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Spokane County deputies testify against Sgt. John Gately

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Cops testifying against fellow cops. That's what's happening in a Spokane County courtroom this week.

Back in October, a rookie Spokane police officer accused fellow officer Gordon Ennis of rape. Prosecutors say Sgt. John Gately tipped Ennis off. Investigators believe that gave Ennis time to destroy evidence. Gately is now on trial for the charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer. Two other charges against him were dropped in April.

Cell phone records confirm that Gately communicated with Ennis after the rape allegations were made. That includes a six-plus minute-long phone call. We don't know what was said during that conversation, but testimony Wednesday revealed that soon after, Ennis started contacting local attorneys.

Prosecutors believe Gately told Ennis police were headed his way.

"When they arrived to serve that search warrant, they found Mr. Ennis had trimmed his nails," said Prosecutor Amanda Fry.

In fact detectives with SCSO said in court, Ennis' nails were so short it would be impossible to obtain anything from them without injuring him. Prosecutors said this required them to obtain a second search warrant for Ennis' cars.

Defense attorney David Allen counters those phone calls were strictly business.

"Sgt. Gately and Sgt. Ennis are professionals," he said. "They work together. They are by no means close friends. This was strictly guild business."

The trial could last up to five days. Ennis' trial is set for October.

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