Alibi check – Lyle Nelson
On Thursday, November 5, 2020, Deputy Willits interviewed employees who were working at Lyle Nelson's store, the Happy Hunter, on October 29, and Deputy Watson interviewed employees at the Roadhouse, a popular local restaurant.
In his October 30 interview with Detective Murphy, Lyle Nelson said he was at his store until around 6:30 p.m. and then went to the Roadhouse on the evening of October 29 when Frederick Miller was killed.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
The Happy Hunter
Mitch Barry said he worked his shift from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. that Thursday. He said Lyle Nelson was still there when he left.
Barry said he volunteered to stay later and help Nelson close, but Nelson declined, saying that he would take care of closing duties.
Blythe Jerrold said she worked from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29. When she left for the day just after 6:00 p.m., Nelson was still there, closing things down.
Jerrold said she offered to assist Nelson in completing the closing tasks, but Nelson said he didn’t need any help.