YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
- Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy. Det. T. Armstrong
- Incident No.: 001023-16D-2011
- Case Description: Robert Pruitt-Wayne Fisher Homicides
Based on witness statements during interviews, investigators have put together the following summary of the witnesses' alibis for the window of time when the murder is believed to have been committed (approx. 8:00-10:00 p.m. on 4/15/2011), as well as for the remainder of the night. Also included is information on results of attempts to verify the alibis.
|Y||=||Alibi confirmed for entire time period.|
|N||=||No part of the alibi could be positively corroborated.|
|T||=||Tentative alibi confirmation because corroboration for all or part of the witness's time comes from someone with a personal relationship with the witness.|
|P||=||Part of the alibi confirmed or tentatively confirmed, but one or more portions of the witness's time remain uncorroborated.|
|Witness||Stated Alibi||Verified||Verification Detail|
|Ms. Bell said she was in Jackson all day of the murder, later went to The Juke Joint in Oxford to see the movie Scream 4. On the way home she stopped at Kroger’s to buy milk.||P||John Frampton remembered seeing Bell at the movie and Bell was watching credits when he left.
Octavio Mendez said he talked to Ms. Bell when he was stocking dairy products at Kroger’s sometime between 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. on April 15th.
|Ms. Fisher said she went to the grocery store then spent the evening at home.||P||Suzanne Toms, neighbor in Pontotoc, MS, saw Fisher leave home to go to the store 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Sarah Turnbull, grocery clerk at Piggly Wiggly store in Pontotoc, MS knows Ms. Fisher. Turnbill waited on her and they chatted not long before Turnbill completed her shift at 8:30 p.m.
Gerry Randolph, neighbor, saw Ms. Fisher go to her car a bit before 8:00 p.m. and, when he returned home an hour later, she was also returning home.
|Mr. Fisher said in his first interview that his wife and son went to the Rib Cage Street Party, he worked at Arts Council, rented a DVD then stayed home the rest of the evening.||P||Debbie Kousopolis, a Blockbuster Video clerk who knows Mr. Fisher, said Fisher arrived at the store between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Ms. Rocchioli, Arts Council Volunteer Coordinator, confirmed Mr. Fisher arrived at the office at 4:00 p.m. and was still there at 7:10 p.m. when they left and she saw him walk toward his car.
Ms. Taege, neighbor, saw Mr. Fisher’s Civic hatchback in the driveway about 8:30, but did not see him.
|Mr. Fisher claimed to have stayed home Friday evening and night, drinking beer.||N||James Bettis, neighbor, remembers seeing Mr. Fisher’s pickup truck in the driveway early in the evening before dinnertime, but never saw Mr. Fisher.|
|In his first interview, Mr. Gill denied knowing where Pruitt lived or knowing either victim.
Claimed to have been with his children at home all night after eating at Pizza Den and renting a movie on Friday evening.
In his second interview, when confronted by detectives that he did yard work in the Pruitts’ neighborhood, Mr. Gill reaffirmed he did not know where Pruitt lived but went to homes as assigned by work.
|P||Neighbors at apartment complex saw children there Friday making a lot of noise.
Pizza Den cashier confirmed he recalled seeing a "little man with four rambunctious children" during busy dinner hour and they were gone by 8:00 or 8:30.
Neighbor Ms. Thurston, saw Gill and children leave apartment around 6:30 p.m. and return around 8:00 p.m.
|Ms. Lee said she was at her father’s home with a nephew and niece who were visiting. She claimed she was there Friday evening and all night.||P||Lee’s father, Oliver Lee, confirms Mira was with them through dinner and watching TV, but she went to the store at 8:30 p.m. and returned at 9:30 p.m. and remained the entire night.|
|Mrs. Pruitt claimed to have been at a family reunion in Florence from late afternoon Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, April 16 around 1:30 p.m.||T||Parents Gary and Dee Dee Hattin, confirmed she was with them or another family member the entire time from Thursday before dinner until Saturday after their brunch which ended about 1:30 p.m.|
|Mr. Rayburn said he was home watching the Ole Miss-Wildcats baseball game as well as the Red Sox baseball game on TV. He claimed he went out briefly for snacks.
In his second interview, he admitted going to the Chevron Food Mart to get chicken-on-stick during half time but said he drove directly there and directly home.
|N||Joe Fenton, convenience store clerk, remembered a man "not an old man and not a young kid" in the store, but could not identify him. Cash register receipts show cash purchase at 9:11 p.m. The security cameras were on and functional but had no tape in them.
Reeves Turner, store customer, purchased $24.50 at 9:14 p.m. as shown by credit card records, but could not definitely identify "big kinda fat, almost bald guy" who was ahead of him in line.
|Ms. Woodruff said she was trying to find a job on the evening of Friday, April 15, at hotels and bars.||N||Randy Johnson, assistant manager at The Blind Pig Pub, recognized Ms. Woodruff from photo array but he routinely discards applications when not hiring, and could not confirm when she came in.
Ms. Riggs, assistant manager at Rooster Blues House, produced application form signed by Ms. Woodruff dated April 15, but could not identify Woodruff from photo array or confirm the date.
George Tennyson, Pizza Den manager, identified Ms. Woodruff from photo array and produced the application signed by her dated April 15, but could not otherwise confirm date or time she was there.