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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 – 9:30 a.m.

George O'Connor was Veronica Smith's husband. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • George O'Connor

Detective Armstrong: We won't keep you too long here today.

George O'Connor: That's good.

Detective Murphy: Thanks for coming in, Mr. O'Connor. I know you remember, but I'm Detective Murphy. This is Detective Armstrong. And once again we need your name and address for the record?

George O'Connor: I'm George O'Connor, and I live at 142 Colonial Road.

Detective Murphy: We've learned a good deal since the last time we talked to you, and we really need some answers from you, George.

George O'Connor: Ask me anything. I want to find my wife's killer and make sure they pay for this.

Detective Armstrong: The malpractice suit. How did that affect your relationship with your wife?

George O'Connor: Well, as I said before, I concerned about the financial aspect. I mean, if the case settled and the insurance didn't cover it all or if she somehow lost the case and it seriously hurt her practice, well, I could see it'd be a struggle to maintain our lifestyle.

Detective Armstrong: Did you have insurance on Veronica?

George O'Connor: Of course I did. We both had policies.

Detective Armstrong: Who benefits financially from her death?

George O'Connor: Benefits? From her death? Are you serious?

Detective Armstrong: As serious as a heart attack. Let me rephrase this. Who was the beneficiary of her life insurance policy?

George O'Connor: Both Haley and I split the proceeds. Of course, hers would go in a trust account till she's 21.

Detective Murphy: How much was the insurance for, George?

George O'Connor: $1.5 million.

Detective Murphy: Some people would call that motive.

Detective Armstrong: People have been killed for a lot less.

George O'Connor: This is absurd. I didn't kill my wife. Somebody did, but it wasn't me.

Detective Murphy: Have you ever used drugs, George?

George O'Connor: What relevance–

Detective Armstrong: Oh, just answer the question.

George O'Connor: I experimented in college a little bit. Nothing hard, just some weed.

Detective Murphy:  How about your wife? Did she experiment too?

George O'Connor: No. It was hard to get her to take a Tylenol for a headache. Alcohol is the only drug she ever used.

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