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Darren Barksdale had been dating Annette Wyatt since 2009

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.

Darren Barksdale had been dating Annette Wyatt since 2009, and investigators wanted to understand more about their relationship at the time of her murder.

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

Participants:

  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Detective E. Parker
  • Darren Barksdale

Detective Murphy: Hello, Mr. Barksdale. For the record, could you please state your full name and address?

Darren Barksdale: Hello, yes. My name is Darren Dale Barksdale and my home address is 1711 Anderson Road, Apt. 244 in Oxford.

Detective Parker: Tell us a little about yourself.

Darren Barksdale: As you can see, I am a handsome devil. I’m smart, I like online role playing games and I am a natural with numbers. Most people think I’m a geek. I’ll accept that, but as my girlfriend– um, she used to say I’m a sexy geek.

Detective Murphy: What is your occupation?

Darren Barksdale: I’m a manager at Best Buy in Tupelo.

Detective Murphy: Tupelo?

Darren Barksdale: Uh-huh. I commute. I am very happy with my job, and it’s worth the drive to me.

Detective Parker: How does someone who is good with numbers end up working at Best Buy?

Darren Barksdale: I get that a lot. I have my degree in accounting, but for now I’m satisfied working at Best Buy. I get to flex my accounting muscles and my geek muscles there.

Detective Murphy: Very well then. We asked you here to talk about Annette Wyatt. What was your relationship with her?

Darren Barksdale: She was my girl. I was in love with her.

Detective Murphy: How did the two of you meet?

Darren Barksdale: It was the best night of my life. I was at the bar with a few of my friends, and I saw her sitting at the bar. Oh, she was a sight for sore eyes. She had a little red dress on and red heels, and she was beautiful. My friends dared me to ask her to dance. I knew she was way out of my league, but I accepted the dare.

Detective Murphy: Where did this magic moment happen?

Darren Barksdale: The Library, here in Oxford.

Detective Murphy: When was this?

Darren Barksdale: One awesome night in May about three years ago.

Detective Murphy: She said yes to the dance?

Darren Barksdale: She said yes to everything. As I approached her, I noticed that her nails and lips were the same shade of red as her dress and shoes. She was sc: ting,tbook myrbreith wae. I lmMosteturred grouns andwment{bace to y" talre.

Detective Parker:Soe what happeredntexe?

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Detective Parker:Daid you tkre her home?

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