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.