Wednesday, June 23, 2004 --
The witness was working at Dino's Pizza on the night Kristi Waterson
was murdered. Restaurant records show he was one of two drivers on duty
that evening. The interview took place at the Yoknapatawpha County
Sheriff's Department and was recorded on a portable tape recorder with
the witness's knowledge and consent.
TA = Detective T. Armstrong
SM = Detective S. Murphy
DR = Dave Rivera
SM: Thanks for stopping by today.
DR: Sure thing. What's up?
SM: For the record, would you state your name and address?
DR: Dave Rivera, 721 Martin Luther King Drive.
SM: How old are you, Mr. Rivera?
DR: 19. I'm a sophomore.
SM: A student at the university?
DR: Yeah. Is this about that professor being murdered?
SM: And where do you work?
DR: I'm a delivery driver Dino's -- on Jackson Avenue? It's decent
money. So is this about that murder?
SM: We're making enquiries about Ms. Waterson's death, yes.
DR: Wow -- cool. I didn't have any classes with her, but I heard she
TA: What's your major, Mr. Rivera?
DR: Journalism? And music. When I graduate I'm going to write for
TA: Excellent. Mr. Rivera, what can you tell us about the deliveries
you made the night of Saturday, May 22?
DR: I don't usually work Saturdays. Oh, wait -- May 22. I totally
remember that night! I was going to see The Cool Jerks but then Aaron
asked me to sub for him. I was totally bummed, but I needed the cash.
SM: What else do you remember? Any particular deliveries?
DR: It was pretty typical night. I mean, it was totally crazy? ‘Cause
it was Saturday. But otherwise, just the usual routine.
SM: What time did you start work?
DR: Six to midnight was my shift. I got home around twelve-thirty.
TA: Mr. Rivera, we need you to try to remember details. How many
deliveries did you make?
DR: Wow. No idea. Maybe twenty? It was a lot.
SM: Were there any deliveries in particular that stood out?
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DR: No. I mean, wait -- there were a couple of good tippers. Some
rich guy on Elm Street -- I've seen his car on campus? He's got one of
those Insight hybrids, it's awesome! Anyway, he gave me, like, a
ten-dollar tip on a totally normal order. It was just a pizza -- wait, I
totally remember now! It was half Hawaiian, half Mediterranean. I was
handing over the box and saying how, with Mediterranean, I was always
sure to keep it level, ‘cause that pesto sauce can run and get into the
other half which would totally suck.
SM: What was his name?
DR: I don't know him. He paid cash? It was 15 bucks and he had a
twenty and a five, and he was all, "Keep the change."
SM: Who was he with at the time?
DR: I don't know. I didn't see anyone else. He was alone in the hall
when he opened the door. Wait -- there was someone else there. The TV
was on in the living room and I heard a chick asking if he needed money.
He told her no -- that's when he gave me the awesome tip.
SM: Around what time was that, would you say?
DR: It was just getting dark. I guess around nine?
SM: What did you notice about his appearance?
DR: Nothing special. He looked like a yuppie. You know -- polo shirt
and all that.
SM: Is this him?
TA: What about the woman -- did you see her?
DR: No. I heard her though. She sounded like a snob. Or maybe that
was the TV? I heard an English accent, you know?
SM: Okay. What else can you tell us about that delivery?
DR: I don't know. It was a regular pizza delivery? I can't think of
anything else except the dude looked rich.
TA: What about the second good tipper?
DR: It wasn't as much. It was like five dollars, but it was a bigger
order? I think they got some dipping sticks.
TA: Where was that?
DR: Out on North Lamar -- the big houses out there? Rich kids
partying, I guess.
SM: What else can you tell us about that evening?
DR: I can't think of anything else.
TA: Did you make any deliveries to The Turn?
DR: No. I know the apartment manager there -- Dewey? He's awesome! I
go there sometimes and hang out.
TA: Did you ever see Ms. Waterson there?
TA: The professor.
DR: Oh -- she lived there? Wow! No. I totally didn't know that.
TA: Okay. What about people out walking around. Did you see anything
DR: No. I mean, there were lots of people hanging out at
But otherwise no. I don't remember.
TA: All right. Just give us a call if you remember anything else.
Interview ends -- 1:52 PM