Canvass – Billee's Auto Service
YCSD investigators interviewed employees of Billee's Auto Service to determine whether any of them had any information about the anonymous text messages sent to Veronica Smith that originated near that location.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
Name: Carl Beck
Address: 428 Beauregard Circle, Oxford, MS
Mr. Beck is the head mechanic at Billee's Auto Service. Beck said he had been working there for almost as long as Lee himself. He said he had a good relationship with Lee despite Lee's bad temper and said had managed the shop for Lee for a short time when Lee's sister passed away last year.
When asked about the sister's death, Beck said Lee had a tough time when she died and rarely spoke about it. Beck said Lee seemed to be in better spirits when his brother-in-law was in the shop and speculated that Lee let his brother-in-law work a few shifts a week in the office because of that.
When asked to identify the brother-in-law, Beck said the man mostly stayed in the office away from the other employees. Beck said he'd heard other employees refer to the man as Kay. Beck described the man as white and middle-aged but said he couldn't be more specific because he hadn't seen the man for a few weeks.
When asked if he'd seen Lee or anyone else sending text messages, Beck said, “Everyone texts nowadays, right?”
When asked if he knew Veronica Smith, Beck said he thought she had been a customer at the shop but didn't remember meeting her.