Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 10:01 a.m.
Stacy Beecher, who is married to the victim's handyman Joey Beecher, was interviewed at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department by Detectives Armstrong and Murphy. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.
Detective T. Armstrong
Detective S. Murphy
Detective Armstrong: For the record, could you please state your name and address?
Stacy Beecher: My name is Stacy Beecher, and I live at 1172 Magnolia in Oxford.
Detective Murphy: One of the Fontaine developments.
Stacy Beecher: Yeah.
Detective Armstrong: Your husband was Fontaine's handyman?
Stacy Beecher: That's right.
Detective Armstrong: We've heard your husband was well-paid.
Stacy Beecher: Not for all the work he did. He should've gotten lots more for all the jobs he did. Fontaine's a cheapskate.
Detective Murphy: That so?
Stacy Beecher: Yeah. Joey did all kinds of jobs for Fontaine.
Detective Murphy: What kind of jobs?
Stacy Beecher: Other than repair? I couldn't say.
Detective Murphy: You just said all kinds of jobs. What did Joey tell you?
Stacy Beecher: He didn't. He said they weren't pretty and I didn't want to know.
Detective Armstrong: What do you think?
Stacy Beecher: I think Joey would do anything for the Fontaine family and that they're ingrates. That's what I think.
Detective Murphy: Did your husband ever talk about the Fontaines?
Stacy Beecher: Sure. Who else would he talk to, except maybe Will down at the bar?
Detective Armstrong: Philip and Ashley Fontaine, they had a good marriage, right?
Stacy Beecher: Not at all. Everyone in town has heard rumors.
Detective Armstrong: We know about the rumors. What did your husband say?
Stacy Beecher: He said the rumors were true, that each one of them was stepping out on the other.
Detective Murphy: So who are these people?
Stacy Beecher: Fontaine had a thing going with this personal trainer, Dawn Thurman. Ashley's slutting around with Kyle Parker. He's also a trainer the health club. Joey told me.
Detective Murphy: How did Joey know?
Stacy Beecher: He said Fontaine had him follow Ashley. Then that gold digger Dawn wanted a new TV or something. Fontaine bought her one and sent Joey to install it.
Detective Murphy: When did Joey tell you?
Stacy Beecher: A couple, three weeks ago.
Detective Armstrong: How did Joey feel about all that?
Stacy Beecher: He'd just shrug and say it was the best job he'd ever had.
Detective Murphy: How did you feel?
Stacy Beecher: Rich people. The way they throw money and everything else away. Disgusting. We should be so lucky.
Detective Armstrong: What were you doing on the night of Philip Fontaine was killed, Mrs. Beecher?
Stacy Beecher: Joey got a call from Fontaine. I told him not to go, but he said the boss needed something done. We had a big fight. Then he left for the Fontaines'. I stayed home and watched TV.
Detective Armstrong: What did you two fight about?
Stacy Beecher: Like I already told you, Fontaine's getting a good guy on the cheap. Joey's a fool not to ask for more. I told him so.
Detective Armstrong: What time did Joey come home?
Stacy Beecher: I was asleep. Probably after midnight, but when I woke up at about 1:00, he was snoring and stinking to high heaven of booze.
Detective Murphy: So Joey didn't go to Fontaine's?
Stacy Beecher: I don't know. All I know is he was drunk when he came home. Probably spent the night at The Roadhouse. He's there a lot.
Detective Murphy: Mrs. Beecher, do you own any knives?
Stacy Beecher: Sure, kitchen knives.
Detective Murphy: May we take a look at them?
Stacy Beecher: Take them, if you want. I've been meaning to get some nicer ones anyway. One broke recently.
Detective Murphy: Just how did that happen?
Stacy Beecher: Last week when I was rearranging the kitchen. It fell on the floor and I stepped on it on accident.
Detective Murphy: Did you cut your foot?
Stacy Beecher: I was wearing shoes.
Detective Armstrong: So you were at home alone from after 7:00 p.m. until after 1:00 a.m.?
Stacy Beecher: I said that, yeah.
Detective Armstrong: Thank you, Mrs. Beecher. We may want to speak with you again.
Interview ends: 10:19 a.m.