YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy. Det. T. Armstrong
Incident No.: 005064-10J-2022
Case Description: Kimberly Pace death investigation
Investigators have put together the following summary of the witnesses' alibis for the window of time when the murder is believed to have been committed (~9:30 p.m. 10/15/2022 – ~12:00 a.m. 10/16/2022), based on their statements during interviews. Also included is information on the results of attempts to verify the alibis.
An alibi is designated partially or tentatively substantiated when:
- The witness's alibi is corroborated only by another witness who has a close personal relationship with him/her.
- One or more portions of the witness's time remain uncorroborated.
- The corroboration for all or part of the alibi is not conclusive.
Name: Arthur Beck
Description: Kimberly Pace's neighbor
Alibi: In his first interview, Beck said he fell asleep watching the news on TV and that he awoke around 1:30 a.m. to go to bed. In his second interview, Beck added that he worked in his backyard garden after dark with a light on before watching TV.
Confirmed? Tentatively. Neighbor George Kim saw floodlights on in Beck's yard and heard his tools at about 9:00 p.m.
Name: Laurence Bricker
Description: Kimberly Pace's colleague
Alibi: In his second interview, Bricker said he was home all evening until he went to bed.
Confirmed? Tentatively. Mrs. Bricker verified that they did not go out that evening
Name: Paul Evans
Description: Kimberly Pace's estranged boyfriend
Alibi: In his first interview, Evans said he was at the C'est Belle Gallery until 11:00 p.m. After leaving, he stopped outside K. Pace's house around 11:05 - 11:10 p.m. but did not go in, then went home (Miguel Ochoa's house) to sleep.
Confirmed? Partially.  Gallery owner Lawson corroborated the time Evans left the gallery and added that he had arrived at the gallery around 6:00 p.m.
Name: Tammy Freeman
Description: Paul Evans's current roommate's girlfriend
Alibi: In her interview, Freeman said she worked until about 9:00 p.m., went home and changed, then met Miguel Ochoa at Proud Larry's at about 10:00 p.m. Freeman said she and Ochoa stayed at Proud Larry's for approximately two hours, then went for a drive, and then to Ochoa's house, arriving there at about 1:00 a.m.
Confirmed? Tentatively. Miguel Ochoa corroborates Freeman's account of their activities that evening. Employees at Proud Larry's confirm that Freeman and Ochoa were there from ~10:00 p.m. until ~12:00 a.m.
Name: Jeremy Gladwell
Description: Kimberly Pace's neighbor and friend
Alibi: In his second interview, Gladwell said he was home all evening. He said he ordered pizza from Papa John's at 9:30 p.m., talked to a client on phone at 10:30 p.m., and answered email after eating pizza
Confirmed? Partially. Records from Papa John's confirm an order from Gladwell placed at 9:33 p.m. and delivered at 10:05 p.m. Phone company records show two telephone lines at Gladwell's residence. Call records indicate an incoming call on one of the lines from Grant Technologies, Inc. at 10:41 p.m. and lasting 19 minutes, as well as an outgoing call on the second line to dixie-net.com placed at 1:10 p.m. and lasting 11 hours, 47 minutes.
Name: Lila Lawson
Description: Owner, C'est Belle Gallery
Alibi: In her interview, Lawson indicated she was at the C'est Belle Gallery from approximately 6:00 p.m. until about 11:00, then she went home to bed.
Confirmed? Partially. Evans' first interview corroborates Lawson's departure time from the gallery.
Name: Cody Matthews
Description: Former student of Kimberly Pace
Alibi:  In his first interview, Matthews said he was outside C'est Belle Gallery around 9:00 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. until he saw K. Pace leave. Then he went back to his dorm, had a pizza, and watched a movie. Roommate returned at midnight.
Confirmed? Partially.  Matthews' roommate Jason Tang verified Matthews was in their room around midnight with the pizza and video game.
Name: Carter Nichols
Description: Student of Kimberly Pace
Alibi: In his first interview, Nichols said he was at a fraternity party all evening
Confirmed? Tentatively. In interviews with members of Nichols' fraternity:
Name: Miguel Ochoa
Description: Paul Evans's current roommate
Alibi: In his interview, Ochoa said he was at C'est Belle Gallery from around 9:00 p.m. until about 10:00 p.m., when he left to meet his girlfriend, Tammy Freeman, at Proud Larry's. Ochoa said he and Freeman went to his house, arriving at around 1:00 a.m.
Confirmed? Tentatively. Tammy Freeman corroborates Miguel Ochoa's account of their activities that evening. Employees at Proud Larry's confirm that Ochoa and Freeman were there from ~10:00 p.m. until ~12:00 a.m.
Name: Becky Pace
Description: Kimberly Pace's sister
Alibi: In her second interview, B. Pace said she left the C'est Belle Gallery at the same time as K. Pace, around 9:30 p.m. B. Pace said she then bought a bottle of wine from Colonel's Wine & Liquor and went home. She arrived home around 10:00 p.m. and ordered pizza from Domino's Pizza.
Confirmed? Partially. Gallery owner Lawson said she did not see B. Pace at the gallery after 9:30 p.m. Colonel's Wine & Liquor records show a credit card purchase for B. Pace at 9:53 p.m. Records from Domino's confirm an order from Pace placed at 10:04 p.m. and delivered at 10:41 p.m.
Name: Patrick Richards
Description: Ole Miss newspaper columnist
Alibi: In his interview, Richards said he went to work at the Pizza Hut on University at 6:00 p.m. and worked until they closed. He went back to his dorm after work and got there around 2:00 a.m.
Confirmed? Yes. Pizza Hut employee time card shows Richards clocked in at 5:59 p.m. and clocked out at 1:20 a.m.