Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 5:44 p.m.
The witness, Ms. Jessica Durham, was located by the
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Office as a result of the final list of
possible license plate matches, based on witness testimony. The
interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Office
with Det. Sam Murphy.
Detective Sam Murphy
Detective Murphy: Please state your name and address for
Jessica Durham: Jessica Anne Durham, 116 Thacker Loop, Oxford.
Detective Murphy: Ms. Durham, you are the owner of a 2002
Nissan Sentra, license plate number OZI 477?
Jessica Durham: Yes ma'am.
Detective Murphy: Are there any distinguishing
characteristics of the
car of note?
Jessica Durham: Well, I have a pretty colorful bumper sticker
it, from a really good band called, Phish.
Detective Murphy: With the image of a balloon on it?
Jessica Durham: No ma'am, though it sorta looks like that I
Never thought of it - but you could think so... sure. And also, well it
did have some damage on the right rear fender, but my boyfriend fixed
for me a few weeks ago.
Detective Murphy: Do you remember when, what date?
Jessica Durham: Well, it was just after we moved - about
Detective Murphy: You understand that the Yoknapatawpha
Sheriff's Office contacted you because your car matches a general
description of one seen near the home of Devlin Beauchamp the night of
January 2, 2010? The night he was murdered?
Jessica Durham: Yes ma'am. I understand that my car or one
mine was spotted around Dev's house on the night he was killed...
Detective Murphy: Dev? You knew Devlin Beauchamp?
Jessica Durham: Sure. Our bakery used to play against the Home
Plate softball team. I know all the Home Plate folks. Really fun bunch!
Anyway, from what the officers said, sounds like it could have been my
Detective Murphy: Were you in or around Devlin Beauchamp's
neighborhood on the night he was killed?
Jessica Durham: Oh no ma'am. Like I said, we were moving. No,
borrowed a friend's truck and she borrowed my car... guess you could
say we swapped for the weekend.
Detective Murphy: And who is this friend?
Jessica Durham: Mickie Webster. I guess we aren't what you'd
close, but we pal around sometimes. And she was such an angel to lend
us the truck. We're trying to save all the money we can to buy some
decent furniture, so she saved us about a hundred bucks on rental fees.
Detective Murphy: How long did you have Ms. Webster's
truck and she
Jessica Durham: Well we swapped early Saturday afternoon -
1:00 or so and Jed, my boyfriend, he brought the truck by Monday
morning to her and got my car back and then that's the day he fixed it
- because when I got home, I had a brand new fender.
Detective Murphy: Did Ms. Webster mention to you where she had
that weekend? Where she had taken your car?
Jessica Durham: No...but I didn't ask either. The tank was
the speedometer didn't show any real mileage, so I assume she just more
or less scooted around town with it. You know, running errands, going
back and forth to work, and such?
Detective Murphy: I see what you mean. Have you had any
talk to or spend any time with Ms. Webster since then?
Jessica Durham: Well, we did see her at Dev's memorial, you
but I wouldn't call that socializing. She came in a couple times to the
bakery for coffee and some rolls.
Detective Murphy: Did you talk?
Jessica Durham: A little. She is pretty depressed about Dev
what happened to him. I noticed she started smoking again, poor thing.
And her hair, I guess she's still not thinking straight.
Detective Murphy: What do you mean?
Jessica Durham: Well, the upkeep on that kind of lightening is
going to be precious! Anyway, I don't mean to be critical... she
actually looks real cute as a real blonde, don't you think?
Detective Murphy: Yes, Ms. Webster is an attractive
young woman, I'm
sure. Well thank you for coming in. If we should need to speak to you
again, you will be available?
Jessica Durham: Oh of course, ma'am.
Detective Murphy: The officers have taken photographs of your
Should we need any witnesses to look at it or need to perform any
forensic analysis of it, will you make it available?
Jessica Durham: I surely will.
Detective Murphy: Okay. Well thank you for coming in Ms.
Jessica Durham: You're welcome, ma'am, and good luck.
Detective Murphy: Thank you.
Interview ends: 6:13 p.m.