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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 9:00 a.m.

Did Austin Maxwell lie in his first interview?Austin Maxwell is reportedly the last person to see his brother and sister when he dropped them off at the Eastgate bus stop. 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
  • Austin Maxwell

Detective Murphy: Thanks for coming in again, Austin.

Austin Maxwell: Did you find out where Cam and Cait are? I heard you were using dogs over at Eastgate yesterday. Did you find anything?

Detective Murphy: Before we get into any of that, just state your name and address for the record please.

Austin Maxwell: Austin Maxwell. 103 Pleasant Drive.

Detective Murphy: We seem to have some conflicting information in our notes from the last time we talked to you. Could you tell us again what happened the morning you took Cameron and Caitlin to the bus stop?

Austin Maxwell: I took them to the shopping center, dropped them off, and went home.

Detective Armstrong: And you stopped at Burger King on the way to the bus stop?

Austin Maxwell: Right. Yeah. We got in an argument, and I pulled over for a minute to yell at them. Then I dropped them off at the bus stop and went home.

Detective Armstrong: What was the argument about again?

Austin Maxwell: Just Cam being a brat and blaming Cait for everything that doesn't go his way, blaming me for having my own interests and not spending all my time supporting his, like that.

Detective Armstrong: And how did the argument end?

Austin Maxwell: With Cameron being an ass. Big surprise. But I told him if he didn't shut his mouth, he was going to have to walk the rest of the way to the bus stop.

Detective Armstrong: What did he say to that?

Austin Maxwell: He said Dad would kill me if I did that. I told him to get out of the car, and we'd find out. That shut him up.

Detective Murphy: Did he get out?

Austin Maxwell: No, of course not. He just stayed quiet for the five minutes it took to get to the bus stop.

Detective Murphy: And then?

Austin Maxwell: And then they got out and I left.

Detective Murphy: And none of you said another word the whole time?

Austin Maxwell: Nope. Well, after they both got out at the bus stop, Cait leaned back in and whispered, "Sorry." And I wished her good luck at Nationals. That was it. Then I left.

Detective Armstrong: And went home?

Austin Maxwell: Yeah.

Detective Armstrong: What time was it when you got home?

Austin Maxwell: 4:00 a.m.

Detective Armstrong: Are you sure? I thought you said it was 3:45.

Austin Maxwell: OK, 3:45.

Detective Murphy: I don't know, Detective Armstrong. I think maybe he did say 4:00 the last time.

Austin Maxwell: 3:45, 4:00, what difference does it make?

Detective Armstrong: The difference is one way maybe you had time to do something to your brother and sister and the other way you didn't.

Austin Maxwell: I didn't do anything to them.

Detective Armstrong: Then why don't you know what time you got home?

Austin Maxwell: I do know.

Detective Armstrong: OK. When?

Austin Maxwell: It was a little after 5:00.

Detective Armstrong: Did you get lost?

Austin Maxwell: Very funny. I went to see a friend.

Detective Murphy: Do you usually visit people in the middle of the night?

Austin Maxwell: No, but I was still mad and I didn't want to go home yet. And my friend stays up late.

Detective Murphy: Uh-huh. And who was this friend?

Austin Maxwell: Ronny Sill.

Detective Armstrong: Oh, really?

Detective Murphy: And where did you visit him?

Austin Maxwell: At the Dickerson ranch.

Detective Murphy: What did you and Mr. Sill do?

Austin Maxwell: Nothing. Just hung out.

Detective Armstrong: You know who I had a chat with yesterday, Austin? Charlie Hammel. You know him, right?

Austin Maxwell: Yeah.

Detective Armstrong: And I bet you can guess what he told me about you.

Austin Maxwell: Yeah.

Detective Armstrong: So you want to tell us again what you and Ronny Sill did that morning?

Austin Maxwell: Fine. We smoked a little pot, OK? I just needed to relax. Is that a crime?

Detective Armstrong: Well, yeah.

Austin Maxwell: Whatever. I didn't hurt anybody, especially not Cam or Cait.

Detective Murphy: Did you go anywhere else that morning?

Austin Maxwell: No. I dropped them off, went to Dickerson's and then went home. That's it.

Detective Murphy: I hope that's true, Austin, because you've got enough legal problems already.

Austin Maxwell: Tell me about it.

Detective Armstrong: OK, Austin. We'll be in touch, especially if your story doesn't check out.

Austin Maxwell: Wait. Aren't you going to tell me if you found anything at Eastgate yesterday?

Detective Armstrong: No.

Detective Murphy: Thanks for coming in. You can go now.

Interview ends: 9:33 a.m.

  • Now that we know where Austin went that morning, I think a good place to start looking would be the Dickereson Ranch. I'd also like to hear what Ronny Sill has to say about that morning.

  • Austin needed a joint to help him relax. If he was needing to relax I don't think it had anything to do with any argument that supposedly took place in the car. I think that his friend Ronny Sill did help Austin with what they did do to Cameron and Caitlin.

    from Home Hill QLD 4806, Australia
  • I'm having a hard time believing that Austin is the murderer, because it's so easy. LOL I guess I'll just have to wait a while and see if anyone else pops up. There's always the off chance that someone else did it, stole their luggage and dumped the bodies somewhere else. Patience is something I'm short of.

  • Here's whats is bothering me from the start. Why would parents allow their "unholy" son to drive their "precious" cargo in the middle of the night, when they both were up and ready that night as its a custom for them to bid farewell dinner to their children before they go on competition, why then not escort it till the bus? Why leave it to Austin, for whom they know doesnt like to be woken up in the middle of the night?

  • Austin lied repeatedly about when he got home and where he went. I know that's obvious but I think it still bears highlighting. From what I can tell, the Ranch is about 15 miles away from the downtown area of the shopping center. It's late at night with very little traffic, but it appears to be out in a rural area with indirect roads. If he left the shopping center around 3:45 and says he got home at about 5:00, how much time did he really have to "hang out"? I would guess it would take close to 25-30 minutes to get there and 25-30 minutes to get back. It seems to me, best case scenerio, he was only there for about 20 to 30 minutes. Granted he may not have had any pot, thus making the trip, why wouldn't he have stayed longer? Does this seem strange to anyone else?

  • Now looking back, after reading the interview of Ryan's after his arrest. Now it seems, that argument was a lot more heated than originally thought. Now I can understand why it left Austin upset enough for him to go out to Dickerson Ranch where he smoked a joint with Ronny Sills to calm himself down. And Cameron must have been really fired up to attack Caitlin when they argued about her wanting to give up skating. This could have been eating away at Cameron.
    Except Ryan's story doesn't match the sequence of events as told by those in their interviews.
    I want to believe Ryan's story except the sequence of events didn't match the interviews given.

  • If Austin lied about what time he got home, what else was he lying about? If he didn't have anything to hide, then why didn't he just tell the truth.

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