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Transcripts

NC Supreme Court Opinion

Supreme Court ruling in Scott's favour sending the appeal back to the MAR court for a full evidentiary hearing over the legal failure at trial

Writ of Certiorari 2019

Writ of Certiorari under consideration by the NC Supreme Court

Brief 2019

Brief submitted by the defense pertaining to the appeal in front of the NC Supreme Court

Video Interview Vanessa Smith 2021

Interview given by Vanessa shortly before her death where she talks about her struggle to get anyone to help her to put things right

Transcript of Video Call with Vanessa S

Transcript of a video call with Vanessa S. in which she openly talks about her testimony being the result of having been pressured by law enforcement.

Questionnaire filled in by Vanessa S

A questionnaire filled in by Vanessa S., talking about her false statements made in 1999.

Agreement State Smith 2000

Agreement between the State of North Carolina in exchange for her testimon y against Scott

First Police Statement given by Vanessa S. in 1999

First statement to the police by Vanessa S. 10th August 1999

Second Police Statement by Vanessa S. in 1999

Second statement to the police by Vanessa S.

Trial Court Transcript Vanessa S.

Statement at the trial by Vanessa S.

Letter Vanessa S.

Letter Vanessa wrote to Scott in 2000, nearly one year after they had been arrested.

Letter Vanessa Pre Trial

Verified handwritten letter sent to Scott whilst awaiting trial stating clearly 'we are innocent'

Recantation Vanessa S 1994

Vanessa Smith already had accused Scott of a crime in an earlier case before. This is her recantation of that accusation in which she details that her initial statement was partially drafted by the police.

Affidavit Gregg O. McCrary 2015

Expert opinion by a former FBI agent. Concluding the police investigation was sub standard and the murder could not have possibly have happened in the way described by the main witness, Vanessa S.

Court Transcript DA and Judge conversation 2003

Transcript of a conversation between the trial judge and the prosecution, outside the presence of the jury wherein the judge quite accurately summarizes the prosecutions case as a 'joke'

Supplemental Motion for Appropriate Relief 2013

Supplemental Motion adding additional legal arguments to the MAR from 2007.

Motion For Appropriate Relief 2007

While not complete, the MAR and SMAR from 2007 and 2013 are the legal documents that give the most comprehensive summary of Scott's case and what went wrong with it.

Court Transcript from December 2018 Annotated

Transcript of a court hearing from 2018. Subject matter is Scott's attempt to replace his attorneys. The document also gives a brief overview what has happened in Scott's hearings up to that point. It also gives a glimpse of how difficult it is to get evidence in front of the court

Hearing Transcript Oldham 2018

Transcript of Pierre Oldham's testimony exploring his failings at trial

Hearing Transcript Dr Herfkens

Transcript of Dr Herfkens' testimony on her professional opinion of Vanessa Smith's mental health history

Hearing Transcript Lois Lawson 2018

Transcript of Lois Lawson's testimony detailing her then husband's motive to harm Gailey, Vanessa's anger toward Scott at leaving her for Kelly Racobs and the fact that neither of his trial attorneys asked her to tesify

Hearing Transcript Christina Chamberlain 2018

Transcript of Christina Chamberlain testimony of Scott staying overnight at her house on the night of the shooting

Hearing Transcript Atkinson 2018

Transcript of Atkinson testimony admitting to knowing of Scott's alibi or the night of shooting, and the letter from Vanessa stating his innocence, but failing to use either

Affidavit Kelly Racobs 2014

Affidavit of Kelly Racobs, detailing Vanessa's escalating anger prior to accusing Scott of Chris Gailey's murder

Affidavit Robert Johnson 2012

Affidavit of Robert Johnson contradicting Vanessa's timeline, her story that Scott was armed that night, and identifying another individual with motive to harm Chris Gailey in the woods ont he night of the mrder

Affidavit Lois Lawson 2012

Affidavit of Lois Lawson in which she talks about her then husband leaving their house armed and angry on the night of the shooting

Affidavit Joyce Allen 2012

Affidavit of Scott's ex wife showing Vanessa's state of mind at the time she accused Scott of the murder

Affidavit Joseph B Loflin 2012

Affidavit confirming Christina Chamberlain's account of Scott spending the night of the shooting at her house

Affidavit by Christina F. in 2012

Christina found Scott asleep on her couch when coming home from work at approx. 1:00 am. Vanessa S. claims Scott was in the forest, throwing rocks at the wounded Chris G. for the whole night (until sunrise). She was not asked to testify in Scott's trial.

Affidavit of Kelly R. in 2014

Kelly R. was the woman for which Scott had left Vanessa S.; Kelly recounts various calls by Vanessa S. as well as one surprise visit at her house, shortly before Vanessa S. went to the police and testified against Scott.

Affidavit Larry S. in 2012

Former husband of Vanessa S. His affidavit gives insight into Vanessa's state of mind after Scott left her for Kelly R.

Affidavit Juror 1 2010

Affidavit of Juror 1 expressing reservations over Vanessa's veracity and confirming Scott had been shackled in view of the jury

Affidavit Alternate Juror 2010

Affidavit of Alternate juror expressing reservations over the State's case, the lack of effective cross examination, and the fact that the jury saw Scott shackled in the courtroom

Video Footage of Wesley Hopkins at the crime scene (I)

One of a series of video clips where Wesley Hopkins and his father talk to Scott's post conviction counsel about the discrepencies between the crime scene as discovered and the state's version of events

Video Footage of Wesley Hopkins at the crime scene (II)

One of a series of video clips where Wesley Hopkins and his father talk to Scott's post conviction counsel about the discrepencies between the crime scene as discovered and the state's version of events

Video Footage of Wesley Hopkins at the crime scene (III)

One of a series of video clips where Wesley Hopkins and his father talk to Scott's post conviction counsel about the discrepencies between the crime scene as discovered and the state's version of events

Video Transcript Wesley Hopkins (I)

Video Transcript (I)

Video Transcript Wesley Hopkins (II)

Video Transcript (II)

Video Transcript Wesley Hopkins (III)

Video Transcript (III)

Affidavit Wesley Hopkins 2007

Affidavit of Wesley Hopkins, who discovered Gailey's body, detailing how the crime scene photos shown at trial were incorrect

Affidavit Dolly Ponds 2007

Affidavit of Vanessa Smith's pre-trial cellmate detailing her erratic and unstable behaviour, her conflicting stories and how she manipulated her way out of jail

Letter Troy Spencer 2003

Letter to Scott's attorney by Vanessa's partner in 2003. Troy S. describes how Vanessa brags about getting rid of Scott and threatens to do the same to Troy. Scott's attorney never followed up on the letter

Affidavit Troy Spencer 2012

Affidavit by Troy S., describing his relationship with Vanessa S. and how she repeatedly bragged about making Scott's life hell – and how she claimed to have committed the murder herself

Affidavit by Tanzy L. in 2007

Witness for the night of the murder. Statements contradict Vanessa S.' recount of the events.

Affidavit by Dustin M. in 2007

Dustin M. recounts that, during the investigation as well as during the trial, the police and the prosecution were pushing him into saying things that were not true.

Affidavit by John F. Warren III. in 2007

Expert opinion by a psychologist, asked to assess documents about Vanessa S.' stays in drug treatment centers as well as other available information on her mental health.

Court Transcript Jeffrey P. 2003

Transcript of Jeffrey P.'s testimony at the trial in 2003.

Court Transcript Catha W. 2003

Transcript of deputy Catha W.'s testimony at the trial in 2003.

Court Transcript McIver 2003

Transcript of detective McIver's's testimony at the trial in 2003.

Court Transcript Dr. Butts

Transcript of Dr. Butts' testimony at the trial in 2003.

Court Transcript John B.

Transcript of John B.'s testimony at the trial in 2003.

Court Transcript Barry B. Part 1

First transcript of Lieutnant Barry B.'s testimony at the trial in 2003.

Court Transcript Barry B. Part 2

Second transcript of Lieutnant Barry B.'s testimony at the trial in 2003.

Court Transcript Lilly E.

Transcript of Lilly E's testimony at the trial in 2003.

Court Transcript Dustin M. in 2003

Friend of Chris G.; Had been in a fight with Chris that involved a knife just shortly before the murder.

Court Transcript Poole

Transcript of Lieutenant Poole's testimony at the trial in 2003.

Court Transcript Robert J.

Transcript of Robert J's testimony at the trial in 2003.

Statement by Tanzy L. in 1999

Witness for the night of the murder. Statements contradict Vanessa S.' recount of the events.

Statement by Robert J. in 1999

Witness for the night of the murder. Statements contradict Vanessa S.' recount of the events.

Interview Danny L. in 1999

Husband of Tanzy L.; Owner of the car Chris G., Vanessa S. and Scott left in at the night of the murder.

Statement Jeffrey Page 1999

Statement made by Jeffrey Page in November 1999. This significantly differs from his initial interview, and includes a number of convenient details not present in his earlier statement

Interview Jeffrey Page 1999

Initial Interview conducted with Jeffrey Page 27th October 1999. Notable for it's complete contradiction of his 3rd November statement

Agreement State Page 2003

Agreement between the State of North Carolina and Jeffrey Page in exchange for his testimony against Scott

Statement Jamie Fender 2000

Interview with Jamie Fender in which he admits to being angry, armed and out looking for Scott on the night of the shooting

Summary of Kristian Allen's interview with Jamie Fender

Summary of Kristian Allen's interview with Jamie Fender

Autopsy Report and Related Documents

Autopsy report and other documents (e. g. crime scene report).

Lab Report 1999

Lab report detailing the little analysis that was done on the evidence found at the crime scene. Although the knife appears to have been sent for further testing, either none was done or the results were of no use to the prosecution

Receipt Byron

Receipt showing Scott was far away when Chris G.'s credit card was used

Checking Statement of Chris G.'s Credit Card

Statement showing when and where the credit card was used after Chris G. was murdered. Security tapes showed people that remain unidentified to this day. Reports, if Vanessa S. was seen on the tapes vary. The tapes got damaged in police custody and are not available anymore.

Transcript - Criminal Session Dec 18

Transcript of a session in which Scott's attempt to relieve his lawyers is being discussed. This transcript also gives some insight in what happened during the hearings that were going on throughout 2018.

Letter Unti 2014 - Surveillance Tapes

Letter to Scott by his attorney, Mr. Unti. Attached to the letter are some court transcripts in which surveillance tapes are being discussed. These tapes show the faces of people using an ATM machine during the time frame in which the victim's credit card was used. The tapes neither showed Vanessa nor Scott using the credit card (contrary to Vanessa's statement). We also get a glimpse in how evidence was mishandled by the police (the ATM tapes got lost in police custody).

Letter Unti McCrary Report Summary

Letter from Scott's post conviction counsel summarizing Greg McCrary's report

Letter Unti Errors in Testing 2014

Letter from Scott's post conviction counsel discussing errors and omissions in the crime scene investigation and testing

Letter Unti ME Report Inconsistencies

Letter from Scott's post conviction counsel discussing differences in the original Medical Examiner's Report and what the Medical Examiner listed on the Death Certificate

Hearing Ruling 2017

Ruling dismissing claims raised in the SMAR

Post Hearing Brief 2017

Defense brief following August 25th 2017 limited evidentiary hearing

Motion of Continuance 2017

Motion of continuance of the evidentiary hearing that was subsequently cancelled with no explanation

Letter Unti Case Description to Jordan

Letter to Scott's daughter explaining the matters contained in the Motion for Appropriate Relief