Local 24 Exclusive: Prosecutor Raises Questions About Her Own Attack

Local 24 Exclusive: Prosecutor Raises Questions About Her Own Attack

It was a story that grabbed instant headlines, a Shelby County prosecutor brutally attacked in her own home. Or was she?
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It was a story that grabbed instant headlines, a Shelby County prosecutor brutally attacked in her own home. Or was she?

In an exclusive interview with localmemphis.com, that prosecutor, Kate Edmands, says she doesn't remember anything from that night, and doesn't know if she was attacked or accidentally fell.

"I've never had anything violent or bad, anything like that happen, other than related to work, I can't think of anybody who would want to hurt me," Edmands said.

Edmands says the last thing she remembered of her day on March 6th was a conversation with a co-worker about summer plans for their children. Edmands says her normal routine was to walk her dog after work before picking up her children at 5:30 p.m. Edmands says on that day, she was told that she showed up an hour late and couldn't remember simple things, like how to get home.

Edmands say her husband, who had been out of town caring for his sick father, initially thought it was a migraine, as did a family friend. Edmands says the next day, her husband found her with a swollen eye and head injuries and rushed her to the hospital.

"Aside from the confusion of recovering from this injury and getting out of the hospital, I was just terrified, I didn't know what to think, I didn't have any security or protection, or anything like that," Edmands said.

Edmands says whatever happened to her happened between 4:30-6:30 p.m. that evening.

Memphis Police initially investigated, but the case was then handed over to special prosecutor Michael Dunavant. Since Edmands frequently worked with Memphis Police officers, agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were called in.

"They told me somebody attacked me, and that somebody had tried to kill me, that I was raped, and they know I really remember what happened. That I wasn't really being forthcoming with them," Edmands said, recalling her first conversation with two TBI agents. "They also told me whoever did it was going to come back and kill my kids and kill me and that by my lying or not being straightforward with them, was putting my family in danger."

Edmands says her frustration grew because she couldn't remember anything that happened to her.

"Despite how much I tried to cooperate, or how much I tried to answer all of their questions truthfully, they just would always go back to, you really know what happened. And the frustration and fear of not remembering something that traumatic, is devastating in of itself," she said.

"I understand trying to get to the bottom of the investigation, if anybody would want to know what happened, it would be me, right? I'm a mother, and I love prosecuting, but I just felt like no matter how much I tried to cooperate, they just refused to believe me," she added.

On May 30th, Dunavant requested TBI close its investigation.

"At this time, the investigation has not revealed any identifiable or chargeable suspect, and therefore, no prosecution decision can be made. If new evidence or information develops in the future, the investigation will be reopened," Dunavant said in an email. "The case remains unsolved at this time."

According to emails reviewed by localmemphis.com, Weirich and Edmands met on June 6th, and Edmands was presented with a list of conditions pertaining to her continued employment with the DA's office.

After several delays, Weirich emailed Edmands on the evening of Sunday June 16th, to confirm the two would talk face to face the next morning. In that email, Weirich spells out Edmands' options, which included accepting the conditions, resigning, or be terminated.

Two minutes before that 9 a.m. meeting, Edmands emailed Weirich offering her resignation.

"I just felt like there was nothing meriting treating me in a way other then with respect and dignity," Edmands said. "I didn't do anything to deserve being attacked, I didn't deserve to have TBI turn their investigation directed at me, as if I was a suspect when they had access to everything about me."

Edmands declined to specify the conditions Weirich presented to her.

"When I had the meeting with the DA's office they asked that I not discuss anything in that meeting, that everything in that meeting was confidential," Edmands said. "Given all of the pressure and so forth that my family has been through, being concerned about TBI and the treatment of that community, I don't feel comfortable talking about what was in that meeting."

"All I know is that the details of that, given the fact they told me it was confidential, and whether or not that is, I don't know, I feel like that is between the DA's office and I, and the most important thing is that I'm going to recover, and be able to take care of my family, it has just been a really difficult 4 months," she added.

Through a spokesman, Weirich declined to comment.

Edmands says she's packing up, with plans to move to the Washington D.C. area to start her own criminal defense firm.
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