A jilted ex-girlfriend of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is listed as one of several potential witnesses in his upcoming domestic violence trial sparked by a New Year’s Eve argument with his wife.
Prosecutors revealed Wednesday they also may call five of Mirkarimi’s neighbors to testify, including Ivory Madison, whose call to police earlier this month led to Mirkarimi’s arrest on three misdemeanor charges — domestic violence battery, dissuading a witness and child endangerment. He has pleaded not guilty.
The potential witness list filed by the District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday includes Christina Flores, an aspiring actress who went to San Francisco police Sunday to file a report that alleges Mirkarimi was physically and verbally abusive toward her during their relationship in 2008. According to the report, she told police Mirkarimi grabbed her arm and left a bruise, which is similar to the injury sustained by Eliana Lopez, Mirkarimi’s wife and the alleged victim in the domestic violence case.
Before Wednesday, it had been unclear whether prosecutors would seek to use Flores’ allegations to bolster their case against Mirkarimi.
Prosecutors also plan to call Madison’s husband and Nancy Lemon, an expert on domestic violence at UC Berkeley School of Law.
Robert Waggener, who has represented Mirkarimi in the case since its inception, is no longer his attorney, he said Wednesday. The sheriff’s new attorney is Lidia Stiglich, according to Waggener. The change in Mirkarimi’s legal representation came a day after Waggener was quoted in media reports describing the sheriff as “a bit of a tyrant,” but not an abuser.
Lopez also is listed on the potential witness list, but she has refused to cooperate with police or prosecutors. She has publicly defended her husband.
Rumors swirled around City Hall and the Hall of Justice on Wednesday that another former romantic acquaintance of Mirkarimi was set to come forward to potentially testify about abusive behavior.
Omid Talai, a spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office, said he can’t release specifics on the women interviewed for the case, but prosecutors encourage them to come forward. Talai said witness lists generally need to be filed 30 days before a jury trial begins. The trial is set for Feb. 24.
Mirkarimi is set to appear in court again today to ask a judge to lift a protective order barring him from going near Lopez and their 2-year-old son.