Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 10:45 a.m.

Ashley Beckwith talks about her ex, Christopher WootenAshley Beckwith is Christopher Wooten's former girlfriend. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Ashley Beckwith

Detective Armstrong: Thank you for coming in today, Ms. Beckwith. For the record, would you please state your name and address?

Ashley Beckwith: Certainly. Ashley Beckwith. My address is 913 South 13th Street, Oxford. I rent a home from my parents. Makes for cheap rent.

Detective Murphy: You've lived in Oxford for a while then?

Ashley Beckwith: Born and raised, Detective, and proud of it.

Detective Murphy: I understand your father is Bret Beckwith, is that correct?

Ashley Beckwith: Yes, our family has lived in Oxford for almost 200 years.

Detective Armstrong: Where do you work, Ms. Beckwith?

Ashley Beckwith: I'm currently enrolled at Ole Miss in the pharmacy program.

Detective Armstrong: Are you enjoying that?

Ashley Beckwith: Yes, I am. As you know, my father is a cardiologist here in Oxford, and I guess the medical bug kind of bit me too.

Detective Murphy: Do you know why we asked you to come in today?

Ashley Beckwith: I assume it has something to do with the murder of Jasmine Ledbetter.

Detective Murphy: Correct. Did you know Ms. Ledbetter?

Ashley Beckwith: No, not really. I think I may have seen her around town now and then, and someone may have pointed her out to me, but I didn't really know her.

Detective Armstrong: Didn't you use to date Christopher Wooten?

Ashley Beckwith: Christopher? Well, yes, but that was a while ago. I haven't talked to Christopher in months.

Detective Murphy: How was your relationship with Christopher?

Ashley Beckwith: How was it? Well, we were in love. It was wonderful and it was terrible. It was passionate. It was exciting and rocky.

Detective Armstrong: What do you mean by rocky?

Ashley Beckwith: Oh well, we had our arguments now and then. Christopher likes to have things his way or not at all. I was willing to sacrifice for our love though.

Detective Murphy: And what happened when Christopher didn't get his way?

Ashley Beckwith: He might yell, maybe walk away.

Detective Armstrong: Nothing more than that?

Ashley Beckwith: More like what?

Detective Armstrong: Did your arguments with Christopher ever get physical?

Ashley Beckwith: You mean did he ever hit me? Of course not. Christopher's not that kind of person.

Detective Armstrong: He does have a temper though, right?

Ashley Beckwith: Only about things he really cares about.

Detective Armstrong: And you never felt afraid or worried for your safety during any of your arguments with him?

Ashley Beckwith: No, never.

Detective Murphy: Why did you and Christopher break up?

Ashley Beckwith: At a certain point, we had to accept that, no matter how much we loved each other, we wanted different things.

Detective Murphy: So neither one of you had any hard feelings?

Ashley Beckwith: No, of course not. In many ways, Christopher was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Detective Murphy: What do you mean?

Ashley Beckwith: Well, having been in a relationship with Christopher – and having it not work out – made me realize what it takes to be in a relationship and hold it together when you truly love someone.

Detective Murphy: Did you try to get back together with Christopher after you two had broken up?

Ashley Beckwith: Well, we talked about it some, but then he moved on.

Detective Armstrong: With Jasmine Ledbetter?

Ashley Beckwith: I'm not aware of whom he moved on with, Detective. Perhaps you should ask him? All I know is he said he was dating someone new. I had no idea who that was.

Detective Armstrong: Did you know Christopher and Jasmine were dating when she was murdered?

Ashley Beckwith: No, I didn't know that.

Detective Murphy: Are you sure you didn't know Jasmine?

Ashley Beckwith: Positive. Well, other than as a passing acquaintance, I didn't. Of course, I know lots of people in that manner.

Detective Armstrong: Did you ever talk with Jasmine? Either in person or on the phone?

Ashley Beckwith: I might have said hi in passing, but I don't know her well enough to talk to her on the phone. Unless one of those nitwits at Square Pizza messed up my order, and I had to talk to her on the phone to get it straightened out.

Detective Armstrong: How did you know she worked at Square Pizza if you didn't know her that well?

Ashley Beckwith: Oh… well, it must have been in the press, or one of my friends may have mentioned it.

Detective Armstrong: Are you currently dating anyone, Ashley?

Ashley Beckwith: Oh, Detective, are you flirting with me? I must admit a man with a badge is kind of a turn on, but you're a little old for me, don't you think?

Detective Armstrong: Please answer the question.

Ashley Beckwith: Well, if you must know, I am not currently dating anyone. I'm enjoying my freedom, and actually, I don't have much time for it right now with school. But if you know some cute, young officer, you could give him my name and number.

Detective Murphy: Thank you for coming in, Ashley. We may be contacting you in the future if we have any more questions.

End interview 11:08 a.m.

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