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On the evenings of Friday, July 18, and Sunday, July 20, 2014, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy and other investigators interviewed patrons at Duffy's Bar & Grill, 2201 Jackson Avenue West. They spoke with 51 patrons, of whom 27 were present the night of Thursday, July 3, and/or the night of Sunday, July 13.

The 27 patrons were questioned about:

  • any unusual circumstances the night of July 3, and whether they had seen Andrew Fine and his wife, Cynthia, in the bar.
  • whether they had seen John Reagle and the hand he brought to the bar the night of July 13.

The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.


Cooke

James Cooke
963 W McDowell Road, Jackson, MS

Cooke said he and his wife, Brianna, were at Duffy's Bar & Grill the night of July 3, 2014. He said they were sitting at a table in the back of the bar near the pool table, and he could see everything that was going on at the end of the pool table closest to where he was sitting.

Cooke said it was the first time he and his wife had been to Duffy's. He said he and his wife were to see family who lived in Oxford and had a room at a hotel near Duffy's. Cooke said they had come back to the hotel around 9:00 p.m. after visiting their relatives that evening, and they wanted to relax and have a beer and a snack before heading back to their room.

Cooke said the only thing they witnessed while they were there was a loud guy shooting pool and doing a good job at it. Cooke said the man and his partner ran the table the entire time the Cookes were there.

Cooke said he decided to contact the YCSD after seeing a news report on TV about the sheriff's department's search for witnesses who had seen a man in the early morning hours of July 4. Cooke said he and his wife thought the description of the man sounded like the man they had seen at Duffy's.

Cooke said he and his wife live only about 150 miles from Oxford and had been planning to travel to Oxford again to finish family business. After speaking with YCSD detectives, Cooke made arrangements to meet with an investigator at Duffy's for this interview.

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