Defense probes $100K given to Carlita Kilpatrick

 Kwame and Carlita Kilpatrick check in  with their three sons at the American Airlines ticket counter at Detroit Metro on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. (Velvet S. McNeil / The Detroit News)

Kwame and Carlita Kilpatrick check in with their three sons at the American Airlines ticket counter at Detroit Metro on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. (Velvet S. McNeil / The Detroit News)

Kwame Kilpatrick’s wife, former First Lady Carlita Kilpatrick, is an intelligent woman whose interest in helping children was  important work in Detroit, star witness Derrick Miller agreed Thursday.

The admission came during cross examination by defense lawyer James C. Thomas about more than $100,000 in state grant money allegedly steered to Carlita Kilpatrick’s company U.N.I.T.E. by her husband.

“Her work was important work, would you agree?” Thomas asked Miller.

“Did I feel like it was important work? Yes,” Miller said.

Prosecutors say there was little work performed for the money.

The money was steered to Carlita Kilpatrick’s company by her husband in 2000, when Kwame Kilpatrick was a state lawmaker, according to testimony.

The money was supposed to be for teaching peer mediation to children. Instead, Carlita Kilpatrick received $91,000 in salary, prosecutors allege.

From the indictment:

Carlita Kilpatrick was not charged in the indictment.

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at rsnell@detnews.com or (313) 222-2028.