On February 3, 1998, SA Strope, in furtherance of the investigation into the death of Lisa
McPherson, compiled information from the case file concerning Lisa’s stay at the Ft. Harrison
Hotel from November 18, 1995 to December 5, 1995.
A meeting that was attended at the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office (PCSAO) by SA Strope and Clearwater Police Department (CPD) Det. Sgt. Wayne Andrews resulted in a request that facts concerning the possibility that Lisa was held against her will be gleaned and written up in a report.
SA Strope and Det. Sgt. Andrews found the following references to Lisa’s confinement at the Ft. Harrison Hotel:
On April 3, 1997, Laura Arrunada testified at deposition as a result of a SAO subpoena.
Ms. Arrunada said under oath (on page 42 of her deposition) that a security guard was posted outside of Lisa’s room.
On March 18, 1997, Rita Boykin testified at a deposition as the result of a SAO subpoena.
Ms. Boykin testified under oath that the door to Lisa’s room was kept locked. She said on page 79 of the transcript of her deposition “Well, I’ll tell you my idea of why the door was locked. I would hate for another person to come along and see this woman screaming and gouging herself, her face, a mess.”
Ms. Boykin also testified that security guards were posted outside of Lisa’s room (page 79, transcript).
Ms. Boykin was asked by her attorney, John Lauro, “When you (Boykin) were there, did you ever hear or discuss with anybody taking her (Lisa) to a hospital?” Rita Boykin answered “No”. This testimony can be found on page 88, lines 4-7.
On March 25, 1997, Alfonso Barcenas testified as a result of a SAO subpoena. Mr. Barcenas is one of two security guards that were posted outside of Lisa’s room 24 hours per day (deposition transcript, page 31, line 20 and page 41, lines 5-6).
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