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Witness Interview: Philip "Scooter" Stillwater

Tuesday, August 1, 2000 - 4:30 p.m.

In response to the detectives' request for an interview, this witness, a twenty-two year old student at the University of Mississippi, met with Detective Ted Armstrong at the Ole Miss Student Union. The interview was taped on a portable tape recorder with Mr. Stillwater's knowledge and consent.

TA = Det. Ted Armstrong
PS = Philip Stillwater

TA: Would you state your name and address for the record, please?

PS: Philip Stillwater, 238 Highway 6 West, Oxford.

TA: What do you do for a living?

PS: I'm still basically a student. I just finished my bachelor's degree, but I'm still taking a few classes here and there. I'm thinking about getting a Master's, but I haven't decided yet.

TA: Several witnesses placed you at Proud Larry's on the night of Friday, July 14th. Is this true?

PS: When was that? A week ago? Two weeks ago?

TA: That's right. Just a little over two weeks.

PS: Then, yes. I was there.

TA: Do you regularly go to Proud Larry's?

PS: Not that often. I normally hang out at the Downtown Grill or City Grocery. Every once in a while, I'll go to Proud Larry's to hear a band.

TA: What time did you arrive at Proud Larry's that evening?

PS: Probably around ten-thirty or eleven.

TA: Stay long?

PS: Nah, probably not more than an hour. Maybe an hour and a half.

TA: What did you do there? Talk to anyone? Dance?

PS: No. I went in looking for some friends. I couldn't find them, so I got bored pretty quickly and left.

TA: Talk to anyone in particular?

PS: Not that I recall. Just a few people here and there.

TA: So, you went in looking for some friends, couldn't find anyone, hung out for a bit, and then just left. Normal night on the Square, right?

PS: Pretty much so.

TA: Some of the witnesses say that they saw you arguing with a woman.

PS: No. I don't remember that.

TA: Supposedly, you were pretty mad.

PS: I'm sure it was nothing. Probably some hippie spilled beer all over my shoes or something. I probably just snapped at someone, nothing major.

TA: You're sure? This was supposedly a very pretty woman. I'd think you would remember.

PS: Are you looking for any information in particular, Detective? You seem to be pretty pointed in your questions.

TA: Okay, here's the deal. This is a small town. I'm sure you've heard about Wendy Holloway's murder. There is some indication that she was the woman you were arguing with at the bar. Are you telling me you just snapped at some hippie chick and those witnesses are incorrect?

PS: Look, I didn't do anything wrong. I certainly don't know anything about that woman's death.

TA: Then tell me the truth.

PS: All right. I did fight with her. Or rather yelled at her. She just stood there with this smirk. Just laughing at me, the bitch.

TA: What were you fighting about?

PS: She was having an affair with my father. I told her to leave him alone, to go wreck some other home.

TA: What was her response?

PS: The slut just smiled and said that my father loved her and was going to leave my mom and marry her. I told her to guess again. We're not proud of Dad's actions but he's had boatloads of affairs. She was just another plaything and didn't even know it.

TA: How mad were you?

PS: How mad do you think I was? It was just her attitude. Acting like she was something special. She's no different than that chick who worked at Oxford Floral or that speech therapist from Tupelo. They were all just young toys for Dad. But no, she couldn't accept that.

TA: So what happened?

PS: She just walked off. I stood there screaming, but she just pranced away. Then I left.

TA: Where did you go?

PS: Home.

TA: Straight home?

PS: I rode around for a while. I was still pretty pissed. So I went out on Highway 6 and cruised for a while. Then, I went home.

TA: And you stayed there for the rest of the night?

PS: Yes.

TA: Did you speak to your mother or father when you got home?

PS: I talked to my mother when I came in. She was in the kitchen in their house when I stopped in for a snack. I don't keep that much food at my place.

TA: Do you have any other information to tell me?

PS: No. That's it. But let's get one thing perfectly clear... I had nothing to do with that woman's death. I was angry, yes. But I would never do anything like that.

TA: Okay. You'll be around town in case we need to speak to you again, right?

PS: Sure.

TA: Thanks for your time.


End interview 4:48 p.m.

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