Sirhan was out of position and out of range and therefore could not have shot
The following is the
statement of Sirhan Sirhan's former lawyer, Lawrence Teeter,
released on the 30th anniversary of the murder of Robert Kennedy.
The assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy
shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, changed the course of world history. Senator
Kennedy had promised to end the war in Vietnam if elected as President, as seemed likely
to happen following his victory in the June 4 California Democratic Presidential primary
At first glance, the RFK case seems open and shut.
After all, Sirhan Sirhan was arrested with a gun in hand at the scene. There the
simplicity ends, however. There is an abundance of evidence which refutes the official
version of this crime.
1. Sirhan was out of position and out of range and
therefore could not have shot Robert Kennedy. The Senator was shot from behind, but all
witnesses place Sirhan in front of him in a face-to-face position. All witnesses placed
Sirhan's gun at between 1.5 and 5 feet from Senator Kennedy, but the autopsy findings
clearly establish that the Senator was shot from a weapon held somewhere between less than
1 inch and no more than three inches away. All witnesses describe Sirhan's gun as having
been held horizontally in a normal standing position, but the autopsy report describes all
bullet tracks in Senator Kennedy's body as angled sharply upward, as though fired from
2. An armed security guard with strong anti-Kennedy
views admitted that he was standing directly in contact with the Senator to the rear, that
he dropped down when the shooting began and that he then pulled his gun. One witness
ignored by police claimed he saw the guard fir. The guard's weapon was never checked.
Meanwhile, the one person who photographed the assassination, Jamie Scott Enyart, was
tackled and arrested at gun point. His camera was seized by police, and his photographs
have never been recovered. Los Angeles Police secretly burned 2, 410 assassination-related
photographs in a county hospital incinerator long before Sirhan's trial. A Los Angeles
jury later awarded Enyart a substantial verdict for the loss of his photographs.