Melinda Coleman on Thursday provided excerpts from what she said was a secret recording of a conversation with Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert L. Rice near the end of May 2012.
Here is a partial transcript.
Coleman: I also wanted to talk to you because Im hearing things that are totally different than what youre saying, so I dont know whats going on but somebodys not telling her the truth.
We were always willing to testify. In fact, I didnt even know about the first deposition. I found out about that like a week ago the one before you dropped the initial charges? You know, the attorney that was the attorney that was in Omaha just simply wrote that one letter because someone said to him that, said that he was a prosecuting attorney ... and hed heard that (unintelligible) was going to call and get everything dropped as a favor to Barnett. And that I should have a letter sent.
So I called Mr. Sheraton and said can you write a letter, just, you know, I said, I dont know if this is all rumor, what it is, but can you just write a letter so we know
Rice: You havent missed a deposition at all. The only deposition was this one, and that was where it was explained to me that you were claiming the Fifth.
(Coleman says the rape advocate called her to tell her about her conversation with Rice.)
Coleman: What Carrie said when the psychiatrist said it wasnt good for my daughter to testify because shed already been suicidal, she said she told you that and that you said, verbatim, I dont give a s***, those mothers are going to pay.
I never said anything about you. I never wrote that stupid petition on Facebook. I wasnt going to do that.
Rice: Well, Daisy did.
Coleman: Daisy said some things? Well, she shouldnt have, and she doesnt have Facebook anymore. And I know she got pretty bitter at times. I saw a couple of things, I didnt see anything derogatory toward you.
Rice: Weve reached out toward you and said hey, this is the next stage, and we attempted to have contact with you before any sort of thing happened on any part of the case. Weve attempted to call you by telephone.
I was accused of a lot of things ... in the St. Joe paper a lot of what youre telling me is where people in the newspaper say youve done this, done this and what are you talking about?
I work this case like I work every case. We were aggressive when we filed it based on information we had at the time. Felt comfortable filing the charge. I knew that more information was coming out, but at the time, I got to make a judgment call.
Coleman: I guess the best way to get me is to call me. Im not using the guy from Omaha. He wrote the one letter. ... Im a little confused as to what (name) felt ... needed to terrify me into not testifying. So if its all right with you, Ill just talk to you directly. I dont think Somehow Im not always getting the truth. Im tired of the rumors and not getting the truth.
At least I feel if Im talking with you Im getting the truth.
Rice: (Unintelligible) Ill tell you if its bad, Ill tell you what is. Ill tell you for sure what it is ... frankly it would be great. ... Ive never, never had a criminal case before where I had to go through, with my own victim, had to go through counsel to able to talk to them. ... Anyway, well get this thing going again if youll sign this, it would be great, if not, thats OK, but well get another deposition set up, but itll probably be July. ... Id like to get it done sooner, but well just see. ... If you can get Daisy up here to talk that would be great. Well, thanks for talking to me.
Coleman: Thank you. I appreciate it.