Middle-aged woman with light hair and a sad expression

Sunday, June 9, 2019 – 3:05 p.m.

Brenda Ledbetter is Jasmine Ledbetter's mother.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department after she positively identified the body of her daughter.

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Brenda Ledbetter

Detective Murphy: Thank you for speaking with us today, Ms. Ledbetter. We're very sorry for your loss. I know it's very difficult to lose a loved one. We just have a few questions for you.

Brenda Ledbetter: Thank you. I'll try to help if I can.

Detective Murphy: First off, for the record, please state your name and address.

Brenda Ledbetter: My name is Brenda Ledbetter, and I live at 17 Van Buren Avenue, here in Oxford.

Detective Murphy: Thank you. Now, can you tell me, when was the last time you saw your daughter?

Brenda Ledbetter: I saw her yesterday at home. I left to run some errands, and she was by the door, waiting for a ride to a job interview. I never thought that would be the last time I…

Detective Murphy: Ms. Ledbetter, do you need a minute to compose yourself?

Brenda Ledbetter: No, no. I'm fine. Go ahead.

Detective Murphy: Okay. So Jasmine was waiting on a ride to a job interview. Who was going to give her a ride?

Brenda Ledbetter: It was a man named Scott, Scott Knapp. He was the one interviewing her for a job.

Detective Armstrong: What does this Scott Knapp do? What kind of job was Jasmine interviewing for?

Brenda Ledbetter: I really don't know. She didn't tell me. She just said he worked out of his home. I had planned to ask her again later.

Detective Murphy: So the last time you saw Jasmine was before you left to run errands?

Brenda Ledbetter: Yes, I didn't see her again after that.

Detective Murphy: And about what time was that?

Brenda Ledbetter: I'm not sure. I think it was around 6:00 when I left.

Detective Murphy: What time was her interview?

Brenda Ledbetter: 6:30?

Detective Armstrong: You weren't expecting her home later, after the interview?

Brenda Ledbetter: No, she said she was going to stay with a friend overnight. Her friend was going to pick her up from the interview, so she wasn't home that night. I should've told her to come home. This never would have happened.

Detective Armstrong: Can you tell us who the friend is that she was going to stay with?

Brenda Ledbetter: Her name is Megan McDowell. They've been best friends for a long time.

Detective Murphy: So, Ms. McDowell was going to pick Jasmine up from Scott Knapp's home office after the interview and take Jasmine to her house for the night?

Brenda Ledbetter: Yes, that's what she told me.

Detective Armstrong: Was Jasmine acting any different than usual? Did it seem like something was bothering her?

Brenda Ledbetter: No, she was acting okay. I think she may have had an argument with her boyfriend, but she didn't really let it get to her. She was a very strong person.

Detective Murphy: What is her boyfriend's name?

Brenda Ledbetter: Christopher Wooten. They've been dating for a while, but I really don't like him. I guess Jasmine did, though.

Detective Armstrong: Why don't you like Mr. Wooten?

Brenda Ledbetter: I just don't think he was the right man for my daughter. She needs to have standards and find a man that will really take care of her and a family.

Detective Armstrong: And you don't think Christopher Wooten could do that?

Brenda Ledbetter: I doubt it.

Detective Murphy: Did she call you at any time after the interview? Maybe to tell you how it went or just to say good night?

Brenda Ledbetter: I honestly can't remember right now. She called me a lot, so it's hard for me to say right now. My head is just so foggy. I think I'm just still in shock from all of this. I'm sure she probably did. She was good about that kind of thing.

Detective Armstrong: Let's go back to Scott Knapp for a minute. Why was he going to pick Jasmine up for the interview? That sounds a little funny to me, an employer picking up a potential employee.

Brenda Ledbetter: Well, she's between cars right now, so he offered.

Detective Armstrong: You didn't think that was unusual?

Brenda Ledbetter: I did a little, but Jasmine said he was just a nice man and I shouldn't be so suspicious of everyone. She was so headstrong. She wouldn't listen to me.

Detective Murphy: Okay. Do you and your daughter live alone?

Brenda Ledbetter: Yes, we do. Her father and I divorced a couple of years ago.

Detective Armstrong: Do you know when Jasmine last saw her father?

Brenda Ledbetter: No, I don't. Jasmine didn't go around him much since he's been remarried. His new wife, let's just say she doesn't like Jasmine much.

Detective Armstrong: Why not?

Brenda Ledbetter: She's just jealous. I don't know.

Detective Murphy: Do you know who would've wanted to do this to your daughter?

Brenda Ledbetter: No, my daughter was a sweet angel, and she was kind to everyone. I can't imagine, even if someone disliked her, that they could do this to my baby. She was my angel. Please find who did this to her!

Detective Murphy: That's what we plan to do, Ms. Ledbetter. Can you think of anything else that may be pertinent to our investigation?

Brenda Ledbetter: No. I don't know. I can barely think straight right now.

Detective Armstrong: Okay, thanks again for talking to us today. Here's our card. If you think of anything at all, please call us.

Detective Murphy: We're very sorry for your loss, Ms. Ledbetter.

Brenda Ledbetter: Thank you. Please find who did this.

Detective Murphy: We'll do everything we can. We'll be in touch.

Brenda Ledbetter: Thank you.

Interview ended – 3:27 p.m.

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Another reason why I think the mother is on this! First she clearly states that her daughter was going to spend the night with Megan but Megan reportedly stated that Jasmine wasn't going to do such thing. Another reason is the mother is so...

Another reason why I think the mother is on this! First she clearly states that her daughter was going to spend the night with Megan but Megan reportedly stated that Jasmine wasn't going to do such thing. Another reason is the mother is so protective of Jasmine and is always wanting to be around her- so why would a over protective mother let jasmine go off to a job interview with a complete stranger?

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  smile4all
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When did Megan say that? This is the first time I've heard mention of her.

  Kathaarsis
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What cloths was she wearing when she left and did she have an overnight bag to take with her?
Stepmother doesn't like Jasmine...or is it that Brenda doesn't like the Stepmother?

  daroo196
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I feel bad for the mother losing her daughter

  Dr Isaiah O Reid
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It's interesting that mother can't remember the phone calls. It has been just one day (or less) since the murder

  Rin Flavia
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Also why did not Jasmine tell her mother about what job will she do? Maybe she had a secret relationship with Scott?..

  Rin Flavia
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I agree it's only been one day and the mother can't remember her last conversations with her daughter are you serious.

  Dr Isaiah O Reid
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I believe Jasmine mother should be brought back in and be questioned again

  Dr Isaiah O Reid
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I wonder is the mother a suspect

  Dr Isaiah O Reid
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