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Rehrer is an attractive blonde who works as an assistant at a metro law office. She dated Mots for eight months in 2000.
The night before the accident was like most of their Friday nights, she says. She went to his house with a change of clothes, expecting to go out for the evening, and started to get ready in Mots' bathroom. Mots was drinking Crown Royal and Coke and smoking pot out of a pipe, she says.
She was standing in the bathroom in her robe when Mots told her that he had a surprise. He said he was going to the liquor store and would be back. While he was gone, the surprise showed up.
"It was another girl," Rehrer says. "It was kind of awkward."
Rehrer, Mots and the woman partied until early in the morning at Mots' house. Mots gave her an Ecstasy pill, Rehrer says. She says she saw him take two. He drank Crown and Cokes before switching to beer, which he drank out of a coozy printed with the KCK Fire Department's logo.
Rehrer says Mots went to sleep at 4 a.m., and she went to bed a little later.
At 6 a.m., Mots was back up and in the shower, preparing for a 24-hour shift at the fire station.
"He would always get out of bed at 6 o'clock," Rehrer says. "He loved the job that much.... He has an adrenaline inside of him like I've never seen in anybody. So he didn't have any problem getting up, getting the uniform on, heading out the door."
About 12 hours later, Rehrer was at her father's home in Leavenworth when she got a phone call from Mots.
"Turn on the TV," he told her. When she did, she saw footage of the firetruck accident at 18th Street and Central.
"I need you to get to Wally's house," Mots told her. Then he gave her directions to the Bonner Springs home of his fire captain, Walt Stephen. Rehrer was apprehensive about driving in the dark to an unfamiliar address, but she followed Mots' directions.
At trial, Cohen questioned Rehrer about what happened next. Rehrer testified that the firefighters who had gathered at Stephen's house asked Mots if there was someplace he could go. Couldn't he stay at her house, they asked? Rehrer said it was obvious to her that they were telling him to hide.
Cohen says Rehrer testified that the next day, she heard Mots replaying voicemail messages from his co-workers. The messages, she said, were warning him that the Unified Government wanted him to come in for drug and alcohol testing. She testified that Mots told her it was too late, that 24 hours had passed, and that he wasn't going to get tested. He stayed with her for two or three days, she testified.
Rehrer tells The Pitch that after she heard the messages from Mots' cell phone, "It was becoming clear to me: Yeah, you don't want to be drug tested, for obvious reasons."
When Rehrer (then Vickie Billingsley) met Mots in early 2000, she was working at the court clerk's office in Leavenworth. Besides working as a firefighter, Mots owned a lawn-care business. He had sued a client who refused to pay for his services. He won the suit but was waiting on his check, and he often called the court clerk's office about his money. When the check arrived, Rehrer called Mots to let him know. He was so pleased, she says, he told her, "I want to come up there and take you to lunch." Rehrer, who was single, giggled with the other women in the office and wondered what Mots looked like.