Incident report

Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting gunshots at the Oxford Eagle newspaper offices.

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Monica Drum bio

Born and raised in Ohio, Monica moved to Mississippi to work for the Oxford Eagle.

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Craig Pegues bio

Craig has been the publisher of the Oxford Eagle since his father retired.

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Craig Pegues interview

The detectives spoke to Monica's boss about professional or personal enemies she might have had.

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Nicole Grayson bio

Nicole is a local artist who has been friends with Monica Drum for several years.

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Nicole Grayson interview

The detectives asked Nicole to come in and talk about her connection to Monica Drum.

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Shawn Sharp bio

Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Shawn has been the Eagle's sports editor since 2013.

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Shawn Sharp interview

The detectives spoke to sports reporter Shawn Sharp about working for Monica.

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Eagle editor found dead

Oxford Eagle managing editor Monica Drum was found dead in her office early Sunday morning.

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Crime scene inventory

YCSD Forensics provided an unofficial inventory of the victim's desk and file cabinet.

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Ernie Parrish bio

Ernie, a decorated veteran, has been working as the newspaper's overnight security guard since 2007.

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Ernie Parrish interview

The detectives spoke to the security guard who was on duty the night Monica died.

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Eagle visitor logs

YCSD investigators obtained the Oxford Eagle visitor logs from April 14 through July 14, 2019.

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Victim's phone logs

YCSD investigators located Monica's personal record of her outgoing calls and their purpose.

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Victim's appointments

Investigators exported Monica's recent calendar data from the computer taken into evidence in her office.

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When News-Makers Become the News

The Crime Beat reports: Where is Monica's ex (?) boyfriend in the investigation into her murder?

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Bettina North personnel file

The Oxford Eagle provided the personnel file of terminated employee Bettina North.

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David Ledford personnel file

The Oxford Eagle provided the personnel file of terminated employee David Ledford.

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John Winter personnel file

The Oxford Eagle provided the personnel file of terminated employee John Winter.

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Store owner admits killing Drum

The Crime Beat reports: Alleged shooter blamed Drum for ruining his life

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Melvin Roberts bio

Melvin is a native Yoknapatawphan and was well-liked until he was falsely accused of rape.

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Melvin Roberts interview

Melvin agreed to talk to the detectives about his confession to killing Monica Drum.

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Newspaper clip file – Melvin Roberts

Investigators pulled copies of articles Monica wrote about Melvin Roberts.

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YCSD Archive: Drum/Roberts incident report

From the Sheriff's Department 2014 Archives: Monica Drum filed this report regarding Melvin Roberts.

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Incident report - object found

A caller reported the discovery of an unusual object found in Monica Drum's residence.

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