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Witness Interview Summaries: Proud Larry's Employees
 

On Friday, July 28, 2000,  Detective Sam Murphy and Deputy P.J. Watson went to Proud Larry's to interview employees to determine who may have seen Wendy Pane Holloway on the night of Friday, July 14. All employees were shown photographs of Ms. Holloway. Employee statements regarding their work hours for Friday, July 14 were verified against the payroll time sheets.

The interviews summarized below are those relevant to the investigation.

Interviews Conducted by Deputy Watson:

  • Bobby Lee, doorman, 254 Rebel Drive Oxford - Lee worked from 8:00 p.m. until closing on Friday, July 14. Shown a photograph of Wendy Pane Holloway, Lee remembered her. He said she was new in town and very attractive. Lee was pretty sure she had been there on Friday, July 14 when Sugar Whiskey was playing. She came in alone. He thought she arrived around the time of the first set at 10:00 p.m. He said she had been to the club a few times and seemed very bright and bubbly, and often seemed high. He had seen her driving a red BMW to and from the club.
  • Melanie Madigan, waitress, 1413 Adams, Oxford - Madigan worked from 6:00 p.m. until closing on Friday, July 14. Madigan she saw musician Willie King hug the woman she identified from a photograph as Wendy Pane Holloway. Madigan thought he slipped something into the back pocket of her jeans. Madigan then remembered seeing a woman she recognized from Jubilee Lounge comedy shows as Carmen Gettit (Rodriguez) that night. Rodriguez was shouting at Willie King and waving her arms. At that point, Madigan saw Holloway walk away from King and Rodriguez to the back of Proud Larry's, going up the steps towards the restrooms. 
  • Julie Wright, waitress, 2317 University Ave , Oxford - Wright worked from 7:00 p.m. until closing on Friday, July 14. She recalled seeing the woman in the photograph being involved in a loud argument with a young man. Wright didn't know the man, but thought his first name was Phil or Philip. She believed he was only in Proud Larry's a short time that night.  She said he did not appear to be drunk, but he was making a lot of noise. Wright said patrons in the restaurant area were staring at the confrontation, which lasted only a couple of minutes. She thought the man left after that because she did not see him again that night.

Interviews Conducted by Detective Murphy:

  • Tom Locke, bartender, 3016 Davis Drive Oxford - Locke worked the front bar from 6:00 p.m. to closing on Friday, July 14. He recalled seeing the woman in the photograph that night and had seen her other times when Sugar Whiskey was playing. He thought she left a while before closing on the 14th, while the band was still playing. He remembered she asked him to pass on a song request to Willie King, but said he forgot to pass on the request because the bar was very busy. Locke said couldn't recall what the song request was. 
  • Jake Newsome, bartender, 354 Jefferson Ave, Oxford - Rogers worked the back bar from 8:00 p.m. until closing on Friday, July 14. Shown a photograph of Wendy Pane Holloway, he recalled seeing her involved in a loud argument with a young man. He thought that the man confronted her as she was leaving the ladies' restroom. He described the man as most likely in his early 20s, though he might have been younger, and well-dressed. Newsome said the man did not seem to be intoxicated, but remembered he had his fists clenched and was trembling, apparently with rage. The man was yelling something about marriage and that she should stay away from his father. Holloway tried to ignore him and push past, but he blocked her path. Newsome recalls the man yelling something like "do the decent thing" and Holloway shouting back at him. Newsome said he thought about calling the manager or the doorman because they were causing a scene and he was concerned for Holloway's safety because the man seemed so angry, but it was all over in a couple of minutes. The man went out into the main bar and music area, and Holloway laughed as he stormed off. Wright was distracted at that stage by other customers and didn't see Holloway or the man after that. He did not recognize the man as a regular patron, but thought he had seen Holloway a couple of times previously.
  • Edward Whitten, waiter, 113 Twin Oaks, Oxford - Whitten worked from 7:00 p.m. to closing. After seeing the photograph, he recalled seeing Wendy Pane Holloway in the club that night. Whitten saw her go up during a music break to speak to blues musician Willie King, who seemed happy to see her and hugged her. Then he remembers that a woman came storming through the crowd from the front entrance and shouted at King. He believes that Holloway backed away and then went up the steps towards the rear of Proud Larry's. The other woman stayed up front, watching the next set. Sometime later, he saw Holloway go up to the other side of the stage, away from the other woman, and say something to Willie. 

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