The commander of St. Joseph County's Metro Homicide unit may, or may not, be called to testify Friday.
Last April, Commander Tim Corbett was said to have made a threatening phone call to South Bend police officer Jack Stilp,
Stilp says the call was meant to keep him, and other officers quiet about the demotion of Police Chief Daryl Boykins.
Now, efforts are being made to ensure that commander Corbett keeps quiet.
Corbett's attorney and the city of South Bend have filed a joint motion to quash a subpoena that seeks to force him to testify at officer Stilp's disciplinary hearing on Friday.
“I felt that filing such a motion would be inappropriate because safety boards are supposed to be kind of wide open in terms of the presentation of information and that we should all be interested in having all this information come out,” said Thomas Dixon, attorney for Stilp.
Dixon says this is the first time he has ever seen an attempt to outright prevent testimony at a safety board hearing, which is not as restrictive as a court hearing.
Stilp is appealing a 10 day suspension for talking to the news media about his telephone conversation with Commander Corbett.