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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 3:10 p.m.

The detectives spoke to the Fines' downstairs neighbor at Oxford Ridge

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's investigators conducted a canvass of the Andrew Fine's neighbors in the Oxford Ridge Apartments.

Cheryl Kline is the Fines' downstairs neighbor at Oxford Ridge. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her at her apartment. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Cheryl Kline

Detective Armstrong: Thanks for allowing us to have some of your time.

Cheryl Kline: Is this going to take long? I have things I have to do.

Detective Armstrong: We'll take as little time as possible.

Cheryl Kline: Hey, I agreed to an interview, but I ain't making no court appearances.

Detective Murphy: We'll worry about that later. Besides no one mentioned court. Please state your name and address for the record.

Cheryl Kline: Yeah, my name is Cheryl Kline, and I live at 594 Hathorn Road here in Oxford.

Detective Murphy: We noticed you live below the Fines. That's why we're here. We need some information concerning Mr. Fine

Cheryl Kline: Unfortunately, I do. Constant noise when he's there. What a loser! It's either the stereo or his big mouth. Always yelling.

Detective Murphy: Is that right? What's it like when he isn't around?

Cheryl Kline: It's quiet. Cindy minds her own business. I hardly ever see her. Kinda shy, I think. The last time I saw her, she looked like she was in a battle, bruises and small cuts. Other than that, I don't know too much else.

Detective Armstrong: Are you on a first name basis with Cindy?

Cheryl Kline: Yeah, you could say that. I mean we aren't like in the same social clubs or nothing.

Detective Murphy: Do remember what were you doing late on the night of July third, say around 1:30, 2:00 a.m.?

Cheryl Kline: I was sound asleep, like every night. Except when there's something going on upstairs in the middle of the night.

Detective Murphy: Did you hear anything at all that night, particularly from upstairs at the Fines' apartment?

Cheryl Kline: I heard someone coming in around 12:30 or so. After that, I went to bed.

Detective Murphy: That was two weeks ago. Why do you remember the time so clearly?

Cheryl Kline: I'll tell you why. Damn firecrackers!

Detective Murphy: I'm sorry? What do you mean?

Cheryl Kline: Damn firecrackers! Fourth of July, every idiot in the city thinks they gotta set off firecrackers the whole damn weekend. I hate that shit! Pardon my French, but it just really bugs me.

Detective Murphy: I understand. So that's why you remember that night?

Cheryl Kline: Yeah. I thought I'd never get to sleep that night. I had half an idea it was that Andy Fine out there lighting off firecrackers in the parking lot, but I wasn't about to look out there and find out or tell him to stop. That man probably would've just thrown a lit firecracker at me or worse! When I heard them go in upstairs, I figured I'd finally be able to get some sleep.

Detective Armstrong: You heard both of them go in or only one?

Cheryl Kline: I don't know. One. Both. What difference does it make? Alls I know is, it got quiet then and that's all I cared about.

Detective Armstrong: Did you hear anything after that? After 12:30 or so?

Cheryl Kline: I was asleep after that. I don't remember hearing anything else.

Detective Murphy: When was the last time you actually saw Andy Fine?

Cheryl Kline: I try not to see the guy, if you know what I mean. He makes me sick just to look at him. He should be shot the way he treats his wife. Anyway, it was a while ago. Cindy and him were going some place. They were more dressed up than usual. I don't talk to Cindy when he's around. He gets real P.O.-ed, and I don't want to make things worse for her.

Detective Murphy: When you say it was a while ago, what do you mean?

Cheryl Kline: I don't know. A couple weeks, maybe? A month? I don't really remember.

Detective Murphy: Anything strike you as odd or out of the ordinary that last time you saw him going out with his wife?

Cheryl Kline: I guess I was surprised he was taking her with him, wherever he was going. He didn't do that much. But other than that, no. Nothing strange.

Detective Armstrong: Do you happen to remember the next time you saw Cindy after that?

Cheryl Kline: Seems like I saw Cindy coming home by herself that Saturday afternoon. I think it was that Saturday. She was coming in while I was heading toward the pool.

Detective Armstrong: Did you notice anything unusual about her or her appearance at that time?

Cheryl Kline: Unusual for Cindy or unusual for other people?

Detective Armstrong: What do you mean?

Cheryl Kline: Well, it looked like Andy had knocked her around again, but that wasn't unusual for Cindy. Regular people don't have black eyes as often as not, but Cindy does. Or did. I guess that won't exactly be happening any more now, huh?

Detective Murphy: Anything else you can add to this?

Cheryl Kline: No, that is about all I can say.

Detective Murphy: If you think if anything else please let us know. Here are our cards with our numbers. Call us if anything comes to mind.

Cheryl Kline: Anything to help poor Cindy out.

End interview - 3:33 p.m.

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