Elliott Owens was working on a special project with Annette Wyatt before her death

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 4:00 p.m.

Elliott Owens provides freelance IT services to customers including the Harte Agency.

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


  • Detective E. Parker
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Elliott Owens

Detective Parker: Mr. Owens, glad you could make it. Please have a seat.

Elliott Owens: Afternoon, detectives. How can I help?

Detective Parker: Please first state your name, age, and address for the record.

Elliott Owens: Elliott Owens, 32 years old, 1264 Beanland Drive.

Detective Murphy: Mr. Owens, why do you keep twitching your fingers?

Elliott Owens: What? Oh, sorry. I don’t have my Rubik’s cube with me. I like to play with it when I get nervous.

Detective Murphy: And why are you nervous?

Elliott Owens: I’m still reeling over what happened to Annette. Horrible, how anyone could do such a thing.

Detective Parker: Mr. Owens, can you tell us where you were Saturday night?

Elliott Owens: I was at home, just surfing the web and playing video games. It was a typical weekend.

Detective Murphy: Do you have anyone who can testify to your alibi?

Elliott Owens: Well, yeah. You can just ask my… uh, roommates.

Detective Parker: Can we have their names for the record?

Elliott Owens: Why? I mean, are you going to call them in for questioning? They don’t really like to be bothered.

Detective Parker: If the investigation calls for it, we might.

Elliott Owens: But–

Detective Murphy: Their names, Mr. Owens.

Elliott Owens: Rachel and Jack Owens.

Detective Murphy: You’re currently living with your parents?

Elliott Owens: I know it’s embarrassing at my age. I’m gonna move out soon, after I save up a bit more.

Detective Parker: All right, let’s move on. According to Mr. Harte, you’re doing freelance IT work for Harte Agency?

Elliott Owens: That’s right. I take care of their computer system and database, make sure everything’s backed up and running smoothly.

Detective Parker: How often are you required to physically show up at Harte Agency?

Elliott Owens: At most once a week, to back up files and run a systems check. Usually Friday afternoons.

Detective Murphy: Were you at the Harte Agency last Friday?

Elliott Owens: I was actually there all last week, and the week before.

Detective Parker: What were you doing?

Elliott Owens: Jeff was paying me overtime to work on a special side project with Annette. He thought there might’ve been a mole at Harte Agency because a number of their clients were backing out of deals at the last minute and switching over to Pearce, a rival company. Jeff was convinced that someone in Harte must’ve been releasing information to Pearce, and umbereqer s re you f3on a n"pan> Free CSI Videos

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