Thursday, July 22, 2004 --
This witness, identified as the victim's roommate and cousin, was
interviewed at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department,
accompanied by her attorney. The interview was conducted by Det. Sam
Murphy and Det. Ted Armstrong, and was recorded on a portable tape
recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.
TA = Detective T. Armstrong
SM = Detective S. Murphy
MP = Michelle Prescott
SC = Slade Chesterson III, esq., attorney
for the witness
SM: Thank you for seeing us, Ms. Prescott. Would you state your name
and address again for the record?
MP: Michelle Prescott, 588 Hathorn Road, Apartment 232.
SM: Thank you. As you know, we're continuing to investigate Ms.
Waterson's murder and--
MP: I know. I've read about it in the papers and I find it
SM: How so?
MP: You arrested Hunter Nelson without having all the facts. I mean
-- it seems like you've made a terrible mistake, ruined his reputation,
and for what? It was hasty and wrongheaded, if you'll forgive me for
TA: You're awfully worried about this reputation thing.
TA: Mr. Nelson was a viable suspect at the time, and yet all you can
talk about is his reputation.
MP: It's important. Hunter seems to be a respectable young man -- the
higher you start, the farther you have to fall. We've discussed this
before -- it's important to be protective.
TA: Like you.
MP: What do you mean?
TA: Well, before, you mentioned how it's important to think of the
consequences of your actions.
MP: Well, of course. I only associate with people who share the same
interests and attitudes, who appreciate quality. Part of that is
maintaining quality within myself. By that I mean it's important to
uphold high standards.
TA: And Ms. Waterson didn't really fit your standards, did she?
TA: Well, earlier you criticized your cousin for being careless,
reckless. Maybe you were worried she would rub off on you. A stain on
your quality, as it were.
MP: Don't be ridiculous. We've discussed this already and I refuse to
speak of it further. It's insulting to the love I felt -- and still feel
-- for Kristi for you to be accusing me of such awful things.
TA: Or maybe your boyfriend got a little too close to Ms. Waterson
MP: No, absolutely not. You're being offensive. Slade, do something,
SC: Detectives, this is getting tiresome.
SM: Our problem is this. Rob LaRouche can vouch for your whereabouts
the night Ms. Waterson died, but otherwise it's hard to really pin down
what you were doing.
MP: Rob is a completely upstanding person. I don't understand why his
word isn't considered adequate -- I'm telling the truth, and he can
attest to that.
TA: He may be completely upstanding, but apparently he can't tell
time. Why would he say you showed up at a totally different hour for
MP: I have no idea -- I can't control his inaccuracies. All I know is
that I went to his house at seven. We went for a drive, stopped for gas,
got back to the apartment around 8:30 and watched a DVD. We ordered
pizza. I'm afraid I didn't record the minutiae of the evening beyond
that -- but surely someone saw us throughout the evening, the pizza boy
or something. Aren't I right, Slade?
TA: Being spotted by a delivery guy isn't the same as being home all
SM: And earlier you said you didn't get to Mr. LaRouche's place until
8:30 to begin with. You can see why we're confused.
MP: It was seven. I swear it.
TA: Are you sure about that? Or maybe it was a little later because
during that hour--
MP: This is so upsetting. I wish you would stop.
SC: Do you have a point?
TA: Or perhaps you both had a hand in Ms. Waterson's death.
SM: Ms. Prescott, did you commit this crime?
MP: Please -- how many times do I need to say it? Of course I didn't.
SM: Who do you think did it then?
MP: I don't know. I haven't the slightest idea -- I mean, it couldn't
possibly be anyone I know.
TA: But it could have been someone Ms. Waterson knew.
MP: I don't know. Maybe one of her boyfriends, but I can't believe
it. I mean, I can't believe she would put herself at that kind of risk.
Please -- I told you already I refused to be a party to that aspect of
her life. I didn't want to be drawn into association with people like
that. She had an illness, a wound that needed to be healed. It's so
upsetting to think of.
SM: Ms. Prescott, why would anyone want to hurt Ms. Waterson like
MP: I've told you -- I don't know. I mean I've gone over it so many
times, and I can't think of any reason. It's completely senseless to me.
SM: How do you think someone might have committed this murder?
MP: I can't imagine it.
TA: What would you say if later you were proven guilty of killing
MP: How? I didn't -- it's impossible.
SM: Well, would there be any reason for someone to have spotted you
at The Turn that evening?
MP: Absolutely not. Please, Slade -- this is too upsetting.
SC: Detectives, you've had your fun. You're going too far.
TA: We'll be the judge of that.
MP: No. I refuse to discuss this any further. It's so hurtful what
you're saying, I can't stand it. I don't have to tolerate this, do I? I
don't have to stay here?
SC: Let's go.
TA: Be our guest. Just don't go far.
Interview ends -- 10:33 AM