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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. X - Page 51« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Carlos Bringuier)

Mr. Liebeler.
I want to thank you very much for spending the time that you have with us and for cooperating with us the way you have. You have been very helpful. On behalf of the Commission, I want to thank you very much.

Francis L. Martello

Testimony of Francis L Martello

The testimony of Francis L. Martello was taken on April 7-8, 1964, at the Old Civil Courts Building, Royal and Conti Streets, New Orleans, La., by Mr. Wesley J. Liebeler, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.

Francis L. Martello, having been first duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows:

Mr. Liebeler.
My name is Wesley J. Liebeler. I am a member of the legal staff of the President's Commission investigating the assassination of President Kennedy. Staff members have been authorized to take the testimony of witnesses by the Commission pursuant to authority granted to the Commission by Executive Order No. 11130, dated November 29, 1963 and joint resolution of Congress No. 137.
I understand that Mr. Rankin wrote to you last week advising you that we would be in touch with you concerning the taking of your testimony, and that enclosed with the letter were copies of Executive Order No. 11130, and joint resolution of Congress No. 137, as well as a copy of the rules of procedure adopted by the Commission governing the taking of testimony of witnesses. Is that correct?
Mr. Martello.
That is correct.
Mr. Liebeler.
The general area of our inquiry of you, Lieutenant Martello, relates to the information received by the Commission that you interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald some time in August of 1963 after he had been arrested by the New Orleans Police Department as a result of his activities in connection with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Before I get into the details of that testimony, however, would you please state your full name for the record?
Mr. Martello.
Francis L. Martello, lieutenant, New Orleans Police Department?
Mr. Liebeler.
What is your residence, sir?
Mr. Martello.
7921 Maple Street, New Orleans, La.
Mr. Liebeler.
How long have you been with the New Orleans Police Department?
Mr. Martello.
Fifteen years and nine months.
Mr. Liebeler.
Where were you born?
Mr. Martello.
In New Orleans.
Mr. Liebeler.
And you have resided in New Orleans basically all of your life? Is that right?
Mr. Martello.
Mr. Liebeler.
What assignments have you had with the New Orleans Police Department generally over the period that you have been.
Mr. Martello.
For 6 years I was assigned to patrol, precincts, and districts. For the next 6 years I was assigned as an instructor at the New Orleans Police Academy. For the following 2 years I was the deputy commander of the Intelligence Division of the New Orleans Police Department, and since that time I have been a platoon commander in the First District Police Station.
Mr. Liebeler.
Did there come a time in August of 1963 when you heard or heard of or became acquainted with Lee Harvey Oswald?
Mr. Martello.
That is correct. He was arrested on Canal Street on a Friday, the Friday prior to my interview, and upon coming to work on Saturday morning, as a routine matter I checked the arrest records, noted the charge, observed some placards marked as evidence, saw that they were signed by the Fair Play for Cuba [Committee], and decided to interview the person who I later found out was Lee Harvey Oswald, the subject who was arrested.
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