DOUGLAS A. TRANT
Attorney At Law
Suite 1502, Riverview Tower
900 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1810

February 10, 1999


William E. Gibson
District Attorney General
145 South Jefferson Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38501

RE: John Dedmon Tape

Dear Mr. Gibson:

I know that you are aware that John Dedmon alleges that he has a tape recording of you, Gerald Bilyeu and him at a meeting outside your office on October 27, 1997. 1 have listened to the tape recording with the voices identified by Mr. Dedmon. The part of the tape of greatest concern to me is attached to this letter(1) in which the voice he identifies as you asks him to set up Byron Looper by whatever it takes. In a videotaped interview with Mr. Dedmon, he indicates that meant for him to do anything legal or illegal to set up Byron Looper as he had done in poker machine cases for you in Crossville. It is absolutely necessary that we determine with certainty whether this tape is genuine, as Mr. Dedmon suggests or is not genuine, as you suggest. Mr. Bilyeu corroborates Mr. Dedmon. Former TBI Special Agent Butch Morris corroborates that he did come upon the three of you on that date and in that place.

In order to try to determine the real truth in this matter, I have had the tape analyzed by one of the most renowned audio tape analysts and voice identification specialists in the country, Joel Charles. Mr. Charles had for comparison a radio interview of you from a Cookeville radio station. Unfortunately, there were not enough common words for Mr. Charles to come to a definite conclusion, but he has concluded that it could well have been you and that you certainly cannot be excluded. He said in order to test the matter with more certainty he would need a voice exemplar from you. A voice exemplar could be given over the telephone and would take only a few minutes of your time for you to repeat what is said on the questioned tape in the same sequence and at Mr. Charles' direction.
 

I am writing to ask you to voluntarily submit to this voice exemplar so that this matter can be determined with certainty. If the tape is not genuine as you suggest, that would put an end to the matter if Mr. Charles agrees. If the tape is as Mr. Dedmon suggests, the court and the public should be made aware of this illegal attempt to set up Mr. Looper as well as other citizens in your district.
 

I look forward to hearing from you promptly on this matter. Be assured I do not raise it lightly but have the responsibility to pursue it so that the truth can be reached once and for all.
 

Sincerely,
 

Douglas A. Trant

DAT/dm

Enclosure

FAXED - ORIGINAL
TO FOLLOW IN THE MAIL

pc: Byron Looper
Reba Looper
Joel Charles
 
 

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1. OCTOBER 27, 1997

CONVERSATION BETWEEN JOHN DEDMON, GERARD BILYEU

AND BILL GIBSON - FORMER TBI SPECIAL AGENT BUTCH MORRIS

JOINS THEM AT THE END






Gibson: John, I got a problem I need you to take care of.

Dedmon: What's that?

Gibson: I want you to set up Byron Looper.

Dedmon: What do you mean, like what I did in Crossville?

Gibson: Yes, you know what I mean. Do whatever you gotta do; just get it done. Whatever it takes. -