More disturbing details are coming forward in Vanessa Bryant’s ongoing trial.
Police deputy Michael Russell testified this week that he sent deputy officer Ben Sanchez photos from the site of the January 2020 Kobe Bryant helicopter crash. To make the story even more troubling, Russell said that he and Sanchez were playing Call of Duty and communicating on their headsets when Russell sent Sanchez the photos in his possession, recalling that he “told him it was possible one of them was Kobe Bryant.” Sanchez testified that he told Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department investigators that Russell warned him they were “graphic.”
While the two were playing the first-person shooter game, Russell testified he told Sanchez he had the photos, and then asked if he wanted to see them. When the cop said yes, Russell said he sent them over. Russell admitted in court that he had no business doing that. He also testified that he received nothing more than a minor write-up as punishment.
Cruz, meanwhile, also testified in court on Tuesday … and did admit to showing the photos to a bartender as well.
A deputy testified in court Tuesday that he sent another cop pics from the Kobe Bryant crash site while the two were in the middle of a "Call Of Duty" gaming session. https://t.co/jYA4b1EqtW
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 16, 2022
The widow of Kobe Bryant’s trial comes a little less than two years after she filed her lawsuit against L.A. County officials.
In the complaint obtained by E! News at the time, Vanessa claimed that multiple deputies took pictures of remains at the crash site and forwarded them to colleagues, one of whom was seen on surveillance footage showing his phone to a bartender.
Some pretty twisted stuff.
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