Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
Ginny and Mitchell Hankins, a married couple in their mid-20s, reportedly transferred their business from the Harte Agency to Pearce Brokers.
Detectives Murphy and Parker interviewed them at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witnesses' knowledge and consent.
- Detective S. Murphy
- Detective E. Parker
- Ginny Hankins
- Mitchell Hankins
Detective Murphy: Thank you for coming in. This won’t take long. Would you both state your names and your address for the record?
Ginny Hankins: I'm Ginny Hankins, and I live at 194 Orrwood Drive. I love saying that. We just moved in.
Mitchell Hankins: Mitchell Hankins. I live out of boxes – ouch – at the same address.
Ginny Hankins: That didn't really hurt him.
Detective Murphy: Congratulations on the new home.
Ginny Hankins: It's a dream come true.
Detective Parker: You worked with Pearce Brokers on that deal, didn't you?
Ginny Hankins: Yes, we did. Is that why you asked us in to talk? Is there something wrong with the sale? Nobody is going to take away our home, are they?
Detective Murphy: Let me put your minds at rest. We aren't aware of anything like that.
Mitchell Hankins: So why are we here? I've never gotten a satisfying answer.
Detective Murphy: Do you know an Annette Wyatt?
Ginny Hankins: She was that real estate agent that was killed in her office. Right?
Detective Murphy: Did you have any dealings with her?
Mitchell Hankins: What are you trying to imply here?
Detective Murphy: We're not trying to imply anything. We're just asking questions.
Mitchell Hankins: Do we need a lawyer?
Detective Murphy: Not unless you think you need one. Do you?
Mitchell Hankins: I don't know. What are you accusing us of, buying a house?
Detective Murphy: We're not accusing you of anything. We simply hoped you could help us with our investigation into the murder of Annette Wyatt.
Mitchell Hankins: We never dealt with her. Is that all?
Detective Murphy: She never contacted you in any capacity before or after you bought your house?
Mitchell Hankins: We never had any contact with her whatsoever. What are you trying to say?
Detective Parker: Who did you deal with at Harte?
Ginny Hankins: We talked with Jeff Harte, the owner. If Annette was in the office when we were, we were never even introduced to her.
Detective Parker: If you were talking to Jeff Harte, how did Pearce Brokers end up selling you your house?
Ginny Hankins: Rita called us up, heard we were looking, and said she had the perfect property for us. Which she did. It was the house we now call home.
Mitchell Hankins: Did we do anything wrong?
Detective Parker: I don't know that much about the real estate business, but apparently agents aren't supposed to approach people who are already working with other agencies.
Mitchell Hankins: Nobody told me that.
Ginny Hankins: Is this going to affect the sale?
Detective Murphy: I don't think there's any danger of that. You bought the house. It's yours.
Mitchell Hankins: The bank bought the house, if anybody's asking.
Detective Murphy: Did Rita Pearce tell you how she got your names?
Ginny Hankins: I just thought all the real estate agents worked together to make sure people got the homes they wanted.
Detective Murphy: From what I hear, that's not how it works.
Ginny Hankins: I wonder if Jeff Harte thinks we betrayed him. He was a nice man, wasn't he?
Mitchell Hankins: He was. I'm sure you could just refer some of your friends to him, even things out.
Ginny Hankins: Bess has been talking about looking.
Mitchell Hankins: There you go.
Detective Murphy: Had either of you ever dealt with Rita Pearce before?
Ginny Hankins: No.
Mitchell Hankins: This is our first home.
Detective Murphy: So how did she know enough about you to have the perfect house?
Ginny Hankins: That's a good question.
Detective Murphy: Thanks. So if you come up an answer, please give us a call.
Mitchell Hankins: You bet.
Interview ends - 7:27 p.m.