Posted on | August 23, 2013 | 178 Comments
An intriguing detail I reported last week on the Kaitlyn Hunt case:
[Assistant state attorney Christopher] Taylor also recounted a May incident in which Hunt violated the no-contract order by communicating with the victim “through a third party, Julia Gilmore.” In May, Gilmore told a local TV station she “has been friends with Hunt for five years” and, at a Wednesday [Aug. 14] hearing in the case, Hunt’s attorney attempted to compel the prosecution to provide Gilmore’s address, but prosecutors said they don’t intend to call Gilmore as a witness.
Amid all the shocking allegations in the prosecutor’s petition for revocation of bond, the mention of Julia Gilmore seemed trivial, but I was intrigued by the description of the Aug. 14 hearing:
8/14/2013 DEF/ATTY GRAVES/ASA WORKMAN PRESENT FOR STATE’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL CLOSURE OF COURTROOM GRANTED, ONLY IMMEDIATE FAMILY WILL BE ALLOWED IN COURTROOM, DA [defense attorney] MOTION TO COMPEL ADDRESS OF JULIA GILMORE HEARD, SA [state's attorney] ARGUES THAT THEY DONT HAVE THE ADDRESS OR INTEND TO USE HER AS A WITNESS, COURT ADVISES THE SA IF THEY DECIDE TO USE HER THAT THEY NEED TO SUPPLY DA WITH THE ADDRESS 30 DAYS BEFORE TRIAL DATE, DA RULE TO SHOW CAUSE ON CYNTHIA VOEGTLIN AND ON MIAH SHEPHERD HEARD, DA TO RESET DEPOS, CASE CONTINUED UNTIL 9/26/13 @ 9:00 **CARD GIVEN**
Kaitlyn Hunt’s attorney asked the prosecution to provide Julia Gilmore’s address. I’ve seen evidence Gilmore was in regular communication with Kate Hunt as recently as July, so why would Hunt’s lawyer need the prosecution’s help to find Gilmore now?
This is a question to which I don’t know the answer. Nor do I know why Hunt’s lawyer was so interested in finding Gilmore or why the lawyer thought she was important to the prosecution’s case. But there are dots here, and these dots seem to form a non-random pattern.
Meanwhile there is gossip that “LT,” who was mentioned in testimony by Detective Jeremy Shepherd during Tuesday’s hearing, is Kaitlyn’s new girlfriend Latasha Thomas, 27, who was arrested in 2006 for a traffic violation and marijuana possession and arrested again last year on a felony domestic battery charge.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Detective Shepherd described text messages sent by Kaitlyn Hunt to her underage victim, now 15, boasting that someone had asked whether Kaitlyn shared the younger girl’s . . . uh, companionship with “LT,” to which Kaitlyn replied no, that the younger girl was “all mine.” Watching that testimony, I was not sure about the relevance, but the gossip I’ve heard (and this is only gossip so far) is that Kaitlyn had moved in with Thomas after her arrest, and that Gilmore was reportedly also one of their roommates at some point.
OK, that’s the gossip. Now we return to the prosecutor’s petition for bond revocation, which describes a May 21 text exchange between Kaitlyn Hunt and her younger victim, “CS”:
CS: “[The prosecutor] asked me today if anyone saw us in the bathroom when we would do stuff. Should I have said names?”
KH: “No! Say nobody.”
There has been speculation that perhaps this other person “in the bathroom when we would do stuff” was Julia Gilmore, but that’s just speculation, of course. However, it would make sense that Gilmore, Kaitlyn’s best friend, who purportedly acted as go-between in Kaitlyn’s violation of the no-contact order, was aware all along of the nature of Kaitlyn’s involvement with the underage victim.
Much about this situation remains mysterious. For example, given that Latasha Thomas has a criminal record, including for drug use and domestic violence, why would Kaitlyn Hunt’s parents — knowing that Kaitlyn was out on bond — permit their daughter to associate with someone like that? And why was Kaitlyn’s lawyer so interested in Gilmore, if Gilmore was not a prosecution witness? Is it possible that there has been some sort of falling-out between Kaitlyn and her best friend, raising concern that Gilmore might testify against Kaitlin?
Anyway, here’s video of a local TV report about Tuesday’s hearing. Notice that Kaitlyn’s dad walks out of the court with his second wife.
In many of their public appearances in May, Steve and Kelley would appear together as if they were still married, when in fact they’ve been divorced for at least five years, and both have remarried. In fact, Kelley’s current husband is actually her third husband, because her second marriage, to an immigrant from the Caribbean, was reportedly annulled.
Because the dysfunctionality of the Hunt family didn’t fit the desired “wholesome all-American” media narrative, their divorce was never mentioned, and Kaitlyn’s stepparents were kept out of the picture.
The whole “Free Kate” myth was a gigantic lie from the start.
UPDATE: Thanks to the keen-eyed readers who spotted Latasha Thomas in the video above, leaving the courtroom after Tuesday’s hearing. Furthermore, video from WPEC-TV shows that LT arrived with Steve Hunt and his wife. Here are two screen-caps:
The WPEC-TV story notes that Kaitlyn’s mother, Steve’s ex-wife Kelley Hunt Smith, did not attend Tuesday’s hearing, perhaps because she didn’t want to answer questions about prosecution charges that she assisted Kaitlyn’s violation of the no-contact order.
UPDATE II: OK, now it gets weird. A search of court records for Latasha Thomas’s October 2012 case, when she was charged with domestic battery, shows that at her first court appearance, Thomas was ordered to have no contact with Katlin Sanders. According to the Palm Beach Post, Katlin Marie Sanders graduated from Sebastian River High School in June 2012. So, in October 2012, there was a “domestic violence” case in which Thomas, 26 at the time, was accused of attempting to strangle a girl who had just graduated from high school four months earlier? And now, less than a year later, we find Thomas in a relationship with the most famous teenage lesbian in
Indian River County Florida America human history?
Anybody got any thoughts on this? It’s just weird, like Sebastian River High School is some kind of lesbian magnet.
- Aug. 23: Mama: #FreeKate Is Being Treated Like a Real Criminal at Indian River County Jail!
- Aug. 23: #FreeKate? Local Teen Says Kaitlyn Hunt Was ‘Bully … Calling Me an Ugly Dyke’
- Aug. 22: Reminder: #FreeKate’s Father ‘Pressured a Victim Not to File a Battery Charge’
- Aug. 22: Shocking: #FreeKate’s Father Conspires to Shut Down This Blog: ‘Media Blackout’
- Aug. 22: #FreeKate Comic Interlude
- Aug. 21: Shocking Claim: #FreeKate’s Mother Is ‘Cool Mom,’ in the Very Worst Way
- Aug. 21: Media Covers for #FreeKate While Her Supporters Attack the Victim’s Parents
- Aug. 21: More #FreeKate Arguments: Want to Let Heather Wirth-Dalager Babysit Your Kids?
- Aug. 21: Kaitlyn Hunt’s Lawyer, Having Failed Her Client, Now Scapegoats the Prosecution
- Aug. 20: UPDATE: Kaitlyn Hunt’s Bond Revoked; Evidence ‘Overwhelming,’ Judge Says