Prosper police testify in Deion Sanders protective issue



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Posted on May 3, 2012 at 11:38 PM

MCKINNEY - Pilar Sanders wore a brace for her bandaged right hand as she arrived at the Collin County Courthouse on Thursday. Neither she nor Deion made statements to reporters, because Judge Ray Wheless issued a gag order.

In court, Deion's attorneys painted Pilar as physically abusive to her children and angry. But her attorneys said Deion cheated on her early into their marriage and was an absentee father.

First on the stand were the three Prosper police officers who responded to the Sanders home on April 23 after a fight between the two where Deion called 911.

"[Deion] told me he was concerned for his safety," Ofc. Barrett Morris testified.

"From a 120-pound woman?" Pilar's attorney Pete Schulte asked. "Did you find that odd?"

"No sir," Morris replied. "Because people can use weapons."

"Did you think Mrs. Sanders was going to kill Deion?" Schulte continued.

"I had no idea," Morris said.

But Schulte pointed out a problem in the police investigation - Prosper police officers noticed blood on the floor at the Sanders home, but never photographed or tested it before someone cleaned it up.

Schulte quizzed another officer about it.

"Did you investigate that as tampering with evidence?" he asked.

"No," Ofc. John Gardner responded. "I guess I was focusing on something else."

"We had a good day in court, but the judge has asked us to continue to honor the gag order," said Larry Friedman, Pilar's lead attorney.

An attorney appointed to represent the couple's three children described the Sanders home as a combat zone.

Testimony resumes at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Deion and Pilar are both asking for protective orders against each other.