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Timeline in Kobe Bryant Case

July 18, 2003|Lance Pugmire and Steve Henson | Times Staff Writers

EAGLE, Colo. — These are the key events involving the arrest of Laker star Kobe Bryant on allegations he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old Eagle woman, pieced together by Times reporters who examined hotel records and conducted interviews with sheriff's and crime lab investigators, law enforcement officials, hotel executives and employees, witnesses and other sources. The times, listed in Mountain time, in some cases are approximations.

June 30

* Afternoon -- Without informing the Lakers, Bryant takes a private flight to Eagle, where he has made arrangements to undergo an arthroscopic surgical procedure on his right knee at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in nearby Vail. The team had been expecting to meet with Bryant to discuss the problems he was having with tendinitis in the knee.

* 10 p.m. -- Bryant and three male associates check in at the 56-room Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, a small town about halfway between Eagle and Vail. Bryant uses the alias, "Javier Rodriguez" and is assigned a first-floor room at the end of a long hall. The room next door is vacant. The room for his associates, at least two of whom are bodyguards, is registered to Michael Ortiz and it is located on the third floor.

* 10:15 p.m. -- Bryant mills around the lobby, largely ignored by hotel employees who have been trained to respect the privacy of celebrity guests.

* 11 p.m. -- A 19-year-old woman who works for the hotel as a concierge and receptionist goes off duty.

* 11:13 p.m. -- A phone call lasting a few minutes is placed from Bryant's room to what is believed to be his Newport Beach home, where his wife, Vanessa, and young daughter are staying.

* Before midnight: Bryant's accuser goes to his room and stays for an undetermined length of time, according to several hotel employees. Sources differ on the precise time she went to the room.

July 1

* 12:36 a.m. -- A pay-per-view movie is ordered in Bryant's room.

* Morning -- Bryant undergoes arthroscopy at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, which will not divulge the time of the procedure.

* Noon -- Accompanied by her parents, Bryant's accuser reports the alleged sexual assault to the Eagle County Sheriff's Department and is taken to Vail Valley Medical Center to undergo tests.

* 2-5 p.m. -- Bryant returns from knee surgery and limps through the lobby toward his room. Later, he and his associates lounge in the lobby, playing chess, chatting and tipping well for their food and drink orders.

* 8:50 p.m. -- A room service order of $39.01 is placed from Bryant's room.

* 11:10 p.m. -- Although room service normally ends at 10:30 p.m., an order of $20.66 is placed from Bryant's room.

* 11:30 p.m. -- Eagle County Sheriff's investigators arrive at the Lodge & Spa to interview Bryant and collect evidence from his room. Investigators tell hotel security personnel they are not needed.

July 2

* 2:30 a.m. -- Bryant is taken in a sheriff's patrol car from the Lodge & Spa to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, 52 miles away. His three associates follow in a taxi van, appearing "nervous and anxious," according to driver Terry O'Brien. One tells O'Brien he had to pick up "a friend" having "the worst day of his life." Meanwhile, sheriff's investigators retrieve a hotel computer printout of Bryant's room purchases and phone records and tell employees not to speak publicly about the incident.

* 3 a.m. -- Bryant provides samples of DNA at Valley View Hospital. In an effort to protect his privacy, he is tested at the Glenwood Springs facility rather than the much closer medical center in Vail.

* 3:30 a.m. -- Bryant leaves the hospital and departs in a taxi with his associates. He covers his head with a towel and O'Brien is asked to keep the interior lights off so Bryant cannot be identified.

* 4:15 a.m. -- Bryant and his associates check into the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.

* 5 a.m. -- One of Bryant's associates returns to the Lodge & Spa to recover Bryant's luggage and belongings. He returns to the Hotel Colorado at 5:45 a.m.

* 9:11 a.m. -- Bryant is billed $50 by the Lodge & Spa for a manicure appointment he fails to keep because he checked out of the hotel earlier than expected.

* 7:15 p.m. -- Bryant and associates leave the Hotel Colorado and take a flight back to Southern California, having been told, his attorneys say, that no arrest warrant will be issued or criminal charges filed until July 7, after the three-day Independence Day weekend.

July 3

* 5:30 p.m. -- Eagle County Sheriff Joseph Hoy obtains an arrest warrant from district judge Russell Granger, sparking controversy because he did not go through the usual step of having it signed off by the district attorney, Mark D. Hurlbert.

July 4

* Morning -- Bryant's Colorado-based attorney, Pamela Mackey, contacts him by phone in California and says, "You need to come and turn yourself in right now."

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