Editor Shot

YCSD Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting the discovery of a body at the Oxford Eagle newspaper offices on Sunday, November 25, 2012.

Scene inventory

YCSD Forensics provided an inventory of the victim's desk and file cabinet.

Victim's Phone Logs

YCSD investigators found what appears to be a a log of the victim's outgoing calls and their purpose on her office computer.

Eagle Visitors Log

YCSD investigators obtained the Oxford Eagle visitor logs from August 2012 through November 25, 2012.

Appointment calendar

Investigators retrieved Monica Drum's November 2012 appointment calendar from the computer taken into evidence in her office.

North file

The Oxford Eagle provided the personnel file of terminated employee Bettina North.

Winter file

The Oxford Eagle provided the personnel file of terminated employee John Winter.

Ledford file

The Oxford Eagle provided the personnel file of terminated employee David Ledford.

Object found

A caller reported the discovery of an unusual object concealing a key in Monica Drum's residence.

Drum/Roberts report

From the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department Archives for 2007, Monica Drum filed this report regarding Melvin Roberts.

box-inventoryYCSD investigators traced the safe deposit key to a bank in Memphis, TN. Detectives coordinated with Shelby County, TN authorities to execute a search warrant.

safe box-willMonica Drum's will was found in her safe deposit box.

safe box-lettersHandwritten correspondence from Lori to Monica was found in her safe deposit box.

Ballistics Report

The lab analyzed the Drum case ballistic evidence to determine caliber and possible weapon. Melvin Roberts's surrendered handgun was compared with the findings.

Preliminary Evaluation

At the YCSD's request, Dr. Paula Bryant of the county health department conducted a preliminary evaluation of Melvin Roberts's mental condition.

handwriting-analysisThe lab examined the handwritten note found in Monica Drum's safe deposit box. A graphologist also provided non-scientific observations about the note.

security video

YCSD investigators located video of a person of interest in the Monica Drum case at the time of the murder.



The lab examined the trace evidence and latent fingerprints recovered from the Monica Drum crime scene and provided their preliminary findings.

Coroner's Report

Preliminary report from the Yoknapatawpha County Coroner's Office on the autopsy of Monica Drum. Additional analyses are ongoing.

david-ledfordDet. Armstrong's old partner, PI David Anderson, located former Eagle employee David Ledford and had an informal conversation with him.

Soil Analysis

The lab conducted additional analyses of the soil samples found at the Monica Drum crime scene.

Alibi Chart

Investigators summarized the alibis for persons of interest in the investigation and whether those alibis could be corroborated.

License plate trace

YCSD investigators ran a check on Mississippi license plates matching the partial number Frannie Grace provided.

Doreen Ledford

Det. Armstrong's old partner, PI David Anderson, had an informal conversation with Doreen Ledford, wife of former Eagle employee David Ledford.

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