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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. XII - Page 92« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of M. W. Stevenson)

Mr. Hubert.
This is the deposition of Assistant Deputy Chief M. W. Stevenson of the Dallas Police Department.

Mr. Stevenson, my name Leon Hubert. I am a member of the advisory staff of the general counsel of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy.
Under the provisions of Executive Order 11130, dated November 29, 1963, joint resolution of Congress No. 137, and the rules of procedure adopted by the Commission in conformance with the Executive order and the joint resolution, I have been authorized to take a sworn deposition from you.
Mr. Stevenson, I state to you now, that the general nature of the Commission's inquiry is to ascertain, evaluate, and report upon the facts relating to the assassination of President Kennedy and the subsequent violent death of Lee Harvey Oswald, and in particular as to you, Mr. Stevenson, the nature of the inquiry today is to determine what facts you know about the death of Oswald and any other pertinent facts that you may know about the general inquiry.
Mr. Stevenson, you have appeared here today by virtue of a general request made by the general counsel of the staff of the President's Commission.
Under the rules adopted by the Commission, you are entitled to a 3-day written notice prior to the taking of this deposition. But the rules provide also that a witness may waive this notice of the taking of his deposition. Are you willing to waive this notice in time ?
Mr. Stevenson.
I am; yes, sir.
Mr. Hubert.
Now, will you rise and be sworn, please.
Do you solemnly swear that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. Stevenson.
I do.
Mr. Hubert.
Will you please state your full name, your age, your residence, and your occupation, and how long you have been in that occupation ?
Mr. Stevenson.
M. W. Stevenson. I am 60 years of age. I reside at 3452 Boulder Drive. I am with the Dallas Police Department. Have been for 36 years.
Mr. Hubert.
What position do you now occupy with the Dallas Police Department ?
Mr. Stevenson.
I am deputy chief, commanding the criminal investigation division.
Mr. Hubert.
Did you hold that same position during the period November 22 to 24 of 1963 ?
Mr. Stevenson.
Yes; I did.
Mr. Hubert.
How long have you held that position?
Mr. Stevenson.
Since November of 1954.
Mr. Hubert.
Generally speaking, what are the functions of your job? What are your duties and responsibilities?
Mr. Stevenson.
I am in command of the criminal investigation division, and as such, I am responsible for the criminal investigation division of the Dallas Police Department. I coordinate the work among the five bureaus which constitute the criminal investigation division.
Mr. Hubert.
Would you state what those bureaus are, please, sir?
Mr. Stevenson.
I have a homicide and robbery bureau, an automobile theft bureau; I have a juvenile bureau; a burglary and theft bureau; and a forgery bureau.
Mr. Hubert.
Could you tell us now who was in charge of each of those bureaus during the period November 22-24, of 1963 ?
Mr. Stevenson.
Captain Fritz was in charge of the homicide bureau as the immediate supervisor. Captain Jones was in charge of the forgery bureau. Captain Nichols was off that day, and I don't know which lieutenant was on.
Mr. Hubert.
You say, "that day." I was really speaking of the 3-day period.
Mr. Stevenson.
Captain Nichols, I am sorry, was in charge of the automobile theft bureau. Capt. F. M. Martin was in charge of the juvenile bureau. Capt. W. C. Fannin was in charge of the burglary and theft bureau.
Mr. Hubert.
Just to get the record clear, insofar as Captain Nichols is concerned, you indicate he was off on I day of the 3-day period. Which day was that?
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