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Witness Interview: Russell Templeton, Friend of the Victim's Boyfriend

Thursday, November 2, 2000 - 5:20 p.m.

The witness, a thirty year old man, was interviewed by the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department at the Sheriff's Department..

TA = Detective T. Armstrong
RT = Russell Templeton

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

RT: My name's Russell Templeton and I live on Price Street.

TA: And where do you work?

RT: I work out at the physical plant on campus.

TA: Where were you on the night of October 14th?

RT: I was with Jack Swanson and Henry Butler. Down on the Square.

TA: You guys went out?

RT: Yeah, we all met at the Beacon and got something to eat. Then we went out.

TA: Do you remember the places you went?

RT: We went to Clyde's, Proud Larry's, Murff's. Just about everywhere. We spent the most time at the Jubilee Lounge.

TA: You guys drinking?

RT: Oh yeah. We all were drinking pretty hard that night.

TA: Did Jack ever tell you about his relationship with Zoe?

RT: Yeah, he was always telling me about her out messing around with all these other guys. It pissed him off pretty bad.

TA: Really?

RT: Wouldn't it piss you off? Your woman out tarting around with every guy in town?

TA: I guess it would. I had gotten the impression from some people that it wasn't that bad. That their relationship wasn't all bad.

RT: Well, I never did like Zoe and everyone knew it. Maybe Jack told me more of the crap cause he knew I didn't like her no way.

TA: Why didn't you like her?

RT: She was just a slut. And a selfish one at that. You always got the idea that she was trying to figure out how to use a person to her advantage.

TA: Okay, back to the night of the 14th... what did you guys do when the bars closed?

RT: We went home. We dropped Jack off at his car at the Beacon and then I took Henry to his truck and we all went our separate ways.

TA: Did anyone call anyone or did any of you talk to anyone?

RT: Jack called Zoe right before we left the Jubilee Lounge. He was pretty drunk and I guess he wanted some action. Or at least a warm bed. Of course she wasn't there so I think he just left a message.

TA: What was Jack's reaction when he couldn't reach her?

RT: He got pretty pissed off. How much of that does a man have to take?

TA: You're sure about that? He was angry?

RT: I can't say for sure. We were all pretty drunk and he was hammered for sure. It was pretty noisy, but I think I heard him getting kinda mad. Saying that he hoped she wasn't out with some guy. Maybe I just interpreted it that way, maybe he wasn't that pissed.

TA: Do you know where he went after you dropped him off?

RT: He said he was going to sleep for a while in his car. So I assume that's just what he did. He told me later that he slept for several hours and then drove home.

TA: I see. Thank you for stopping by. We'll be in touch if we have any more questions.

End interview 5:38 p.m.

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