Excerpt from book by Shanna Hogan
“Why Matt McCartney won’t take the stand.”
Before the trial there were several hearings in 2010 & 2011 which Matt McCartney attended in open court. He testified that the letters were real and written by Travis. The defense used these letters to build their self-defense claim and paint Travis as a pedophile. Experts later said these were forgeries. I have been careful not to say Matt McCartney forged anything. I have only said he was involved in getting these letters to the attorneys. On a side note, Martinez told McCartney that if he testified about those letters during her trial,that he would have him up on charges of perjury before his feet hit the ground.
Note: during the penalty retrial it emerged that in fact it was NOT true that “Experts later said these were forgeries”.
This minute entry dated May 25, 2011, suggests pressure was put on Matt:
“This is the time set for Oral Argument on the Defendant’s Motion to Compel any and all materials related to the attempted interrogation of Matt McCartney and the Motion to Compel the Notes of Detective Flores.”
“Argument is presented regarding the Motion to Compel any and all materials related to the attempted interrogation of Matt McCartney. IT IS ORDERED granting the Motion with regarding to notes.”
His own expert did not say those letters were forged,” Nurmi said. Instead, Nurmi claimed, the expert only said they could not be authenticated because they were copies.
See also Travis Letter