REPORTING OFFICER'S NARRATIVE (Brief narrative of the facts surrounding the offense.)
At 11:34 a.m. on January 30, 2011, Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a body found at the Wall Doxey State Park. The caller identified herself as Debra Lane, a female who was residing in Cabin 4 at Wall Doxey State Park. Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Unit 209 (Officer P.Winston) was dispatched and arrived at the scene at 12:04 p.m. Upon seeing the body R/O Winston notified Dispatch and requested backup and medical assistance. R/Is Investigators T. Armstrong and S. Murphy were assigned and proceed directly to the scene. R/Is arrived at the scene at 12:21 pm. On arrival R/I’s found that R/O had secured the area. At R/Is request, Coroner L. Johnson and a CSU team were notified to respond to the scene. Environmental conditions at the scene up arrival are as follows: Weather: Exterior crime scene location; Ambient Temperature: approximately 23F/-5°C; Relative Humidity: approximately 52%.
R/O Winston made the following verbal report, which is stated in summary and not verbatim. R/O was met by Debra Lane, the female who made the call to 911. Lane directed him to the body. R/O reported the body was lying near Cabin 11 in the Park with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was later identified as Spenser Brooks, Oxford District Attorney. R/O called for backup unit and Crime Scene tech Unit. R/O said YCD EMTs R. Peterson and J. Bilkey arrived at the scene at 12:35 pm and after determining the victim was deceased, withdrew from the crime scene. R/O Winston further stated that to the best of his knowledge, the following personnel had occasion to enter the crime scene area and must be excluded: CSU personnel, witness Debra Lane, EMT Peterson, EMT Bilkey and himself.
After receiving the report from R/O Winston, R/Is conducted a preliminary inspection of the scene. Visual inspection indicated the victim was wearing a multi-colored plaid shirt, a pair of blue denims, a black jacket, one glove on the left hand and one glove and a camouflage cap lying on the ground. The body was lying on its back. The right leg is straight with bottom of foot to the south. The left leg was bent at the knee with the bottom of foot to the west. The right arm was lying to the side at an angle and was bent at the elbow with hand pointing to the west. The left arm lying slightly away from the body bent at the elbow pointing in a northeast direction. The head was to the north.
R/Is delayed further inspection of the body until the arrival of the Coroner’s Inspector.
Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson arrived at the scene at approximately 12:31 p.m. and joined R/Is at the body's location. Inspector Johnson pronounced the victim deceased at 12:36 p.m. by visual observation that the victim was not breathing and by tactile observation that the victim did not have a palpable carotid pulse. Inspector Johnson observed the wound in the forehead and speculated that the apparent cause of death was that wound. After Inspector Johnson completed her initial inspection of the body, she stayed with the CSU team to ensure integrity of the body, while the team took photographs of the scene and performed preliminary analyses, until the body could be removed from the scene without affecting other evidence.
CSU arrived at the scene at approximately 12:34 p.m. R/Is instructed CSU to Process the entire scene according to standard procedure.
A preliminary search of the immediate area for the weapon (s) causing the injury to the victim met with negative results. CSU will a more intensive search and report their findings.
R/Is left the scene at 8:56 p.m. Before leaving, R/I Murphy instructed CSU to seal the scene upon completion or end of day suspension of processing. CSU is to notify R/Is of progress by the end of this date. As of this filing, CSU is still actively processing at the scene.
At the station, R/Is interviewed witness Debra Lane. (Interview transcripts attached).
Body of the deceased remanded into the custody of Coroner's Inspector Luwinda Johnson. Deceased was removed from scene at 10:25 p.m. and transported to the coroner's office for autopsy.
Evidence remanded into the custody of Forensics Officer T. R. Douglas for transport to the State Crime Lab for routine analysis. CSU is expected to submit an inventory of items taken into evidence within fourteen days of this report, with detailed report(s) of their findings to follow at a later date.