By Alexandra Cohen, CNN Contributor
The defending attorney for Ghislaine Maxwell, the former British model and Jackson Browne songwriter and her ex-husband, Dennis Wilson, has indicated that she may call more witnesses than those that the state wants to call at the trial, which is set to begin December 1 in Santa Maria, California.
Court reporter Craig Bercke explained in court Friday how the prosecutor was planning to call 33 witnesses, including 18 who would testify about the domestic violence and sexual misconduct allegations, plus another 17 witnesses who would testify about Maxwell’s alleged involvement in the murder of musician Hudson “Hutch” Morse in the early 1980s.
At a hearing last week, Asmussen indicated that he intended to call 31 witnesses, but defense attorney John Alan suggested that he will seek to call four witnesses in response.
“It might be necessary to call some witnesses you already have in mind that you have not called, and we are looking at that possibility,” Alan said at Friday’s hearing.
The defense lawyer’s statements about Maxwell’s last name and whether he plans to call court reporters who covered the 1982 trial, or the trial surrounding Hudson Morse’s death, also suggested that he wants to build a more complete case for her innocence.
“The problem with this case has been about the prosecutors and what I would say are obvious flaws in their theory,” Alan said.
He also suggested that if Maxey were going to take the stand, she “will at least answer questions,” adding that she might be a “remedial witness for the state.”
Defense attorneys for Hudson “Hutch” Morse (a.k.a. Hudson “Hutch”) claim he was murdered on November 11, 1982, for failing to pay Maxwell, Wilson, and their managers, Ray Dolby and Herb Alpert. Morse, a singer with a rock and roll following, was scheduled to meet with an individual she was dating in Hollywood’s Figueroa Hotel. However, he was later found dead in his car in a residential area near Los Angeles.
On Friday, the court heard how the four principals took turns taking the stand during the trial.
L.A. County Sheriff’s homicide detective Danny McManus testified Friday that he obtained a forensics search warrant for two short films — a 28-minute audio diary and a 54-minute silent narrative — that were discovered when prosecutors with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office reviewed Langley’s application for a public defender in the Morse murder investigation.
Maxwell and Wilson were a part of the band the Beach Boys in the 1960s and 1970s.