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Monday, August 6, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed Jamie Covington at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness' knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Jamie Covington

Detective Murphy: Thank you for coming in to talk with us again.

Detective Armstrong: For the record, would you‒

Jamie Covington: James Belvedere Covington. 30 Wishing Tree Lane. See, I remembered from last time.

Detective Armstrong: I just wish you'd paid more attention to our instructions. Then I wouldn't have my boss looking over my shoulder measuring you for a cell.

Jamie Covington: The Sheriff?

Detective Armstrong: The DA thinks a night behind bars will help you understand this isn't a game. This is a murder investigation.

Jamie Covington: No reason it can't be both.

Detective Armstrong: I think the DA may be right.

Detective Murphy: Mr. Covington, if we feel we can't trust that you're telling us everything you know, we have to assume that you're lying and that there's a reason.

Jamie Covington: OK, ma'am.

Detective Armstrong: That's enough. I don't care how much you impress your coconut-throwing friends. You keep acting like this is a joke, and you're going to find yourself sitting in box. Now grow up and answer our questions. With due respect.

Jamie Covington: Yes, sir.

Detective Armstrong: Tell me something significant about the HOA meeting.

Jamie Covington: Like what?

Detective Armstrong: Surprise me.

Jamie Covington: I can't think of anything offhand.

Detective Armstrong: Try harder.

Jamie Covington: I had better refreshments back at my house?

Detective Armstrong: That's enough. You're‒

Detective Murphy: Wait. Mr. Covington, we know you played a larger part in the HOA meeting than you've led us to believe. What we'd like is an explanation.

Jamie Covington: Honestly. I don't know what you mean.

Detective Murphy: Who suggested to Mr. Garrett that he adjourn the meeting?

Jamie Covington: That was me.

Detective Murphy: You don't think that's significant?

Jamie Covington: I guess not because I forgot I even did it. Well, I did. I just passed the suggestion along. Didn't matter to me. I was planning to leave soon anyway.

Detective Armstrong: What do you mean "passed it along"?

Jamie Covington: It was Julie's idea. She thought it would be better received, coming from me.

Detective Armstrong: She told us she was sitting at the table with the other officers during the meeting. Were you sitting there too?

Jamie Covington: Me? No way. But she was sitting there. Most of the time.

Detective Armstrong: Most of the time?

Jamie Covington: She gets up and putters around sometimes.

Detective Armstrong: Like when?

Jamie Covington: I don't know. When the discussion gets heated, when someone's getting called out for not being a so-called good neighbor, when Ambrose was starting to lose his grip. For me, that's when it starts to get fun, but Julie's an old softie. She just wants everyone to be nice to everyone else. But I ask you, what fun would that be?

Detective Murphy: Why are you protecting Ms. Arbuckle?

Jamie Covington: I'm not protecting her.

Detective Armstrong: What's Julie to you?

Jamie Covington: Nothing. She was just concerned.

Detective Armstrong: That's how it starts.

Jamie Covington: Not about me, about Ambrose. He was emptying the flask a little too quickly, and she was afraid Ambrose would embarrass himself. Heck, we all were. Except for those who hoped he would.

Detective Armstrong: So why didn't you suggest it on your own?

Jamie Covington: Embarrassment can be interesting. But I saw her point.

Detective Murphy: So you suggested that the meeting be adjourned.

Jamie Covington: Yes, I did.

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