Longtime Kwame Kilpatick pal Erik Rayford, who is testifying for the ex-mayor, could face questions from prosecutors about a city deal revealed in text messages.
Rayford’s name surfaced in text messages obtained by federal prosecutors from April 2003.
Kilpatrick and his ex-mistress Christine Beatty exchanged texts in April 2003 about a deal to build a new police headquarters.
In one text, Kilpatrick said he picked Rayford and another man to bid on a piece of the contract.
Beatty was surprised another Kilpatrick pal, contractor and co-defendant Bobby Ferguson, wasn’t up for the job.
“Bobby wanted to strategically lose a major bid,” Kilpatrick wrote in the April 16, 2003, text message. “He will be on this one at bid time.”
Plans for a new police headquarters never materialized during Kilpatrick’s tenure. The city currently is renovating the former MGM Grand Casino, which will become the new police headquarters.