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Jill Ross

Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 10:02 a.m.

Jill Ross is the Senior Assistant DA in the Yoknapatawpha County District Attorney's Office.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Jillian Ross

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

Jill Ross: Thank you. My name is Jillian Ross, but please call me Jill. My address is 390 Elm Street, Oxford.

Detective Murphy: How long have you lived in Oxford, Jill?

Jill Ross: Most of my life.

Detective Armstrong: Sounds like you aren't too happy to be here?

Jill Ross: Someday, I'd like to move on to bigger and better things, but for now, I have family to take care of here.

Detective Murphy: I understand that Mayor Windham has asked you to serve as Acting District Attorney until they can hold a special election. It must be daunting to try to fill Spenser's shoes in light of everything.

Jill Ross: Fill his shoes? I think not. I should've been the DA all along. Now that I am, I fully intend to use this opportunity to show what I can do.

Detective Armstrong: Sounds like the murder of DA has been a good thing for you, then?

Jill Ross: I wouldn't put it quite like that, but yes, you could say so.

Detective Murphy: How did you get along with Spenser?

Jill Ross: Neutral. We certainly were not each other's favorites, but we respected each other as colleagues.

Detective Murphy: What does that mean?

Jill Ross: Look, the fact of the matter is, I couldn't stand the man, but trust me on this. I was not the only one.

Detective Murphy: Surely he had friends in the office?

Jill Ross: I cannot name a single one.

Detective Murphy: Is that what other people in the office will tell us?

Jill Ross: Of course. Why wouldn't they?

Detective Murphy: How do you get along with your co-workers?

Jill Ross: Very well. We're a team.

Detective Murphy: A team that hates the captain?

Jill Ross: Hate is a strong word, detective.

Detective Murphy: Can you tell us what it was about Spenser Brooks that made you and your co-workers dislike him so much?

Jill Ross: You knew the man. I shouldn't have to explain that to you.

Detective Armstrong: Where were you yesterday?

Jill Ross: I was at home, alone.

Detective Armstrong: Did you see anyone? Talk to anyone?

Jill Ross: I have no one who can vouch for my whereabouts yesterday, but I assure you I was nowhere near Wall Doxey Park. I was working in my home office all day, drawing up indictments, actually. I do believe I can point you in the proper direction of who had a motive, though, if you're interested.

Detective Armstrong: Oh, we are definitely interested.

Jill Ross: We have been working diligently on the corruption probe of Alderman Collins. Any one of Collins' people or even Collins himself will benefit from Spenser's death.

Detective Armstrong: How so?

Jill Ross: Our investigation will be delayed, obviously. And no doubt the alderman's attorneys will use this murder as a red herring to try to undermine the probe.

Detective Armstrong: Uh-huh. Is there anyone else who had a motive to kill DA Brooks?

Jill Ross: I understand that a recently released prisoner told his fellow inmates that when he got out, he would get his revenge on the DA who sent him to jail. I know for a fact that that DA was our Spenser Brooks.

Detective Armstrong: Was Spenser aware of this threat?

Jill Ross: He was.

Detective Armstrong: Did he take any precautions when the prisoner was released?

Jill Ross: He refused. He said he wasn't going to let an ex-con intimidate him.

Detective Armstrong: I see. Do you happen to know the prisoner's name?

Jill Ross: Of course, I do. It's Kyle Ferguson.

Detective Armstrong: Oh yes, I remember that case. He said pretty much that same thing as they were leading him out of the courtroom the day he was convicted.

Jill Ross: Listen, I have a lot of work to do to prepare for tomorrow. It's going to be a brutal day. Are we about finished for now?

Detective Armstrong: Thanks for the information. Before you go, what kind of car do you drive?

Jill Ross: A Mercedes SUV.

Detective Armstrong: And where was that vehicle yesterday?

Jill Ross: It was sitting in my driveway all day. Good day to you both. You can reach me in the district attorney's office if you need anything else.

Detective Murphy: Thanks again. We'll be in touch.

Interview ended – 10:26 a.m.

 

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Still not gonna rule her out. She could have hired someone to do her dirty work. She's given us others with possible motives so we should check that out as well.?️‍♀️

  Kenda
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I hope any theory is accepted. It's my 1st time. Bare with me. Thank you.

Here's my quick response & It could be further off than on!

Ross had him murdered. Ross & Ferguson had a number of sexual escapades which was a portion of the payment to...

I hope any theory is accepted. It's my 1st time. Bare with me. Thank you.

Here's my quick response & It could be further off than on!

Ross had him murdered. Ross & Ferguson had a number of sexual escapades which was a portion of the payment to get rid of her foe Brooks.
Ferguson did some meth to get hyped up for the murder.
Ross would move up on the Judicial ladder with Brooks gone.
Ross would have the power to expunge Ferguson's record being another payment.
The hairclip belonged to Brooks GF. She left the area earlier & her clip loosened during a quickie with Brooks. The fingerprint was not related to the case.

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  Laurie Boody
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It's so early at this point in the investigation, any theory is welcome and accepted!?️‍♀️

  Kenda
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I do believe that Ross had something to do with it, How she got The liquor store owner calmed down so quickly, makes me wonder if he is also not involved, implicating himself to draw attention away from her plan, "He won't get by with this.". ...

I do believe that Ross had something to do with it, How she got The liquor store owner calmed down so quickly, makes me wonder if he is also not involved, implicating himself to draw attention away from her plan, "He won't get by with this.". I'm not so sure Ferguson was involved But also, for Ross to be involved, she would have to be just flying by the seat of her pants, she should be far too intelligent to look this guilty and BE guilty.

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  Lyn
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So we know, she did not like the victim, she wanted his job. Being a DA, she should have a better idea of how to not look guilty and so I would not think she would act guilty unless she was not guilty. His death gives her the position in life she...

So we know, she did not like the victim, she wanted his job. Being a DA, she should have a better idea of how to not look guilty and so I would not think she would act guilty unless she was not guilty. His death gives her the position in life she has wanted. She seems to have had a lot of cause to want him dead so, she has motive. She works in the DA office, so has means. But Nothing ties her to it so far, other than just being kinda nasty about the whole thing, and that is not a crime.

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  Lyn
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i think its her she seems like she would have hired someone but she did not like it and thought if hes gone no more work
that my guess new here so

  koda harris
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