(Editor’s Note: This series will be highly controversial, and the privacy of the article’s subject has demanded to remain nameless for their safety and respect for their family. The only attorneys present for this series of interviews are employed for McManus and Amadeo and include Matthew McManus, William Amadeo and Jennifer Kelley. A non-disclosure agreements have been signed).
Part IV of this series will deal with the topic of the District Court and the 2 weeks from when the case was adjourned for another Probable Cause Conference (PCC). The father/officer of the defendant explains what happened at the District Court level. CM=Carly McGregor, Officer=Subject).
CM: So when you hired Bill (Amadeo) what happened?
Officer: Bill went to the jail for a long visit. Bill called me at around 6 am that morning.
CM: What did he say?
Officer: He said we needed to do a bond motion. He was going to serve one on the prosecutor and the court, he said he would get a motion date.
CM: What was the result?
Officer: My son’s bond was lowered from $100k cash to $5,000 cash/surety. We posted the $500 and got our boy home. It was a start.
CM: How did the bond motion go?
Officer: It got heated. Bill and the judge got into it. I was worried.
CM: How so?
Bill Amadeo: The judge stated how I cannot turn everything into a media case. Respectfully, this judge liked the previous defense counsel more than me and didn’t want to deal with the preliminary exam.
Officer: Previous counsel kept telling us to waive the Prelim and do a sentence agreement.
CM: What was the sentence agreement?
Officer: 8 years at the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Jennifer Kelley: Was your son required to register as well?
Officer: For life.
CM: What did Bill tell you?
Officer: He said 8 years or 80 years, it doesn’t matter with my son. He told me that my son would not make it in prison and the reality is that this was a death penalty case in his mind so let’s figure this out with no either no prison or go to war.
CM: How did you feel about that?
Matt McManus: Bill has a way of laying things out that can be intimidating.
Officer: I was terrified but he was right. 8 years, 80 years. I thought Bill was my best shot at trial and I felt trial was my only option though I was not sleeping at all.
CM: What happened at District Court?
Officer: The judge ordered a PCC in 2 weeks. Bill wanted a prelim set up in two weeks, the judge said no, “Maybe you guys can work it out and Mr. Amadeo maybe you don’t do a Facebook live or talk to the press in the interval.”
CM: What did Bill say to that?
Bill Amadeo: Bill said that he would never want the press to hear that this kid passed a polygraph and the prosecutor was still pressing the issue.
CM: How did that go over?
Bill Amadeo: Well I didn’t get thrown in jail so….
CM: What were those two weeks like?
Officer: Everyday felt like hell. But thar’s when we met Nick.
CM: Nick Sanderson?
Officer: Yes. The best private investigator that I have ever met.
CM: What did Nick do for your son?
Officer: All that I know is that he found a lot of evidence. Nick told me that he would talk to Bill and it was best that I didn’t ask any questions.
Bill Amadeo: It really was best if you didn’t ask questions. We don’t break the rules, we find things that were hidden.
CM: What happened when you went back to court.
Officer: Bill walked in with a pile of evidence and dropped in on the prosecutors desk in court.
CM: Umm, what happened.
Officer: The lawyers went on the record.
CM: How did that go?
Officer: Well, Bill said he was going to run a “Rape by Fraud” defense and he told the court that if the prosecutor needed more time to review the evidence that he provided and the evidence he was going to supply in the next few days it might be a good idea for them to review.
CM: What did the prosecutor say?
Officer: The prosecutor was very upset. He said that Bill was making a mockery of these proceedings. Bill said any prosecutor that doesn’t care about a polygraph doesn’t care about the truth and the two of them started yelling at each other.
CM: What did the court do?
Officer: The court threatened to hold both Bill and the prosecutor in contempt.
CM: How are you feeling at this point?
Officer: Part of me is terrified. I kind of believed that Bill was a crazy person. Another part of me was thankful that this crazy person was on my side.
CM: So you got along with Bill?
Officer: It depended on the day of the week. Some days I viewed him as a savior, other days I wanted to kill him. He kept demanding meeting on Friday nights around 9 pm at night.
CM: Did you ask him why?
Officer: He would be there with Nick Sanderson and he would say that we need to care about this case as much as he and Nick did. He said if I didn’t like it he would refund the money.
CM: What were the meetings like?
Officer: It was like being trapped with two brilliant mental patients. The way that the two of them looked at this case was bizarre. The previous counsel met with my son once in jail and we met twice at his office. One time was to make a payment. This was different. I can’t lie, Bill and Nick scared the hell out of me.
CM: Why did they scare you?
Officer: They would laugh at inside jokes and look at each other giving themselves non-verbal cues. I started to get pissed off.
CM: Did you question them?
Officer: Yes, Nick said that we could learn to adjust if we wanted a chance at winning. I remember one time we were going to walk out.
CM: What happened when you walked out?
Officer: Bill said if we wanted to leave he would go to the gym and bet on games. He said if we didn’t give a shit about our son’s case they should go somewhere else.
CM: What happened at the preliminary examination?
Next piece the preliminary examination will be discussed.
Carly McGregor has been a ghostwriter for many years and is currently working on her Juris Doctorate and has published many articles across social media and print work.