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Terry Hinson interview

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 10:15 a.m.

Terry Hinson owns and operates Mother's Garden florist shop at 2138 Jackson Avenue West. Detectives Murphy and Parker interviewed him at his shop. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Detective E. Parker
  • Terry Hinson

Detective Murphy: Good afternoon. Would you please state your name and address for the record?

Terry Hinson: Terry Hinson, 445 Anchorage Road, Oxford, Mississippi.

Detective Murphy: You told the other officers about the sale you made of six long stemmed roses last weekend. Could you tell us about it?

Terry Hinson: Sure. It was Saturday afternoon late, just before we closed.

Detective Parker: This was Saturday the 25th?

Terry Hinson: That's right. He wanted the six roses delivered on Sunday morning, but we don't do deliveries on Sunday.

Detective Parker: You told him that?

Terry Hinson: Of course.

Detective Parker: What did he say?

Terry Hinson: He offered to pay double if we'd deliver them anyway. I told him I was sorry, but we just couldn't do it. I offered to deliver them first thing Monday morning, but he wasn't interested in that.

Detective Murphy: But you did sell six long stemmed red roses that day?

Terry Hinson: Yes, he still bought them.

Detective Parker: How did he pay for them?

Terry Hinson: Cash.

Detective Murphy: What haven't you told us?

Terry Hinson: I don't want her to get in trouble.

Detective Murphy: Who?

Terry Hinson: One of my delivery people.

Detective Murphy: Did she do anything criminal?

Terry Hinson: Not that I know of.

Detective Murphy: So why the concern?

Terry Hinson: She may have accepted a cash payment off the books.

Detective Murphy: We don't care about that.

Terry Hinson: You're sure?

Detective Murphy: You have my word. If the IRS ever comes around with questions, it won't be because of this.

Terry Hinson: OK, well, Jenna Mayne is one of my part-timers. She was working deliveries on Saturday, and I saw Mr. Talbot talking to her.

Detective Parker: And?

Terry Hinson: And Jenna is the one who came by on Sunday morning and picked up the roses he bought.

Detective Parker: Why do you think she did that?

Terry Hinson: I don't know anything definitely, but if I had to guess, I'd say Mr. Talbot paid her to deliver them Sunday morning.

Detective Murphy: You said he paid cash. How do you know his name?

Terry Hinson: This is a little awkward.

Detective Murphy: Go on.

Terry Hinson: He sends flowers to his wife every Monday. He has an account with us.

Detective Murphy: But he paid cash this time?

Terry Hinson: Yes.

Detective Murphy: Did he pay cash other times?

Terry Hinson: Yes.

Detective Murphy: How often?

Terry Hinson: I couldn't say.

Detective Murphy: Yes, you can. How often?

Terry Hinson: Once a week usually. For the last year or so.

Detective Parker: Were those cash purchases delivered?

Terry Hinson: Usually.

Detective Parker: To one address or several?

Terry Hinson: Just one.

Detective Parker: You have that address?

Terry Hinson: Of course.

Detective Parker: This is the part where you tell us what that address is.

Terry Hinson: I don't know. Our customers rely on our discretion.

Detective Parker: There's no florist-client confidentiality, so just tell us. We could get a warrant, but then this would all be a matter of public record and none of us wants that, do we?

Terry Hinson: Oh, all right. I need to look it up in the computer here. Is that OK?

Detective Parker: Sure. Go ahead.

Terry Hinson: Here it is. The address is 53 Effie Circle, #102.

Detective Parker: The name?

Terry Hinson: It says here... C. Morris.

Detective Parker: No first name?

Terry Hinson: No. I'm sorry. He never told us.

Detective Murphy: Why did he use his account for some purchases and pay cash for others?

Terry Hinson: It's obvious, isn't it?

Detective Murphy: Is it?

Terry Hinson: In my business, it usually means the cash purchases are going to a girlfriend or mistress.

Detective Parker: Usually?

Terry Hinson: Mr. Talbot may not be the only person in town who sometimes sends flowers to more than one person.

Detective Murphy: But for today, we're only interested in Mr. Talbot. Is that why he does it?

Terry Hinson: I don't know. He never said. But if I had to guess, I'd say yes.

Detective Parker: Does he come in the store to place his orders?

Terry Hinson: The cash ones, yes. The others he sometimes does on the phone and sometimes in person.

Detective Parker: Can you describe him?

Terry Hinson: He's tall, dark hair, middle-aged, usually in a suit.

Detective Parker: And since he has an account with you, you can give us his contact information: address, phone number?

Terry Hinson: Sure. I can just print it out from the computer file, if that's OK?

Detective Murphy: While you're at it, why don't you go ahead and print out Jenna Mayne's contact information too.

Terry Hinson: OK.

Detective Parker: Is Jenna working today?

Terry Hinson: No, she's off today. She'll be in tomorrow.

Detective Murphy: Does Mr. Talbot send flowers to anyone else? You mentioned his wife and this C. Morris.

Terry Hinson: Not on a regular basis.

Detective Murphy: What does that mean?

Terry Hinson: He sends flowers to his wife every week, like I told you. And sends them to Miss Morris‒

Detective Murphy: C. Morris is a woman?

Terry Hinson: I'm assuming. Anyway, he sends C. Morris flowers not as often, but pretty regularly. Other than that, it's just the usual occasional stuff.

Detective Parker: Meaning?

Terry Hinson: He sends flowers on Mother's Day, Secretaries Day, funerals, his anniversary, the usual stuff.

Detective Murphy: When was the last time you saw him?

Terry Hinson: Last Saturday.

Detective Parker: You haven't seen him since then?

Terry Hinson: No. We sent his usual delivery to his wife on Monday, but he called that in on Monday morning.

Detective Murphy: Was there anything unusual about the order for his wife on Monday?

Terry Hinson: No. Same address, same kind of flowers, same everything.

Detective Murphy: Does he send her roses too?

Terry Hinson: Sometimes, but lately he's been sending calla lilies in a variety of colors. He says they're her favorites.

Detective Parker: Did he ever say anything about C. Morris? Why he sent her roses or what their relationship was?

Terry Hinson: No. and we don't ask those kinds of questions unless the customer asks for our help choosing what kind of flowers to send.

Detective Parker: And he never did that?

Terry Hinson: No, he always knows exactly what he wants.

Detective Murphy: OK. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Mr. Hinson. We really appreciate it.

Terry Hinson: I hope something I said was helpful. We're big fans of local law enforcement here. We even offer a discount, in case you ever want to buy flowers.

Detective Parker: That's very nice of you. I don't think we need any flowers today.

Terry Hinson: Of course, but when you do, we'll be here. Tell your friends at the Sheriff's Department.

Interview ends - 10:32 a.m.

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