Grand Jury Wilson 04/181/985

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ITX T News-Press News-Press News-Press ri ' J" xy.:- xy.:- 111 (TTl ' DEATHS 4 . Vis -1 -1 kJJ VV l J I J THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1985 ; near dry am By BARBARA JOHNSON News-Press News-Press News-Press Staff Writer TAMPA For the first time since a federal investigation investigation of him began in 1 982, Lee County sheriff's Col. David Wilson denied under oath Wednesday being anywhere near a plane of marijuana that landed in Corkscrew July 9,1981. Wilson, second in command at the Sheriff's Department, Department, denied making a telephone call to his office that night to have deputies pulled off the investigation of the plane while the smugglers were still hiding in nearby woods. He testified as a defense witness in the federal perjury perjury and obstruction-of-justice obstruction-of-justice obstruction-of-justice obstruction-of-justice obstruction-of-justice trial of Debra Moss, 32, wife of his friend, former Special Deputy Danny Moss. The federal government has been trying to link Wilson Wilson and Danny Moss to a smuggling ring responsible that night for landing 800 pounds of marijuana in a Cessna 337 on a grassy airstrip near Moss' home. In cross-examination, cross-examination, cross-examination, federal prosecutor Warren Zimmerman took the opportunity to get Wilson to admit under oath that he did not originally report all his 1980-82 1980-82 1980-82 income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) . Wilson said he later filed an amended tax return, but denied that he did so only after he learned the IRS was investigating him. Zimmerman indicated in his questions that the unreported unreported income came from special off-duty off-duty off-duty security jobs he, Lt. Steve Adams and Major Roy Yahl arranged outside normal Sheriff's Department channels. Also under cross-examination, cross-examination, cross-examination, Wilson denied having direct knowledge of and not doing anything about Illegal gambling at the Rod and Gun Club in Fort Myers. He denied filing false information about his qualifications qualifications as a pilot on the Sheriff's Department insurance policy, and he denied being flown to the Florida Keys by then-Deputy then-Deputy then-Deputy William Weaver the morning after the Corkscrew incident. Wilson took the stand at 9 p.m. He contradicted two prosecution witnesses in the case against Debra Moss. Earlier in the day, former Lee County Deputy Frank Richbourg, one of the officers who investigated the downed pot plane in Corkscrew in southeast Lee County, testified that he saw Wilson standing by the airstrip that night. Dispatcher Sherry Baker testified Tuesday that she took a call that night at the Sheriff's Department from Wilson soon after the plane landed, and that she transferred transferred his call to the squad room. Zimmerman's theory is that Wilson was present at the airstrip where the plane landed and that he made a 13-minute 13-minute 13-minute call to the Sheriff's Department from an extension extension of Moss' home phone in the Corkscrew Country Store to have deputies, who were starting to swarm the area, pulled off the case. The store sits next to the airstrip. A 13-minute 13-minute 13-minute call is logged on Moss' telephone toll records shortly after the See PLANE, page3B

Clipped from News-Press18 Apr 1985, ThuMain EditionPage 21

News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida)18 Apr 1985, ThuMain EditionPage 21
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