Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 5:34 p.m.

Shannon Ledbetter

Shannon Ledbetter is the victim's stepmother. 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
  • Shannon Ledbetter

Detective Murphy: Thank you for coming in today, Mrs. Ledbetter. Would you please state your name and address for the record?

Shannon Ledbetter: Yes, my name is Shannon Ledbetter, and my address is 310 Lewis Lane in Oxford. I live with my husband, Kevin Ledbetter. This has been so hard for him. Do you have any idea who the killer may be?

Detective Armstrong: We're working on that, ma'am.

Shannon Ledbetter: Well, for Kevin's sake, I hope you find someone soon. The poor man is just beside himself with grief.

Detective Murphy: This must be tough on you too then. I mean, she was your stepdaughter. You spent time with her, didn't you?

Shannon Ledbetter: Well, of course I spent time with her. She came over quite often.

Detective Murphy: To see your husband?

Shannon Ledbetter: Yes, to see Kevin and me. We got along very well.

Detective Armstrong: So you and Jasmine never had any problems?

Shannon Ledbetter: Other than just little household rules, nothing.

Detective Murphy: Household rules? Like what?

Shannon Ledbetter: Oh, just the normal things. For instance, putting her drinks on coasters, taking her shoes off to come in the house, or hanging up her towel after a shower. Just little things that I like to have done in my home that were new for her.

Detective Armstrong: Other than that, the two of you didn't have any problems?

Shannon Ledbetter: No, none at all.

Detective Armstrong: How about your husband? We're he and Jasmine getting along OK?

Shannon Ledbetter: Of course. Kevin adored that girl.

Detective Armstrong: No disagreements between them?

Shannon Ledbetter: No, not that I know of.

Detective Murphy: How about you and Kevin? Are the two of you getting along?

Shannon Ledbetter: Well, as I said, he's taking this whole murder very hard, and that does strain our relationship some.

Detective Murphy: How about before the murder?

Shannon Ledbetter: Our marriage is perfect. We have no problems. We don't argue, and we have complete faith and trust in each other. We have a very open relationship with each other. We communicate about everything. We can tell each other anything.

Detective Armstrong: Where were you Sunday evening, November 3rd?

Shannon Ledbetter: Me? You can't think I had anything to do with this.

Detective Armstrong: We're asking everyone, ma'am.

Shannon Ledbetter: Well, I was at home.

Detective Armstrong: Alone?

Shannon Ledbetter: Of course not. Kevin was with me.

Detective Murphy: The entire evening?

Shannon Ledbetter: What do you mean, Detective? You can't possibly believe Kevin would have anything to do with this do you?

Detective Murphy: So he wasn't home the whole time?

Shannon Ledbetter: Yes, he was with me the entire evening.

Detective Armstrong: Do you know of anyone who might want to hurt Jasmine?

Shannon Ledbetter: She was a delightful young woman. I don't know that I would let my daughter run around with pink streaks in her hair, but it wasn't my place to say anything.

Detective Armstrong: Did Jasmine ever tell you she was having trouble with anyone?

Shannon Ledbetter: No, she didn't confide in me.

Detective Armstrong: If you had to come up with someone who would be capable of doing this, who would you think of?

Shannon Ledbetter: I can't think of anyone, Detective. Possibly someone she knew? I didn't know all of her friends.

Detective Murphy: Well, thank you for coming in today, Mrs. Ledbetter. If we have any further questions. we'll be in touch.

Shannon Ledbetter: You're welcome.

Interview ends: 5:53 p.m.

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  •  Our marriage is perfect. We have no problems. We don't argue
    AL ARM BELLS! Nobody has a perfect marriage.

  • All of her little note's on Jasmins reaction to house rules and her pink streaks, makes me believe that she is trying to make Brenda's parenting look bad. (Wich might or might not, be true)
    She seems to know, that her husband still has feelings for his former wife and is jealous.
    Maybe she thought Jasmin to be the last link to Kevins ex-wife?
    Maybe she thought Jasmin as a threat.

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