DIRECT EXAMINATION by Mr. Norman:
Q Now, Mr. Melia, inviting your attention to November the 27th last year, a Monday, sometime in the morning, were you in your office of Room 62 at City Hall?
A Yes, I was.
Q On that particular day did you have occasion sometime in the morning, after 9:00 o'clock, to see a person who later became known to you, or whom you recognized, as Mr. Daniel White?
A Yes, sir, I did.
Q Tell the members of the jury what time this was, to the best of your recollection?
A At approximately 10:30 I noticed a white male passing my window in a light tan suit on the McAllister Street ramp. A few minutes later I noticed what I believed to be the same person passing by this window again.
Q What did the person appear to be doing?
Q Now, did you see, or did you become aware of any other circumstance which involved this particular same person whom you initially had observed?
A At approximately 10:30 I heard the window in the adjoining laboratory being opened. There were only two people in our office at that time. I heard someone jump to the floor and then running through the adjoining room. I looked up and caught a glance of a man in a suit running past the doorway of my office into the City Hall hallway.
Q What did you do?
A I got up from my desk and called after him, "Hey, wait a second."
Q Did that person wait or stop?
A Yes, they did… he came back in from the hallway back into-back into the laboratory, back into my office. . .
Q Do you see that person here in this courtroom today?
A It's Dan White.
Q Was there some discussion had between you and Mr. Dan White?
Well, as I said before, I called after him and said, "Hey, wait a
second." He came back in and said to me, "I had to get in. My aide was supposed to
come down and let me in the side door, but never showed up." I had
taken exception to the way he had entered our office, and I replied,
"And you are?" And he replied, "I’m Dan White, the City Supervisor."
said, "Say I’ve got to go," and with that he turned and he ran out of
CROSS-EXAMINATION by Mr. Schmidt:
by Mr. Schmidt:
Q Have you seen City Hall personnel entering through that door?
A Yes, I have.
Q All right. Specifically, have you seen Supervisors enter through that door?
A Quite common. This is their parking area.
Q Those persons generally have keys to that door, is that correct?
A Yes, they do.
Q Did he explain to you that he was waiting for his aide who hadn't shown up?
A Yes, he had.
Q Do you think that you saw him pacing out there about five minutes? Would that be fair?
Q Had you ever seen anyone else enter or exit through that window or those windows along that side?
A. Yes, I had.
Q In fact, that's fairly common, is it not?
A It was common for individuals that worked in our office to do that.
Q It was a window that you could step through with some ease. It was large enough, is that correct?
Q Were you alarmed when you learned that a Supervisor crawled or walked through that window?
A Yes, I was.
Q All right. Once you saw that it was Dan White, he did identify himself, did he not?
A Yes, he did.
Q And that was after you had called to him?
A Right. I called for him to wait.
Q He did wait. In fact, he returned to your office?
A He returned to my office.
Q And at that point he identified himself as Dan White?
A Yes, he did.
Q That window prior to November 27th, 1978 was unlocked and generally kept open for ventilation, is that fair?
A That's accurate, right.
Q You mentioned that he appeared to be in somewhat of a hurry. Did he say he had an appointment with anyone? Was going to see anyone in particular?
A The last words that he said was, "Hey, I got to go."
Q I have nothing further. Thank you.