Young man with short dark hair

Jimmy Carnes

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 3:20 p.m.

Jimmy Carnes was working as a clerk at the Kangaroo Express convenience store when he found the body of Katie Masters in the women's restroom.

Detectives Armstrong and Murphy re-interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department.

Participants:

  • Detective Ted Armstrong
  • Detective Samantha Murphy
  • Jimmy Carnes

Detective Murphy: Right this way, Jimmy. Take the same seat that you had the last time you were here.

Jimmy Carnes: Thanks.

Detective Murphy: Please state your full name and address for the record.

Jimmy Carnes: My name Jimmy Carnes, and I still live in my trailer on lot 66 at the Wheel Estates, on 913 South 18th St. I've lived with my grandparents most of my life, but I moved into town last year. Can't say I like it much.

Detective Armstrong: Are you sure that you never spoke with Katie Masters?

Jimmy Carnes: No, I didn't talk to her.

Detective Armstrong: Didn't she flirt quite openly with you?

Jimmy Carnes: Yes, she did flirt a lot. Her and another girl came to the station a lot. Sometimes, just to buy gas and sometimes to get chips. Anytime she got out of the car, she flirted with anyone around, not just me.

Detective Armstrong: You tried to get her to go out with you, didn't you?

Jimmy Carnes: No! I'm no fool. I knew she'd never go out with a farm boy like me. That by itself would've stopped her, but add to it the fact that I working at a gas station, and that would have been the clincher. She thought she was too good for the likes of me. I was tempted to tell her to stop flirting because I wasn't interested, but I didn't.

Detective Armstrong: Now, come on, Jimmy. You and I both know you couldn't resist asking her out.

Jimmy Carnes: I thought about asking her to go to church with me once, but I never did get up the nerve to do it. I didn't want to deal with being laughed at.

Detective Armstrong: Are you sure you never saw her wearing skates before the evening you found her in the restroom?

Jimmy Carnes: No, she never wore skates in the store before that night. I would have noticed.

Detective Armstrong: What about the missing restroom key? Are you telling us that you never missed the key until Rosalie Hansen brought it to your attention?

Jimmy Carnes: I never noticed the key being gone until then.

Detective Armstrong: So, did you put the Out of Order sign on the restroom door?

Jimmy Carnes: No, I didn't put that sign up. Do you know how much people complain when the restroom is closed?

Detective Armstrong: Did Katie make you mad enough to show her that you wouldn't take any more laughter from her?

Jimmy Carnes: What are you saying? I was never mad at her. Never! I thought she was beautiful. She acted trashy, but I knew she really wasn't.

Detective Armstrong: What did she say to you when she flirted?

Jimmy Carnes: Nothing. But her girlfriend didn't like it. I could hear them arguing about it one time. Her friend told her to stop teasing me, and Katie told her to shut up.

Detective Armstrong: Did she stop?

Jimmy Carnes: No, she still flirted every time she stopped for gas. They were still arguing when they got in the car one day, as they drove away.

Detective Murphy: Have you ever seen this man before? His name is John.

Jimmy Carnes: I don't know. Maybe? A lot of people come in the store.

Detective Murphy: What about this one? His name is Bobby.

Jimmy Carnes: No, I don't remember— wait, I think I have seen him. He's a friend of Katie's, right?

Detective Murphy: Is he?

Jimmy Carnes: I saw them arguing outside the store. I was keeping an eye on them in case I had to call the cops. Sometimes arguments can get out of hand, you know.

Detective Murphy: If they were arguing, what made you think they were friends.

Jimmy Carnes: I don't know. Just the way they were with each other, I guess.

Detective Murphy: When was that when you saw them arguing?

Jimmy Carnes: I don't know. It's been a little while. Maybe a couple, three weeks ago?

Detective Murphy: But you still remember it?

Jimmy Carnes: Yeah.

Detective Murphy: Okay. About the stranger you saw earlier in the evening on the day Katie was killed, have you remembered anything about him since we last spoke?

Jimmy Carnes: No, only that he was hurrying like he was in a rush. I've already told you everything I know. Can I go? I have to get to work or I'll lose my job.

Detective Murphy: All right. We may need to talk again. We'll be in touch.

Interview ended – 3:38 p.m.

 

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I have more questions for Jimmy here in this interview... Like, In what way did Katie flirt with him in particular, give us some examples? Why did he think she wasn't really trashy, what did she say or do to give him that impression? Does he...

I have more questions for Jimmy here in this interview... Like, In what way did Katie flirt with him in particular, give us some examples? Why did he think she wasn't really trashy, what did she say or do to give him that impression? Does he think Corrie was jealous or just felt sorry for him? Have we spoken with his boss to confirm the security cameras didn't work? Speaking of cameras was there no other place nearby that had working cameras that might possibly have caught/captured at least someone coming or going into the vicinity around the time of the murder? Has the coroner finished their report to give us a better idea as to time and cause of death? So much more to find here...?️‍♀️

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  Kenda
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did the police check kangroo express cameras and see where carnes was at the time of incident?

  shariq
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Is it a mistake that he says his name is Johnny Ray Clark instead of Jimmy Carnes?

  Richard
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