Detectives learned that Tito Lopez did not speak English and arranged to have an interpreter present during the conversation, the report states. According to the report, Lopez apparently confirmed later in the interview that he had lived on Harmon Road, in the area of Davis Creek.
Lopez said he did not know Lester, and refused to discuss any topic associated with drug dealing.
Several other people close to the case confirmed in interrogations that Lopez and Lester knew each other well, according to transcripts of those interrogations. At least one person said the two men seemed to have a "good relationship."
Last month, Bloom sentenced Lester to 40 years in prison for his involvement in the killing of Jeanie Patton, who was shot in the head outside a Campbells Creek gas station on Aug. 14, 2003.
She was the second of three Kanawha County residents killed that month with a scoped .22-caliber Magnum Marlin rifle. Okey Meadows Jr. was shot the same night as Patton, outside a Cedar Grove Go-Mart. Gary Carrier Jr. was killed outside a Go-Mart on Bigley Avenue in Charleston four days earlier.
Lester originally faced first-degree murder charges in all three deaths. When he agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder in Patton's death, prosecutors dropped the other charges.
Police say Carrier and Patton's husband, Marty Walker, stole an engine block from Lester's garage on Rutledge Road that contained hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare, pink methamphetamine that belonged to Lopez.
Lester allegedly targeted Carrier and Patton in retaliation for the theft. Meadows was killed at random, to throw off the investigation, police said.
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