But another witness testified in court the previous day, on Thursday, that he heard a different story. This witness was reserve deputy David Katz, leader of a search and rescue team. Katz had also walked to the scene of the accident and had been told by his supervisor not to take pictures.
When Katz arrived at the scene, with debris and body parts everywhere, he saw a uniformed sheriff’s deputy doing just that—taking pictures.
“I did tell him that my supervisor told me not to take pictures,” Katz testified on Thursday.
Johnson replied that he had already taken pictures.
“Didn’t he tell you he took more than 100 photos?” asked Jerome Jackson, Chester’s attorney.
“I believe he said that,” Katz replied.
On Friday, Johnson denied taking that many photos. After Bryant’s attorney confronted him in court about Versales’ contradictory statement, Johnson addressed the matter again under friendlier questions from the county’s chief attorney, Mira Hashmall.
This time he said, “I think it was Deputy Versales I spoke to on my cell phone.” He added that he also received a request from someone over the command post’s portable radio to document the scene with photos, but that it may not have been Versales.