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Lead CPD detective in Jussie Smollett case testifies 'the alleged hate crime was actually a staged event'

1 month ago   |   By WGN TV

CHICAGO - The first day of testimony in the criminal trial of former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett concluded Tuesday after the lead detective in the case spent more than eight hours on the witness stand.
Michael Theis, now the assistant director of the Chicago Police Department's Research and Development Division, was the primary investigator when Smollett reported to police that he was the victim of a hate crime in Streeterville on a frigid night in January 2019.
Theis, while being questioned by attorney Samuel Mendenhall of the special prosecutor's office, said that police spent...
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Jury sees video of Jussie Smollett in ‘dry run' a day before alleged hate attack

Jury sees video of Jussie Smollett in ‘dry run' a day before alleged hate attack

1 month ago   |   By New York Post

Jussie Smollett was caught on surveillance video doing a "dry run" one day before his alleged hate crime attack, prosecutors said at his trial in Chicago Tuesday.
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