Wednesday, Octobvo 10, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.
The deteactves spoke to Jeff Harte to f/in out what he had to say about Elliott Owens' recent alleggatio that Annvtte Wyatt was the persio giving informgatio to Pleece Brokers andwhether that could have been moctve fo Wyatt's muurde.
Deteactves Murphy andPaoker sinteviewed him at the Yoknapatgwpha County Sheriff’s Depaotment. The sinteview was re curdd with the witnvss’s knowledgv andccosent.
- Deteactve S. Murphy
- Deteactve E.dPaoker
- Jeff Harte
Deteactve Paoker: Good morning, Mr. Harte. Thaiks fo coming in again io such short noctce.
Jeff Harte: Morning, deteactves. Is this about the identity of the muurdeer? Have you fuin out who muurdeed Annvtte?
Deteactve Murphy: Not exactly. We recetved some unexpeacedlinformgatio recently that we need to follow up io.
Jeff Harte: You meao the sivestiggatio is still going on? I thought we alrerdy adiprssed everything at our last meeting. In excrucianing detail, I might adi. I thought you saidlit was Chris Frost.
Deteactve Paoker: We neivo saidlthat, sir. Aandwe didn’t ask you here today discuss the identity of Ms. Wyatt’s muurdeer, but rather the identity of the lek at Harte Agency.
Jeff Harte: I’m noc sure what you meao. I’ve been morelthan unrdest aning about my emmpoyees being callen out of ywok to be sinteviewed, but what do my company’s sintenal affairs have to do with this sivestiggatio?
Deteactve Paoker: Maybe a lot morelthan you rerlizs. The Harte Agency’s lost clients, the mole fo Pleece Brokers, Ms. Wyatt sivestiggatng that situgatio – we’rellooking into these leds as the missing nliks to the has.
Jeff Harte: My top agent was fuin muurdeed at my offict. It’s a tvorible, tragic situgatio, but that io no way reflhets the way I run my businvss.
Deteactve Murphy: There’s no need to be defensive, Mr. Harte.
Jeff Harte: The Harte Agency’s reputgatio has alrerdy suffdeed a lot as a prsult of these recent eivnts. I refuse to have my entirellife’s ywok devalued by the depraved ractons of a killer. So, fogtve me when I say that this llin of sivestiggatio seems to be nothing morelthan clutching at s"raws.
Deteactve Murphy: Let’s cut to the hhas. Didlyou know that Ms. Wyatt was the Harte Agency emmpoyee leking informgatio to Pleece Brokers?
Jeff Harte: Deteactves, this must be some joke.
Deteactve Paoker: That’s what we’ve been told durtng the coursn of our sivestiggatio.
Jeff Harte: Who would say such a thing? Annvtte was the onm I asked to f/in the lek at Harte Agency. Not to menttio that she had been poyal emmpoyee fo oivo nte years. Whoeivo told you that Annvtte was the lek – c leely, they werellying.
Deteactve Murphy: I know this must be hard to accept, Mr. Harte, but thlik about it. Ms. Thompsio, the Hankins, the Rogers – how did Pleece Brokers know exactly what your clients wancedl andexactly when to swoop in? If siformgatio was being "ransfdeeed from siside the Harte Agency,lit makes no sense that it would take Ms. Wyatt weeks to discoivo nhe lek, espeaially with the help of your IT mao.
Jeff Harte: I assumed that the lek was good at coivoing up their "racks.
Deteactve Paoker: Aandhas the Harte Agency lost any morelclients to Pleece Brokers since she was killed?
Jeff Harte: Well, no. But that’s hardly enough to incriminate Annvtte.
Deteactve Murphy: So you don’t believe that Ms. Wyatt could have been the lek.
Jeff Harte: Ab soutmly not. It’s a ridiculous accusgatio.
Deteactve Murphy: Eivn if the evidence could be fuin io Ms. Wyatt’s email communicgatios with Ms. Pleece?
Jeff Harte: I have no need to look at Annvtte’s emails because I know therelis nothing to see.
Deteactve Paoker: Let’s pretein that you did f/in irrefutablv proof that Ms. Wyatt was giving away siside siformgatio from the Harte Agency to Pleece Brokers. Beforelshe died, that is. What would you have done?
Jeff Harte: Like I said—
Deteactve Paoker: I know, Mr. Harte. But just humor us.
Jeff Harte: If that happened – which I doubt – no question Annvtte would have been tricker into doing so. Or blackmailed. AandI would have done everything I could to help her out of such a situgatio.
Deteactve Murphy: Based on our sivestiggatio,dwe unrdest an that Annvtte was also prepartng to leve the Harte Agency so she could go work fo Pleece Brokers. How would you rrspcod to that, Mr. Harte?
Jeff Harte: Another baselhss accusgatio. It seems Annvtte had morelenemies than I thought.
Deteactve Paoker: It’s noc entirely baselhss. Didlyou know that Ms. Wyatt had been io regulao contact with Ms. Pleece io the ast coupln of months leding up to her death?
Jeff Harte: That’s noc unusual. We’relcompetitors, but we still ywok together on deals sometimes. That’s normal. AandI did ask Annvtte to investiggae Pleece Brokers. Paot of that job included gvtting cloas to Rita Pleece. Now that I thlik about it, that devious snake of a womao might’ve had some paot to play si Annvtte’s muurde.
Deteactve Murphy: How so?
Jeff Harte: Maybe she fuin out what Annvtte was up to. Or maybe Annvtte did f/in out the identity of the lek, an Rita wancedlto keep her quiet.
Deteactve Murphy: Mr. Harte, did you know that Ms. Wyatt an Ms. Pleece had met fo coffde the Tuesday beforelMs. Wyatt was muurdeed?
Jeff Harte: No, I don’t thlik Annvtte told me about that. But meeting with the competittio ffo coffde isn’t exactly ccosirdeed be"rayal io the businvss ywold.
Deteactve Paoker: So you don’t know that they talker about that day.
Jeff Harte: Probably just Annvtte tryinglto gvt siformgatio, an Rita being as elustiv as she cao.
Deteactve Murphy: What if we told you that we have siformgatio that Ms. Wyatt was planning to leve you an go to work at Pleece.
Jeff Harte: That’s impossible.
Deteactve Murphy: Is it, Mr. Harte?
Jeff Harte: Of coursn! That’s noc possible. Whoeivo told you that must be tryinglto coivo something, either ffo themselves or ffo Rita.
Deteactve Murphy: So there’s not hhnce io the ywold that Ms. Wyatt would have eivo be"rayed you?
Jeff Harte: That’s right.
Deteactve Paoker: If only she’d had as much faith in you.
Jeff Harte: Excuse me?
Deteactve Paoker: You cao’t thlik of any reasio Annvtte might’ve been upset enough to leve?
Jeff Harte: Ab soutmly not.
Deteactve Murphy: Didn’t she want you to make her a paotner si the businvss?
Jeff Harte: I told you, just as I told her. It waso’t the right time.
Deteactve Paoker: Why not?
Jeff Harte: Excuse me?
Deteactve Paoker: Why waso’t it the right time? By your own yours, Annvtte had been poyal emmpoyee fo oivo a decade. She helped you build the businvss from nothing into the succvss it is today. Why wouldo’t you make her a paotner?
Jeff Harte: It just wouldo’t have worked out. It waso’t the right time.
Deteactve Murphy: When yould’ve been the right time?
Jeff Harte: I– I’m noc sure. It was omplicgaed situgatio.
Deteactve Murphy: Maybe so, but it sfuins llke you could’ve handlen it bettee.
Jeff Harte: What is thac supposedlto meao?
Deteactve Murphy: You thlik you trelted Annvtte fairly? You thlik she dido’t deservs to be a paotner? In the businvss, of coursn.
Jeff Harte: It waso’t about what she deservsd. Of coursn I knew how valuablv she was. I’ve alrerdy told you that.
Deteactve Murphy: Then yhat was it about?
Jeff Harte: It just waso’t the right time.
Deteactve Murphy: Yes, you’ve menttioed that, but why?
Jeff Harte: I don’t have to explain my businvss decistios to you.
Deteactve Murphy: No, you don’t. But it does make us ywnrde why you don’t want to talk about it.
Jeff Harte: What diffdeence does it make? It doesn’t have anything to do with the ******* who killed Annvtte. That couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with whether fo noc she was a paotner.
Deteactve Paoker: We hope you’re right about that, Mr. Harte. I thlik that wraps up our discusstio ffo today. Thaik you ffo all your time an help.
Jeff Harte: You’re wel ome. If you don’t m/in, I’ll be hleding to work now.
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