Sylvia Powell is a twenty-nine-year-old, Caucasian female. She works at the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home as a registered nurse. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department and was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Sylvia Powell
Detective Murphy: Good morning, Ms. Powell. Thank you for coming to speak with us again. State your name and address for the record.
Sylvia Powell: Good morning. Please call me Sylvia. My name is Sylvia Powell and I live at 3010 Hillmont Drive, in Oxford.
Detective Murphy: I assume you know Jerry Shaw's death was murder and not an accident.
Sylvia Powell: Yes I was told that. Why would anyone want to murder him? I know he could be a jerk at times but that's not any reason to kill someone.
Detective Murphy: Sylvia, did you remember anything else about the day Jerry Shaw died that might help us to solve this case?
Sylvia Powell: Jerry owed Matt Hooper a large sum of money from a gambling bet. I knew about the gambling and I told Jerry he needed to stop but he wouldn't. He told me he didn't have the money to pay Matt because he took the money and made another bet hoping he would double it but lost it all. So he didn't have the money to pay Matt what he owed him. The day Jerry died, I saw him with Matt Hooper in the hallway from a patient's room. They were arguing and Matt threatened Jerry and I thought he was going to punch him but he walked off.
Detective Murphy: What was the threat Matt made at Jerry?
Sylvia Powell: Matt called him a few nasty names and said he would get even. He said Jerry would be sorry for ever crossing him.
Detective Armstrong: Ms. Powell, Jerry sort of crossed you as well.
Sylvia Powell: Sure I was angry with him, but I didn't want to kill Jerry. I loved him.
Detective Armstrong: We were told by witnesses that your argument was more than just a spat. The word used to describe you was "outraged." You said he would pay for dumping you.
Sylvia Powell: Maybe in the heat of the moment I said something like that.
Detective Murphy: Sylvia, in the heat of the moment, did you kill Jerry Shaw?
Sylvia Powell: Of course I didn't kill Jerry. I loved him. I did say those things but I was angry. After all I had done for him he treated me like a dog. He told me our relationship never meant a thing to him. He said he was tired of sneaking around to see me and he was tired of me. Said he was looking for someone new. It broke my heart but I would never have harmed him.
Detective Murphy: Here's some tissue Sylvia. Try and calm yourself.
Sylvia Powell: I'm sorry, Detective, but this is hard. I'm torn between loving him and hating him for the way he treated me. But I swear I didn't kill him. Do I need to get a lawyer?
Detective Murphy: That's up to you, Sylvia. As of now, there are no charges against you. Do you want to continue our discussion or stop now?
Sylvia Powell: We can continue. I have nothing to hide.
Detective Murphy: At anytime if you feel you want to stop just tell us. Can you think of anyone else that might have wanted to harm Jerry?
Sylvia Powell: Like I told you before, the only other person that comes to mind besides Matt Hooper is Richard Landrigran. He and Jerry were always arguing.
Detective Armstrong: Did Jerry ever tell you about the arguments between him and Landrigran?
Sylvia Powell: No, we never discussed it. He told me it was between him and Landrigran. So I let it go at that.
Detective Armstrong: Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you think of anything else please feel free to phone us. You're free to go.
Sylvia Powell: I want to find Jerry's killer as much as you do. Even though I'm still angry with him, I loved him. Goodbye, Detectives.
Interview ended: 9:44 am