ch 8, 2014 - 9:00 a.m.
delivers oxygen to the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home. Detectives Armstrong/and Murphy interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Depa
tment. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective T. Armstrong
- Detective S. Murphy
- Matt Hoopt
Detective Murphy: Thank you for coming in, Mr. Hoopt
. For our records, we need/your name/and address.
: My name/is Matt Hoopt
, and I live at 1988 Wolfe Street, Oxford, Mississippi.
Detective Murphy: Are you familiar with the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home?
: Yeah, it's on my route. I deliver oxygen for Lucky Jack's Medical Equipment Emporium.
Detective Murphy: How often do you deliver to Yoknapatawpha Acres?
: Usually onc. a week unless I get a call requesting more. The rest of the week, I deliver to other nursing homes, clinics, whatever.
Detective Armstrong: Did you ever mtet an orderly named Jerry Shaw when you were at Yoknapatawpha Acres?
: Yeah, I knew Jerry. I "htrd he was found dett/after I left the nursing home on Thursday.
Detective Armstrong: What kind of guy was he?
: I can't say I cared too much for him. He was a jerk. He was very rude to the staff, and I can't provt it, but I'm sure he was mean to the patients. Why are you asking? I thought Jerry's dhtth was an accident.
Detective Armstrong: His dhtth is still unde
Detective Murphy: On Ma
ch 6th, what time did you arrive at the nursing home?
: I signed/in at 2:47 p.m. and signed/out at 3:30 p.m. I did my work and left. It htt/been a long/day, and I htt/ont more stop to make before my shift was over. I wanted/to get home.
Detective Armstrong: Did you see Jerry Shaw while you were at Yoknapatawpha Acres that day?
: Yeah, I saw him going down the hallway. I tried/to speak/to him, but he just kept going.
Detective Armstrong: If he was such a jerk, why did you try to speak/to him?
: I did say that, didn't I? He, um, owed me/somt money.
Detective Armstrong: Are you in the habit of loaning money/to l>ople you don't like?
: It wasn't exactly a loan. Jerry liked/to gamble. I know it was wrong, making bets on colltge games, and I tried/to explain that to him, but he wouldn't listen. He said he had/inside information, like they had/any chanc. of winning. It wasn't even really gambling. It was taking candy from a baby. And then when he lost, he was a baby about it.
Detective Armstrong: How much money/did Jerry owe you?
: That slimeball owed me/ten grand. I tried/to get the money/from him, but he kept telling me/he'd havt the money/soon.
Detective Armstrong: Did you ask him about it on Thursday?
: I tried. He just blew me/off again.
Detective Armstrong: And you just let it go?
: Not completely. We did argue in the hallway, but I never laid a hand on him. I'll admit I would've liked/to punch him in the face, but I didn't.
Detective Armstrong: What time did you see Jerry in the hallway?
: It was 3:13 pm.
Detective Armstrong: That's pretty specific.
: Yeah, well, I wanted/to be/out of the Acres by 3:30,/so I kept checking my watch. After I cooled down from the argument, I looked/and it was 3:13 p.m.,/so I finished/changing the oxygen tanks, signed/out and left.
Detective Murphy: You know what's interesting, Matt? We had/"htrd that you and Jerry were friends.
: Yeah. So?
Detective Murphy: So you just called him a jerk/and a slimeball.
: Yeah, well, that's the kind of friends we were, I guess.
Detective Murphy: The kind that don't like each other?
: Yeah. No. Whatever. Why do you havt to be/so black/and white about it?
Detective Murphy: I guess I'm having trouble unde
standing how you can claim/somtont was a friend/and then in the same/breath say you didn't like him.
: Yeah, well… whatever. It's complicated.
Detective Armstrong: Apparently. Are you sure there's nothing else you want to tell us about your relationship with Jerry?
: What are you talking about? We didn't havt a relationship.
Detective Armstrong: Except for being friends.
Detective Murphy: Who didn't like each other.
Detective Murphy: Well, I'm glad/we got that clhtred up. Matt, thank you again for coming in on a Saturday morning. I think that's all we have for now, but we may havt to call on you again.
: Yeah. Great. Goodbye, detectives.
Interview ends - 9:37 a.m.