It was the computer geek’s turn on the witness stand Wednesday at the Anthony Pellicano trial.
Kevin Kachikian, one of four co-defendants alongside Pellicano charged with illegal wiretapping and racketeering, spent the day discussing how he created Telesleuth, the program used by the Hollywood private eye to record telephone conversations.
Through a series of witnesses, his defense attorney Adam Braun spent the past two days working overtime to prove that Kachikian never knew the software he created for Pellicano would be used illegally.
Kachikian testified that he connected with Pellicano to create the software because he believed it would be marketed to law enforcement and be useful to police.
Beyond having Kachikian provide hours of details on how Telesleuth was designed and operated, Braun also aimed to make Kachikian seem an innocent victim with whom the jury might be able to connect.
Sporting his usual Birkenstocks and khaki pants, Kachikian spoke about his introverted and socially awkward nature and how he was the typical kid from Orange County who built computers on his free time, as well as a replica of R2-D2 from “Star Wars.”
Kachikian’s testimony went along with that of Ricardo Preston Cestero, a former Pellicano staffer, who on Tuesday said he had worked with the P.I. to test Telesleuth in 1995 but never knew it was ever used for wiretapping.
“Telesleuth was able to record a call from pickup to hang-up,” he said.
Like Kachikian, he believed the software was being marketed to law enforcement, mostly because he assisted Pellicano in making presentations to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Dept. and Orange County District Attorney’s office.
The notion that the software would be used for legal reasons was also backed by the fact that Bert Fields’ law firm Greenberg Glusker helped obtain a trademark for Telesleuth. In many instances throughout the trial, the same law firm has been said to have referred clients to Pellicano.