Smiling woman with blonde hair

Sherry Guyton interview #3

Thursday, July 20, 2023 – 11:59 a.m.

Sherry Guyton is a senior at Yoknapatawpha High School and a former member of the cheer squad.

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


  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Sherry Guyton

Detective Murphy: Hello, Sherry. Thank you for—

Sherry Guyton: You can skip the niceties. I know what you want.

Detective Murphy: Will you state your name and address, please?

Sherry Guyton: We both know you already know it, but I'll play your little game. I live at 211 Lincoln, in Oxford—same place as always.

Detective Murphy: I see your attitude hasn't changed. Why don't you tell us what we want since you said you already knew?

Sherry Guyton: Oh, come off it. You want me to confess to something I didn't do. How many times do I have to tell you that I didn't kill Katy?

Detective Armstrong: Why should we believe that?

Sherry Guyton: I admit I hated her, but I wanted her to suffer the same kind of pain I suffered and am still suffering.

Detective Armstrong: How did you intend to make her suffer, if not by making her die a terrifying and excruciating death?

Sherry Guyton: I wanted to ruin her life like she ruined mine. She crippled me, and I will always be this way. I'll never get to do any of the things I've always loved ever again. I can never be a cheerleader. I can't participate in sports. I'm useless.

Detective Murphy: Here's some water, and the tissues are right there. Pull yourself together, and we'll begin again.

Sherry Guyton: I don't want to begin again. I want to get out of here, forget this, and never think about it again. But I can't. I have to live the rest of my life being a cripple.

Detective Murphy: You admitted you were in the woods where Katy was killed that same morning she died. Tell us again what you were doing there.

Sherry Guyton: Why? You don't believe me. I don't care that Katy's dead, except for the fact that she won't suffer like me.

Detective Murphy: We'd like to hear it one more time. Did you see anyone else there while you were there? Did you hear anything?

Sherry Guyton: What difference does it make if I saw a motorcycle gang or a cheerleader or an ax murderer? You don't believe me anyway.

Detective Armstrong: Did you see any of those things?

Sherry Guyton: So what if I did?

Detective Armstrong: If you did, then maybe you aren't the one who killed Katy.

Sherry Guyton: I already told you I didn't kill her.

Detective Armstrong: You also told us you saw a motorcycle gang and a cheerleader and an ax murderer, so you can see how we'd be skeptical.

Sherry Guyton: I didn't say I saw all of those things. You can't just put words in my mouth like that!

Detective Armstrong: Sherry, did you see anyone else in the woods that morning or not?

Sherry Guyton: I don't know, okay? I thought I saw a cheerleader, but that doesn't make any sense. They were all at Cheer Up, and even if they weren't, why would someone be wearing their uniform on a random Saturday morning? It makes no sense!

Detective Armstrong: You expect us to believe that nice little story? It's awfully convenient for you to put the blame on people we know you hate.

Sherry Guyton: I don't care if you believe it or not. Now I'm done. Don't ask me back here again.

Detective Murphy: You can go, but if we need you again, we will be calling you.

Interview ended – 12:12 p.m.


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