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Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 9:30 a.m.

The detectives re-interviewed the victim's father

Kevin Ledbetter was the victim's father. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Kevin Ledbetter

Detective Armstrong: Thank you for coming down again, Mr. Ledbetter.

Kevin Ledbetter: No problem, Detective. Anything I can do to help catch my little girl's killer.

Detective Armstrong: Would you please state your name and address for the record?

Kevin Ledbetter: Certainly. Kevin Ledbetter, and I live at 310 Lewis Lane in Oxford.

Detective Murphy: Mr. Ledbetter, in our first interview, you said that you and Jasmine had been close but recently that closeness had faded.

Kevin Ledbetter: Yes, unfortunately she and my wife didn't get along as well as I hoped, but I think that would have gotten better, given time.

Detective Murphy: Did you ever give Jasmine rides when she needed to get somewhere?

Kevin Ledbetter: Rides? Well, sometimes, yes I would. She would usually call a friend, but if she got stuck somewhere, she knew she was welcome to call me.

Detective Armstrong: On the night of November 3rd, did she call you for a ride?

Kevin Ledbetter: The night she was murdered? No, I didn't receive a call from her that evening. I wish I had. Maybe I could have saved her.

Detective Armstrong: Are you OK, sir? Do you need a moment?

Kevin Ledbetter: No, no, I'll be fine. It's just tough to talk about it now that it's sunk in that my little girl, my precious little girl is gone. That someone would do this to her, she was an angel. I can't see why someone would hurt her. And then just leave her body in the woods for some animal to find? What kind of sick person would do such a thing?

Detective Murphy: That's what we're trying to find out. You mentioned she was an angel. Was there anyone who didn't care for her?

Kevin Ledbetter: No, everyone liked her. I can't think of anyone that would hate her enough to do this.

Detective Murphy: Was she really an angel, Mr. Ledbetter? I mean, to you, she was, but is it possible she might have been doing things you would disapprove of?

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