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Debra Lane

Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 2:54 p.m.

Debra Lane found the body and called 911.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her in Cabin 8 at Wall Doxey Park, where she was staying.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Debra Lane

Detective Murphy: Please state your name and address for the record.

Debra Lane: I'm Debra Nicole Lane, and I live at 509 South 11th in Oxford.

Detective Murphy: Thanks. Can you tell us what happened today?

Debra Lane: Like I told the guy earlier, I was here in the cabin and thought I heard a gun go off. It bugged me, so I went outside to look around, and I found a man lying there. It was obvious he'd been shot. Pretty scary.

Detective Murphy: What did you do then?

Debra Lane: I went back to where I could get reception and called 911.

Detective Murphy: Who was he?

Debra Lane: No idea.

Detective Armstrong: You didn't recognize him?

Debra Lane: No. Never saw the guy before in my life. Should I know him?

Detective Murphy: Did you touch him at all? Shake him to try to rouse him? Check for a pulse?

Debra Lane: No, that bullet hole in his head was a pretty big clue he was dead.

Detective Armstrong: Just so I have this straight, you heard what you thought was a gunshot and went out to investigate. That was what time?

Debra Lane: I think it was around 11:00 a.m. when I heard the gun. Or, I don't know, I thought it might be some kids messing around with firecrackers or a car backfiring or something. Or it could have echoed across from the far side of the lake. I wasn't sure.

Detective Armstrong: But you didn't see anyone?

Debra Lane: The man who'd been shot, obviously. No one else. But I didn't leave my cabin right away.

Detective Murphy: You didn't?

Debra Lane: You already know this, right? Because you know the time I called. It wasn't until like 11:30 a.m.

Detective Armstrong: Why the wait?

Debra Lane: I had my headphones on when I heard it. I was listening to opera. I thought maybe I'd heard wrong.

Detective Murphy: Opera?

Debra Lane: Yeah. Harris—he's my boyfriend—he's trying to convert me. I'm not buying it so far, but whatever. I try. Anyway, I was listening to "Tosca" and knitting. I'm trying to finish a sweater for Django, and it's a Fair Isle with four colors. It's all about counting stitches. You can't lose track.

Detective Murphy: And Django is who?

Debra Lane: My nine-year-old.

Detective Armstrong: He and your boyfriend didn't come with you?

Debra Lane: No. I take a trip on my own every year around this time. It's after the holidays, Django is back in school, but it's before Harris has to deal with midterms. Sometimes I go see my parents—they're in New Orleans—but I didn't want to spend half the time in the car. The past few months have been crazy. I just needed to relax.

Detective Murphy: What kind of crazy?

Debra Lane: Oh, you know. The mom thing. Harris tries, but it's mostly up to me. Christmas plus a January birthday, do the math. And work … it's nice to be offline. Although if the TV was wifi-enabled, I could connect my phone and use the sound system for music. Then maybe I would have heard something else, gone out sooner. But with the headphones—they're noise-canceling—no way. It bugs me.

Detective Armstrong: Any trouble with the law recently?

Debra Lane: No. You would know that, right?

Detective Armstrong: Anyone in your family arrested?

Debra Lane: No.

Detective Armstrong: And you're sure didn't recognize the man you found shot?

Debra Lane: No. I mean, yeah, I'm sure.

Detective Murphy: Did you see anyone else?

Debra Lane: No. Just the dead guy.

Detective Murphy: Did you hear anything before the gunshot?

Debra Lane: Just the music.

Detective Murphy: Wasn't anyone else staying out there?

Debra Lane: It's not exactly summer vacation, right? I didn't see any tents or RVs. There were a couple of cabins with people in them, I think. Closer to the lake.

Detective Murphy: What makes you think so?

Debra Lane: Last night, after I got here, I heard voices, and I could see through the trees they had the lights on. I'm pretty sure I heard them drive off this morning, though.

Detective Murphy: Did you hear or see anyone around after that?

Debra Lane: Nope, no cars, nothing. That's what bugged me about the noise. I thought I was the only one still out here. I wondered if some kids were cruising around causing trouble or what.

Detective Armstrong: Sounds like you’ve been here before.

Debra Lane: Sure. We usually don't stay overnight. It's not that far of a drive. But the cabins are nice.

Detective Armstrong: Did you ever stay in Cabin 7?

Debra Lane: No.

Detective Armstrong: Was anyone in Cabin 7 when you arrived?

Debra Lane: No, not that I noticed.

Detective Armstrong: What time did you get here?

Debra Lane: Yesterday at about 5:30 or 6:00 p.m., I guess.

Detective Armstrong: Did you hear anyone arrive at Cabin 7 last night or this morning?

Debra Lane: Nope, sorry.

Detective Armstrong: When was the last time you were here?

Debra Lane: December. Right after school let out.

Detective Murphy: Can you think of anything else we should know?

Debra Lane: No.

Detective Armstrong: And you're sure you didn’t see anyone else after you heard the shot?

Debra Lane: Yes, I'm sure. Trust me, I've been obsessing about it ever since. It was only a stupid Fair Isle sweater, right?

Detective Murphy: Thank you for your help.

Debra Lane: Do I have to leave, or can I stay here?

Detective Murphy: You want to stay?

Debra Lane: Well, I'm supposed to be here another night, and I could use the "me time," you know? But if you say I have to leave, then I will.

Detective Murphy: As far as the sheriff's department is concerned, you can stay if you like—as long as you stay away from the crime scene.

Debra Lane: Oh, absolutely. I won't go anywhere near it. Thanks. You have no idea. Seriously, thank you.

Detective Armstrong: We'll let you get back to your "me time" now. We'll give you a call if we have more questions.

Interview ended – 3:20 p.m.

 

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I think she's hiding something. I've never seen anyone wait a half hour to investigate any noise. The opera headphone excuse sounds fishy to me. I could be wrong.?️‍♀️

  Kenda
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I think she is valid, I see no reason why she would do it

  Asmara
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I believe her. I crochet and when you're counting chains, you have to pay attention or else you have to rip it out and start again. Knitting is harder, to me at least and the fact that she had earbuds on. Maybe she didn't realize it was a half...

I believe her. I crochet and when you're counting chains, you have to pay attention or else you have to rip it out and start again. Knitting is harder, to me at least and the fact that she had earbuds on. Maybe she didn't realize it was a half hour that went by until she actually reported it.

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  Tamara Boyd
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So what do we know. She heard the shot 30 min. before she investigated. She set up the poker game, so that is 2 times she has been to the cabins. She has zero reason to want the DA dead, and she is a bit clumsy to be a for hire. I don't see her...

So what do we know. She heard the shot 30 min. before she investigated. She set up the poker game, so that is 2 times she has been to the cabins. She has zero reason to want the DA dead, and she is a bit clumsy to be a for hire. I don't see her involved. Also unfortunately the only thing we have from her is we need to see if we can find out who was at those other cabins.

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  Lyn
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