Trial of Ray Nutting turns as Prosecution witnesses are turned to defense witnesses
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April 29th, 2014
California Superior Court
El Dorado County
Main Court House
The People of California Vs. Raymond James Nutting
The first part of the trial opened with Ms. “Kitty” Miller, and Ms. Katherine Tyler, called by the prosecution to give testimony, regarding monies provided by them for “Nutting’s” bail. Ms. Miller is Mr. Nutting’s Personal Assistant, and Ms. Tyler is a Clerk assigned to the County’s Board of Supervisors.
Ms. Miller testified that when she had arrived at work on 05/28/2013 she overheard “Nutting” on the telephone trying to raise Bail Money. She discovered that “Nutting” expected to be arrested shortly on Criminal Charges brought by El Dorado County’s District Attorney’s Office. She testified that she had previously planned on investing in precious metals and had the money available and gave it to “Nutting’s” Spouse, “Jennifer Nutting”. Her testimony was that she considered it a loan and would soon get the loan back in a few days, or after his release. Miller was paid back by first receiving a $3,000 cash payment from Ray Nutting and than received a check from the County’s Auditor Controller’s office for $47,000. She further testified that no prior arrangements were made between her and “Nutting” for Bail.
Ms. “Tyler‘s” Testimony was that she considered Ray and Jennifer friends. Upon learning of Ray’s need to raise Bail she withdrew $8,000, leaving a remaining amount of $25, so as not to close the account. She presented the cash to Jennifer. However, after the lapse of a few hours, at Ray’s request, Jennifer wrote her a check and repaid her. The prosecution asked if she considered the $8,000 a loan, and she answered, “Yes”, and went on to adamantly say that the Nuttings, were friends, and had not solicited any money from her.
Charles (Chuck) Holland, was next called by the prosecution to give Testimony. Mr. Holland stated that he was self employed as a Bail Bond Agent, and also owned “CHI Monitoring”, and had a Contract with El Dorado County, for monitoring. He testified that he had received a telephone call from “Nutting”, and immediately recognized “Nutting’s” voice. “Holland” went on to say that “Nutting” asked him for a Loan of $10,000. “Holland” said that he couldn’t do that as he was not permitted as a Bail Bond Agent to lend his personal money for Bail. He went on to say that instead of the usual 10% for the cost of the Bond that he would charge “Nutting” 8%. After the conversation ended, in about five (5) minutes, he called the District Attorney’s Office and advised of the conversation between “Nutting” and himself, and stated that in an hour his call was followed up by a District Attorney’s Investigator coming to his office.
Under Cross Examination by the Defense, he was asked the following questions:
Do you know the District Attorney? Answer; Yes.
Did you support the District Attorney in the last Election? Answer; Yes.
Financially? Answer; Yes.
Invited to his home for Dinner? Answer; Yes.
Is he your friend? Answer; Yes.
Did you do other things together? Answer; Yes, hunting trips.
Did you make any derogatory public statements about the Defendant in the press? Answer; (hesitant) Yes.
The Defense then referred him to his contract with the County, and asked him to read the section on a “Conflict of Interest”. Whereby the Defense then implied that a Conflict of Interest existed when “Holland” offered to write a Bail Bond for the Defendant at 8%. Holland replied that he was not worried about being prosecuted.
To be continued.