9 Responding to a question from me Berkman denied any involvement in the

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9. Responding to a question from me, Berkman denied any involvement in the robbery. Berkman claimed to have been in Briarcliff running errands at the time of the December 17 robbery/attempted murder, although Berkman provided no proof of this. In any event, the Village of Briarcliff is just a few minutes from Wilmington. However, Berkman expressed interest in helping me solve the crime. If Berkman were to hear anything, Berkman said, Berkman would certainly contact me immediately. I gave Berkman one of my business cards. I then left Berkman’s apartment to continue the investigation. 10. Although Berkman had no felony record, Berkman was charged on several different occasions with possession of graffiti instruments when Berkman was sixteen years old. I believe the charges were resolved in Youth Court where Berkman admitted to the crimes and had to do several months of community service. I really hate these graffiti “artists.” They are
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2016-2017 Mock Trial Case Final Version with 2/7/2017 edits 73 destroying our beautiful city. We should do whatever it takes to get their rear ends off the street. 11. I returned to the scene of the crime. It turns out that one of the buildings Berkman defaced is next door to Lucky Convenience Store. There is a very good view of the surveillance cameras from the wall Berkman had tagged. At that point, there was no need to continue to investigate other “Robins” and waste valuable police resources, because at that stage I knew Berkman was the perpetrator. All I needed was some evidence linking Berkman to the crime, which I knew would involve further lengthy investigation. 12. I decided it was best to keep Berkman close and talking, in the hopes that Berkman would say or do something self-incriminating. During our initial interview, Berkman purported to be fascinated by police TV shows. I took the opportunity to suggest that Berkman provide a DNA sample. I told Berkman this could rule Berkman out as a suspect, and once that happened, Berkman could help out with the investigation. Berkman agreed. Eventually I learned, much to my surprise, that Berkman’s sample DNA did not match any DNA recovered at the scene. But that stuff happens. 13. As part of my investigation, I provided statements to the local newspapers, The Wilmington Gazette and The Wilmington Post-Dispatch. Both newspapers published detailed information about the December 17 robbery/attempted murder, including reference to a weapon being used and some jewelry taken during the robbery. As far as I recall, no specific description of the weapon or the jewelry was reported in the papers. The clerk had described the weapon as a Glock handgun, but I don’t believe this information was ever provided to the press. I don’t have transcripts of my press conferences. 14. Berkman continued to contact me with information Berkman believed was pertinent. Most of the time, Berkman would contact me on my cell phone. On many occasions, Berkman would show up at DCSD to speak with me. In fact, it became a running gag around the department that I had a “Junior Detective” helping me solve the crime. On one occasion when Berkman
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