Case file reveals query raised local temperatures

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM.

Jenkins acknowledged the general details during an initial discussion with investigators as well as the existence of a video, but said she was not comfortable showing the video to investigators until after she talked to Novak, the county attorney.

When investigators checked back, they were notified that Novak’s advice was that the video fell outside the parameters of the Sunshine Law and would only be produced under subpoena.

Investigators noted they were troubled by Novak’s dual roles, having been identified as being present during the incident – Novak, according to the case file, told Bryan he had shot one of the gators – and providing legal advice to possible witnesses.

Further attempts to speak to Jenkins, the investigators noted, were unsuccessful and they raised the possibility that Jenkins was being pressured by McLemore.

Investigators were keen to speak to Jenkins again after taking the statement from Halley. Halley said one of those on the trip that night had fallen in the water and the gator had gotten in the boat as reasons a gun was used to kill at least one of the gators.

Investigators ultimately obtained a copy of at least a portion of the video.

Halley, on whose camera the video was shot, told investigators he was surprised when he got his camera back and the SIMS card had been erased. He had wanted to see the video, investigators detailed.

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