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Sarah Ann Haith, Witness for the State's Rebuttal


 

MR. PANOSH: Sarah Haith, please.

SARAH ANN HAITH, being first duly sworn, testified as follows during DIRECT EXAMINATION by MR. PANOSH:

Q    Would you state your name for the ladies and gentlemen of the jury and the Court, please.

A    My name is Sarah Ann Haith.

Q    And Ms. Haith, where do you work?

A    Gospel Tabernacle United Holiness Church day-care.

Q    And what city is that?

A    Burlington.

Q    Now, going back to October the 9th of 1995, do you remember where you were living?

A    Yes.

Q    Where were you living, ma'am?

A    713 Oakley Street in Graham.

Q    And do you remember being neighbors with Ms. Jeffers?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    And where did Ms. Jeffers live in relationship to your -- was it an apartment?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    -- in relationship to your apartment?


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A    The first apartment before you get to the 713. I think it was 711.

Q    Okay. And were you and she acquainted?

A    Yes.

Q    And did there come a time when you met Rodney Woodberry through her?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    And was Rodney Woodberry living with her?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    And drawing your attention to that day, October the 9th of 1995, do you remember where Rodney was?

A    He was at Beverly's house.

Q    And what do you recall of that?

A    When?

Q    What do you recall about him being at Beverly's house?

A    I met him -- I was putting my son on the bus that morning, and he was putting her children on the bus, and he was standing on the porch.

Q    And how long -- did there come a time when he came to your apartment?

A    To use the phone.

Q    Okay. How frequently did he come there?

A    Maybe three or four times a day.

Q    And what was he calling about?

A    A job.


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Q    Did there come a time when Ms. Jeffers came back?

A    Yes.

Q    And when was that?

A    After she got off work.

Q    What time was that?

A    Around 1:30 or 2:00.

Q    And at 1:30 to 2:00, did you also come in contact with Rodney Woodberry on that day?

A    Yes.

Q    Where was he?

A    Standing on his -- on the front porch. I was getting my son off the school bus.

Q    What time did they come home?

A    My son usually arrives home between 3:30 and 4:00.

Q    And where did you see him?

A    He was standing on his front porch.

Q    Now, the children that you referred to as being Ms. Jeffers' children, how old were they?

A    Probably seven and eight. I'm not for sure.

Q    And you say they were getting on the bus, too?

A    That morning.

Q    What time did they come home, if you know?

A    Usually their bus -- they're usually home by 3:00.

Q    About how many times do you think Mr. Woodberry used the telephone on that particular occasion?


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A    About three or four times.

Q     Do you remember where he went in that evening?

A    I had a conversation with him. He said he had to go to

MR. HATFIELD: Objection.

A    -- Carolina Temporaries.

THE COURT: Sustained.

Q    You had a conversation with who?

A    Rodney Woodberry.

Q    Was that on that day, October the 9th -‑

A    Yes, sir.

Q    -- of 1995? And what did he tell you where he had to go?

A    He had to go to an interview at Carolina Temporaries about a job.

Q    Now, did there come a time when you learned of the death of Patricia Kimble?

A    Saw it on the news.

Q    And when did you see it on the news?

A    That afternoon.

Q    Was that the following day?

A    Yes.

Q    And thereafter, did you speak to Ms. Jeffers and Mr. Woodberry about their locations on that particular day?

A    About their what?


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Q    About where they were on that day?

A    No.

Q    Did there come a time when you talked to officers of the Greensboro Police -- I mean the Guilford County Sheriff's Department?

A    Yes.

Q    When was that?

A    Monday or Tuesday night, one of the two.

Q    Of this week?

A    Yes.

MR. PANOSH: No further questions. Thank you.

CROSS-EXAMINATION by MR. LLOYD:

Q    Ms. Haith -‑

A    Yes, sir.

Q    -- is it your testimony that the first time that you talked to any law-enforcement officials was on Monday or Tuesday of this week?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    And is it your testimony before this jury that you now have an independent recollection of the events of October 9, 1995?

A    They told -- he asked me questions about that day, where was Rodney at and, you know, where was I at. And which, my grandmother lives next door to them, and I was staying with her. And I remember that day, once he told me


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what this case was about. I've seen it on the news.

Q    But my question -- so the answer to my question is that you do have an independent recollection of what happened on October 9, 1995?

A    Yes.

Q    Mr. Panosh asked you earlier if you had ever talked to Rodney Woodberry or Beverly about their whereabouts before you talked to the investigators on Monday or Tuesday night of this week, and you said that you had not; is that true?

A    No, I haven't.

Q    All right. So your testimony is that you simply remembered in detail where Rodney Woodberry was on October the 9th of 1995, of your own independent recollection, on Tuesday of this week; is that right?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    And you independently remembered that on that day, on October 9, 1995, he used the phone three or four times; is that right?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    And you independently remembered that he had an interview with Carolina Temporary Service; is that right?

A    Uh-huh.

Q    And you independently remembered that you saw him standing on the porch at 3:30 or 4:00 p.m.; is that right?

A    No, I didn't say that. I said that he usually gets the


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boys off the bus around 3:00. My son usually comes home between 3:30 and 4:00.

Q    All right. So let me get this straight, Ms. Haith. Is your testimony now before this jury that you don't remember or don't have an independent recollection of seeing Rodney Woodberry at 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. on the day of October 9, 1995?

A    I didn't see him that afternoon around 3:30 or 4:00. I went to get my son off the bus. I don't know if he was at home then or not, but he usually gets the boys off the bus at 3:00.

Q    Okay. So you don't know where he was in the afternoon hours; is that what you're telling the jury?

A    Yes, sir.

Q    All right. Did you say "yes, sir"?

A    (The witness nodded her head up and down.)

Q    All right. So is it your testimony now before this jury, Mrs. Haith, that you don't have any independent recollection of seeing Rodney Woodberry on October 9, 1995, nearly three years ago, in the afternoon?

A    I didn't see him that afternoon.

Q    All right.

MR. LLOYD: That's all I have, Your Honor.

REDIRECT EXAMINATION by MR. PANOSH:

Q    When was it that he was using the phone at your


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apartment?

A    That morning.

Q    What time did he say he had the interview?

A    He said that it was around 6:00 or 7:00.

MR. PANOSH: No further.

THE COURT: Step down, ma'am. (The witness left the witness stand.)

 

 

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