A Spokane prostitute is accused of lying about her identity and fabricating testimony during a bench trial last fall.
Jodi R. Macabitas, 42, alias Jodi R. Rima, appeared in court Tuesday on charges on felony charges of first-degree perjury and false swearing.
Investigators say Macabitas identified herself as Madison McBride during a possession of stolen property trial before Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque last October.
Defendant Robert Wilkening, Jr., was acquitted after testimony that included Macabitas describing a plot between two men to falsely accuse Wilkening. Investigators believe Macabitas fabricated the story.
Deputy Prosecutor Bob Sargent said in court documents that Macabitas' testimony was "crucial to the case."
But Wilkening's lawyer, Doug Phelps, said he doesn't believe Macabitas' was crucial to Wilkening's acquittal.
"We really didn't even need that testimony," Phelps said. Phelps said he didn't relaize the woman had lied about her identity until Sargent told him after the trial.
Prior to testifying, Macabitas provided police a phone number that Detective David Staben says belonged to someone who claims not to know the woman. After her testimony, the man said he had a friend who matched the witness's description, leading Staben to identify Macabitas as a suspect.
Her parents described her as "a homeless person involved in the drug lifestyle," according to a probable cause affidavit. Staben contacted Macabitas at 1st and Cowley, where she identified herself as a prostitute and "admitted that she lied about everything in court," according to the affidavit.
Macabitas remains jailed on $2,000 bond.