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Interview Summaries: Businesses in Kristi Waterson Murder Area Canvass

On Wednesday, May 26, 2004, the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department conducted a canvass of businesses in the area of Kristi Waterson's residence. Investigators were looking for potential witnesses who saw or heard anything, including anyone who may have seen the man reported by witnesses at The Turn and Campus Walk apartment complexes, on the night of the murder of Kristi Waterson, Saturday, May 22, 2004. The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.

  • Joel Bryce, age 39, plumber

Mr. Bryce said "I was coming out from under one of the buildings over at the Ewok Village. Had an emergency after-hours call. I was dusting off and getting my snake out of there when I seen this clean cut boy walking up the street, heading towards The Turn Apartments. I done some work over there a time or two. The boy had on brown pants, a blue shirt, and carried a bag. That's the only person I seen walking that night." Mr. Bryce said he saw the subject walking between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. on the night of May 22, 2004.

  • Ruth Ellen Carson, age 21, clerk at the Double Quick convenience store, 1401 Jackson Avenue West

Ms. Carson said she saw a number of people walking down Hathorn Road on the night of May 22, 2004. "There were some black guys, a couple of times I saw them wandering up and down the road. I think they live back there somewhere 'cause I see 'em a lot. They come in here and buy cigarettes sometimes. There was a college kid, preppie-like, walked by here about 6:00. And an older woman, probably in her fifties, said her car broke down, walked up and asked to use the phone."

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  • Ralph Grubb, age 19, delivery driver for Domino's Pizza, 1603 Jackson Avenue West

Mr. Grubb said that he was making a delivery at The Turn Apartments around 8:00 p.m. on the night of May 22, 2004. He passed a college-aged male walking through the parking lot. He said the man was wearing khaki pants, a blue polo shirt, and carrying a duffel bag. "Honestly, I was driving a little fast and almost clipped the guy. That's the only reason I remembered it. Other than that, I didn't see anything or notice anything while I was there."

  • Bill Jones, age 20, cook at Papa John's Pizza, 1506 Jackson Avenue West

Mr. Jones said that he was taking a smoke break outside the Papa John's store around 1:00 a.m. on the night of May 22, 2004. He said he saw a college-age male wearing tan pants, blue dress shirt, and a baseball cap walking down the street. He said that the subject did nothing to warrant his attention and that he finished his cigarette and went back to work. "If y'all weren't here pressing me to remember any little thing I saw that night, then I wouldn't have any reason to think about that guy. He was just walking along, minding his own business." Mr. Jones stated that he did not see where the subject went.

  • John Smith, age 24, manager of Dino's Pizza & Steakhouse, 1420 Jackson Avenue West

Mr. Smith said that he saw a Caucasian male in his early to mid-20s in the parking lot between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on the night of Saturday, May 22, 2004. "We were cleaning up and I was trying to get the hell out of there. So I didn't really pay much attention." He said the subject was wearing khaki pants and a blue shirt. "The customers had all been gone for a while, so I knew he had parked in our lot and gone somewhere else. Kiamie's maybe." Mr. Smith said that Dino's does not aggressively tow cars that park in their lot without dining there and therefore it's not unusual for someone to leave their car there, go to another establishment, and return for their vehicle later. Mr. Smith said he was busy cleaning and did notice which car the subject got into. "With all of the employee cars and other overflow cars parking there, the lot was still pretty full at that point."

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