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Nathan Mistillis works at Pearce Brokers

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.

Nathan Mistillis works at Pearce Brokers, another real estate company in Oxford.

In the weeks before her death, Annette Wyatt had been investigating whether someone was giving Pearce Brokers inside information that helped them lure clients away from the Harte Agency.

Detectives Murphy and Parker interviewed Mr. Mistillis at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff’s Department. The interview was recorded with witness’s knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Detective E. Parker
  • Nathan Mistillis

Detective Murphy: Would you please state your name and address for the record?

Nathan Mistillis: You bet. My name is Nathan Mistillis, and I live at 511 Meadow Lane. You can call me Nate.

Detective Murphy: Nate, then. So you're in real estate. That must be pretty lucrative.

Nathan Mistillis: I pay the bills, and then some.

Detective Murphy: You must know Annette Wyatt over at Harte Agency.

Nathan Mistillis: That was a shame, what happened to her. A nail gun? I tell you, the initiation rites at the carpenters union is getting out of hand.

Detective Parker: You know a lot about nail guns?

Nathan Mistillis: Me? No, I’m a seller, not a builder.

Detective Murphy: How would you describe your relationship with Annette Wyatt?

Nathan Mistillis: We knew each other. Real estate is a small playing field, and I know everybody who matters.

Detective Murphy: How would you say Annette mattered?

Nathan Mistillis: She was a very successful closer. Harte, he had a good thing going with her.

Detective Parker: Are you suggesting they were in a relationship?

Nathan Mistillis: No, she wasn’t interested in that. But when it came to moving properties, she was one of the best.

Detective Murphy: If you know everyone who matters, you must know Fred Jacobs, yes?

Nathan Mistillis: The name doesn't ring a bell.

Detective Parker: Do you mean the Jacobs that owns Oxford Travel? He's been trying to book me on this deluxe trip to Phoenix, Arizona. Apparently people can't wait to get out of Mississippi, and he hasn't been able to bump anybody.

Nathan Mistillis: Oh, that Fred Jacobs. Sure, I know him. What about him?

Detective Murphy: I ran into him the other day. He said he recently bought a house, that Annette had been his broker, and that she'd passed him onto Pearce, saying that she couldn't continue to represent him because it would be a conflict of interest. Does that make any sense to you?

Nathan Mistillis: Only if she had some financial interest in the place he wanted to see.

Detective Murphy: Why wouldn't she have passed him onto another agent at Harte?

Nathan Mistillis: Maybe someone at Harte represented the property.

Detective Murphy: Is that common in real estate, referring clients to other agencies? I wish we could do that with some of our bad guys.

Nathan Mistillis: I'm sure Annette had her reasons. Excuse me. My phone's doing something weird.

Detective Murphy: Take your time.

Nathan Mistillis: There's this guy, he handles the agency's computers, and he said he could hook me up with this streaming news data service that trolls Facebook and Twitter looking for people complaining about where they live. I was getting about a million messages a second, so Elliott changed the configuration, and now I get what he calls logon storms. Every half hour, the phone squawks like a strangled chicken and then freezes until I remove the battery. There. Sorry about the interruption. Phones, they're getting as bad as computers.

Detective Murphy: Would that be Elliott Turnbuckle?

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