Friday, July 13, 2018 – 1:45 p.m.
The detectives asked Mickie Webster, Home Plate's head waitress and Devlin Beauchamp's ex-girlfriend, to come in for another conversation.
Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.
- Detective T. Armstrong
- Detective S. Murphy
- Mickie Webster
Detective Armstrong: Would you please state your full name and address for the record?
Mickie Webster: Michelle Kathleen Webster, 1011 Benbow Circle, Oxford.
Detective Armstrong: Thanks for coming in again. We have a few more questions we need your help to answer.
Mickie Webster: No problem. Anything I can to do help.
Detective Armstrong: You're the head waitress at Home Plate, right?
Mickie Webster: Yes.
Detective Armstrong: You manage the waitstaff?
Mickie Webster: Well, I wouldn't call myself a manager exactly. More like a coordinator.
Detective Armstrong: Okay. As a part of your job, you know where supplies are kept and so forth?
Mickie Webster: Yes.
Detective Armstrong: Do you know if there are any weapons at the restaurant? Just in case of a burglary or something.
Mickie Webster: Weapons? No, of course not.
Detective Armstrong: Not even a baseball bat or anything?
Mickie Webster: Oh, a baseball bat. I don't think of that as a weapon, but yes, there's one of those under the bar, like you said, just in case.
Detective Armstrong: When we were there, there were two bats under the bar.
Mickie Webster: Really?
Detective Armstrong: Any idea how that could've happened?
Mickie Webster: Maybe someone brought it in before or after practice and stuck it under the bar during their shift, and then forgot about it? I don't know.
Detective Armstrong: And if one of the bats had blood on it?
Mickie Webster: What? That's terrible. Someone must've cut themselves behind the bar or gotten scraped up at practice or something. Still, to put it under the bar like that is … gross.
Detective Armstrong: You never noticed two bats under there?
Mickie Webster: No. How long had there been two?
Detective Armstrong: How long would it take you to notice there was an extra bat?
Mickie Webster: Oh, I don't know. It would depend on how busy we were, I guess.
Detective Murphy: You know, Mickie— do you mind if I call you Mickie?
Mickie Webster: Of course not.
Detective Murphy: Okay, Mickie. Since we've been sitting here, I've been looking at your hair, which looks great by the way, but have you changed it recently?
Mickie Webster: Oh. Well, yes. I got it cut not too long ago.
Detective Murphy: And maybe a little color?
Mickie Webster: Oh, I didn't think it was noticeable, but yes.
Detective Murphy: When did you do it?
Mickie Webster: I don't know. A couple of weeks ago maybe.
Detective Murphy: Maybe a little less? Like right after Devlin passed away?
Mickie Webster: Yeah. When that happened, I just … needed a change.
Detective Murphy: Here. Take a tissue. Do you want to take a moment?
Mickie Webster: No, no. I'm okay.
Detective Armstrong: Remind me. When was the last time you saw Devlin?
Mickie Webster: I guess it was that day at work. The day he….
Detective Armstrong: What did you two talk about?
Mickie Webster: Nothing. Just work stuff, customers' orders and things like that.
Detective Armstrong: When was the last time you two talked about something other than work stuff?
Mickie Webster: I don't know. Maybe a week before he ….
Detective Armstrong: What did you talk about then?
Mickie Webster: I don't know. Just things.
Detective Armstrong: Where did this conversation happen?
Mickie Webster: At his house.
Detective Armstrong: How did you come to be at his house?
Mickie Webster: I dropped by to see how he was doing.
Detective Murphy: To find out if another woman was there?
Mickie Webster: No. Well, maybe.
Detective Armstrong: And was there?
Mickie Webster: No, he was alone.
Detective Armstrong: Did he invite you in?
Mickie Webster: Yes.
Detective Armstrong: And what did the two of you do?
Mickie Webster: We talked.
Detective Armstrong: Did you have sex?
Mickie Webster: What?
Detective Murphy: We're all grownups here, Mickie. Just tell us the truth. No one is judging you.
Mickie Webster: Yes, we did, okay?
Detective Armstrong: But you were still broken up afterward?
Mickie Webster: Yes. Nothing changed. He still wanted what he wanted, and I still wanted what I wanted. We just helped each other feel a little less … lonely for a little while.
Detective Armstrong: What day did this happen?
Mickie Webster: I don't know exactly.
Detective Murphy: Yes, you do.
Mickie Webster: It was the Tuesday before he ….
Detective Armstrong: Did you spend the night?
Mickie Webster: No.
Detective Murphy: Do you know Natalie Posner?
Mickie Webster: Huh? No, I don't think so. Is she a customer?
Detective Murphy: She's someone Devlin knew. You never met her?
Mickie Webster: No, I don't think so.
Detective Armstrong: Why were you lurking outside Devlin's office while he was on the phone?
Mickie Webster: Why was I what? I didn't do that.
Detective Armstrong: That's not what we heard.
Mickie Webster: Let me guess. Kat Dixon again, right? She's never happier than when she's stirring up trouble for me.
Detective Armstrong: So you never eavesdropped on Devlin's phone conversations at work?
Mickie Webster: Why would I do that?
Detective Armstrong: You tell us.
Mickie Webster: Well, I didn't do it, so I can't explain it.
Detective Murphy: Have you ever been to California?
Mickie Webster: I was in San Fransisco for a little while in the late '90s, but I haven't been back since. It was too expensive for me.
Detective Murphy: You never went to southern California? You didn't want to see Hollywood? The Los Angeles area?
Mickie Webster: I thought about it, but like I said, it was expensive, and there were other states I wanted to visit. But I haven't been out west for years. Why does it matter now?
Detective Armstrong: Do you know Jessica Durham?
Mickie Webster: Is she in California?
Detective Armstrong: No.
Mickie Webster: Oh, you mean Jessica Durham from here. Yes, she's a friend of mine.
Detective Armstrong: Did you see her the weekend Devlin was killed?
Mickie Webster: Um … oh, yeah. I saw her on Friday when she borrowed my truck for the weekend.
Detective Armstrong: So you had to hoof it all weekend?
Mickie Webster: No. She let me use her car while she had mine.
Detective Armstrong: Did you drive her car over to Devlin's that Saturday night?
Mickie Webster: No. I was home with a migraine. Didn't I tell you that?
Detective Armstrong: So if someone saw you in Jessica's car outside Devlin's house that night?
Mickie Webster: They must be mistaken. Maybe it was another car like hers? I don't know what to tell you except it wasn't me.
Detective Armstrong: So you went home after you left work and didn't leave until the next day?
Mickie Webster: Well, I stopped by the store on the way home, but other than that, yes. Have you ever had a migraine, Detective? It doesn't make you want to go anywhere or do anything other than lie down with your eyes closed and pray the pain will go away.
Detective Armstrong: You were able to talk on the phone though.
Mickie Webster: For a little while, yes. I thought it might distract me from the pain, but it didn't work.
Detective Armstrong: I see. Do you get migraines often?
Mickie Webster: I don't know what you call often. Maybe a few times a year? I'm not sure. Is there anything else you want to know right now? I need to be getting back to work.
Detective Murphy: Okay, Mickie. Thanks for coming in to talk to us again. We'll be in touch.
Mickie Webster: You're going to want to talk to me again?
Detective Murphy: Is that a problem?
Mickie Webster: No. It's just painful. That's all. I want to help, of course, but I don't like talking about all this.
Detective Murphy: That's understandable, but we appreciate your willingness to help us find Devlin's killer. Thanks again for coming in.
Interview ended – 2:19 p.m.