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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 2:15 p.m.

Natalie Martin supervised Jerry Shaw at the nursing homeNatalie Martin is the head nurse at the Yoknapatawpha Acres nursing home where Jerry Shaw was employed. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Natalie Martin

Detective Armstrong: Welcome. Please state your name and address for the record?

Natalie Martin: I'm Natalie Martin, 1182 Mimosa Drive, Oxford, Mississippi.

Detective Armstrong: Where do you work?

Natalie Martin: I'm the head nurse at the Yoknapatawpha Acres nursing home.

Detective Murphy: As head nurse, what are your duties?

Natalie Martin: I spend most of my clock time on administrative and supervisory tasks like managing care, assigning and coordinating nursing services, and managing the nursing and medical support staff.

Detective Armstrong: So you're the person who's ultimately responsible for the performance of the nurses and aides under you.

Natalie Martin: They are not under me. I don't think I'm better than they are. I just have more responsibility.

Detective Murphy: If another nurse or aide isn't doing their job, would that land on your shoulders?

Natalie Martin: It could. I know you're looking for a scapegoat, but I have always done the very best I can with the people I have to work with. I cannot hold their hands and walk them through their duties each and every day. I have my hands full with my own job. It is not my fault if some of the patients don't always get the care they deserve.

Detective Murphy: Are you happy with your job?

Natalie Martin: I want the best for my patients. That's why I became a nurse. I wanted to help people, to make their lives better. I know the care at Yoknapatawpha Acres is lacking sometimes. I just don’t know what to do about it. I've talked to the manager, but he just blows me off. I really need to get back to work. Can I please go now?

Detective Armstrong: In a few minutes. First, let's talk about Jerry Shaw. What kind of employee was he?

Natalie Martin: He was about average at the nursing home.

Detective Armstrong: Meaning?

Natalie Martin: I'm really not supposed to talk about personnel matters.

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