records of Torres phone calls.  

Also troubling is the statement that he made that he was videotaped when he returned to the scene the following day.  He states that he told the officers where both Torres and Key were when the shooting started.  This would be a normal thing to do for the LE Officer in determining what transpired during the shooting.  One would obviously want to know where an eyewitness places each officer when the shooting started and when it ended. 

Instead of investigating Rick Torres, both Detective O'Dell and Hemstock turn their investigation on its head and start investigating Anthony Davis.  They pull his criminal background and begin interviewing every reporter that Davis spoke to.

Below is an email, which depicts O'Dells first attempts to discredit Davis.  The propaganda campaign started 3 days after the murder.

From:  Hemstock, Stuart
Sent:  Wednesday, May 11, 2005 4:47 PM
TO:  Rawlins, Troy; Davis, John; Prentice, Ed
Cc:  O’dell, Eric
Subject:  OIS response

We are at a loss for where this guy Anthony Davis was when officer’s arrived at the scene.

Davis insists that he had pulled over right in the middle of the shooting.  He parked his car southbound on NE 40thAve right on the corner with NE 49thStreet.  He said he nearly was facing entirely west.

The problem, however, is that Schanaker, Torres, Key and others don’t recall his car ever being there. This may have been because they were distracted by other things going n at the time, or it may have been because the car wasn’t where he said it was.

This guy Davis said that he asked an officer at the scene if he could move his car and he was granted permission.

For any of you watching news accounts on TV, Anthony Davis is the guy that is depicted wearing the white baseball cap saying the police reacted inappropriately.

Thanks for your response one way or the other.

Stu

From:  Rawlins, Troy
Sent:  Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:33 AM
To:  Hemstock, Stuart
Subject:  RE:  OIS response

I don’t recall seeing this guy anywhere in the scene, or at all.  I assisted with the suspect and Officer Key while at the scene.

Sorry about that.
Troy R.

From:  Hemstock, Stuart
Sent:  Thursday, May 12, 2005 7:39 AM
To:  Rawlins, Troy
Cc:  O’dell, Eric
Subject:  RE:  OIS response

Thanks.  It is what it is no more no less.  Nothing to apologize for, no worries.

Stu 

Weeks after this email, Detective O'Dell calls another officer that was not on scene when the murder took place and asked if the officer saw Davis's vehicle where Davis placed it the day after the murder.  During the officers interview, he agrees with O'Dell that Davis's car was not where he said it was when this officer arrived on scene.

As Davis recounts in his 2019 testimony, he had just witnessed a police officer murder Jason Wilkinson, and he immediately backed his car in a driveway away from the murder scene.  Davis states that he got out of his car and started yelling to alert attention that the officer just killed Jason Wilkinson.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office will not respond to requests for comments on the case.




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