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JT says his ex-wife, Rhonda, is the "devil incarnate"

Sunday, August 21, 2011 – 10:30 AM

The witness is the ex-husband of Kevin Gilmore's former coworker and current owner of The Juke Joint, Rhonda Pendergrass.

The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department by Detectives Armstrong and Murphy and was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective Ted Armstrong
  • Detective Samantha Murphy
  • JT Pendergrass

JT Pendergrass: OK, I'm here. What's this about?

Detective Murphy: Thanks for coming in, Mr. Pendergrass.

JT Pendergrass: Yeah, yeah. I'm meeting my kids later, so let's get to it. What can I do for you?

Detective Murphy: Before we get to that, could you give us your name and address for the record?

JT Pendergrass: I don't really have a permanent address right now. These days, when I'm in town, I stay at the Days Inn.

Detective Armstrong: Where do you get your mail?

JT Pendergrass: I don't really get much mail, but it goes to my girlfriend's place in Memphis. 1028 Faxon Avenue. OK?

Detective Armstrong: OK.

JT Pendergrass: So why am I here?

Detective Murphy: We're investigating the death of Kevin Gilmore.

JT Pendergrass: Never heard of him.

Detective Armstrong: He used to work with your ex-wife.

JT Pendergrass: Well, I wouldn't know anything about that. I haven't been involved in her life in years, thank God.

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