McFarland case delayed until August

PASADENA
- Police in Pasadena have failed to turn over vital evidence in the
Kelvin “Sgt. Mac” McFarland case, causing two delays this week in
the criminal court proceedings, according to the suspect’s
attorney.

McFarland,
40, is a Pasadena juvenile boot camp operator accused of kidnapping,
child abuse, false imprisonment, extortion and unlawful use of badge.

Investigators
have presented nothing in the way of discovery,” Paparian, a former
Mayor of Pasadena, said. “When (the police) interrogate somebody
they tape record the interview. I requested those tapes. I haven’t
received (the tapes) yet.”

McFarland
heads back to court Aug. 1.

Paparian
said the responsibility lies solely with the Pasadena Police
Department and not with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s
Office prosecutors.

It’s
not a prosecution issue. I have worked with Carolina Lugo and I think
highly of her…The problem is with the police department and I don’t
know why,” he said.

Pasadena
Police Chief Philip Sanchez said he did not have “intimate
knowledge of the case,” but added that any request by attorneys to
obtain interrogation tapes is normally honored.

McFarland
became embroiled in controversy after he was arrested for a May 16
incident where he allegedly handcuffed a 14-year-old and drove her to
the home of a relative.

Police
allege McFarland threatened to take the girl to a juvenile detention
center for being truant if the family failed to pay him $100 as a
deposit for enrollment into his Family First Growth Camp, a
Pasadena-based juvenile boot camp the money.

He
pleaded not guilty in June.

During
a contentious preliminary hearing in June, Paparian attempted to
impeach the credibility of the young victim in the case, dubbed Lady
M in court.

On
the first day of preliminary hearing testimony, Lady M failed to pick
McFarland out in court despite the fact that he was sitting less than
30 feet from her.

He
has also questioned her whether she was truthful with her parents and
other adults on the day of the May 16 incident.

Paparian
put in a request for the victim’s school records with the Pasadena
Unified School District. The PUSD provided Paparian with those
documents, he said.

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