Jillian Ross interview
Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 10:02 a.m.
Jill Ross is the Senior Assistant DA in the Yoknapatawpha County District Attorney's Office.
Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed her at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department.
- Detective T. Armstrong
- Detective S. Murphy
- Jillian Ross
Detective Armstrong: Please state your name and current address for the record.
Jill Ross: Thank you. My name is Jillian Ross, but please call me Jill. My address is 390 Elm Street, Oxford.
Detective Murphy: How long have you lived in Oxford, Jill?
Jill Ross: Most of my life.
Detective Armstrong: Sounds like you aren't too happy to be here?
Jill Ross: Someday, I'd like to move on to bigger and better things, but for now, I have family to take care of here.
Detective Murphy: I understand that Mayor Windham has asked you to serve as Acting District Attorney until they can hold a special election. It must be daunting to try to fill Spenser's shoes in light of everything.
Jill Ross: Fill his shoes? I think not. I should've been the DA all along. Now that I am, I fully intend to use this opportunity to show what I can do.
Detective Armstrong: Sounds like the murder of DA has been a good thing for you, then?
Jill Ross: I wouldn't put it quite like that, but yes, you could say so.
Detective Murphy: How did you get along with Spenser?
Jill Ross: Neutral. We certainly were not each other's favorites, but we respected each other as colleagues.
Detective Murphy: What does that mean?
Jill Ross: Look, the fact of the matter is, I couldn't stand the man, but trust me on this. I was not the only one.
Detective Murphy: Surely he had friends in the office?
Jill Ross: I cannot name a single one.
Detective Murphy: Is that what other people in the office will tell us?
Jill Ross: Of course. Why wouldn't they?
Detective Murphy: How do you get along with your co-workers?
Jill Ross: Very well. We're a team.
Detective Murphy: A team that hates the captain?
Jill Ross: Hate is a strong word, detective.
Detective Murphy: Can you tell us what it was about Spenser Brooks that made you and your co-workers dislike him so much?
Jill Ross: You knew the man. I shouldn't have to explain that to you.
Detective Armstrong: Where were you yesterday?
Jill Ross: I was at home, alone.
Detective Armstrong: Did you see anyone? Talk to anyone?
Jill Ross: I have no one who can vouch for my whereabouts yesterday, but I assure you I was nowhere near Wall Doxey Park. I was working in my home office all day, drawing up indictments, actually. I do believe I can point you in the proper direction of who had a motive, though, if you're interested.
Detective Armstrong: Oh, we are definitely interested.
Jill Ross: We have been working diligently on the corruption probe of Alderman Collins. Any one of Collins' people or even Collins himself will benefit from Spenser's death.
Detective Armstrong: How so?
Jill Ross: Our investigation will be delayed, obviously. And no doubt the alderman's attorneys will use this murder as a red herring to try to undermine the probe.
Detective Armstrong: Uh-huh. Is there anyone else who had a motive to kill DA Brooks?
Jill Ross: I understand that a recently released prisoner told his fellow inmates that when he got out, he would get his revenge on the DA who sent him to jail. I know for a fact that that DA was our Spenser Brooks.
Detective Armstrong: Was Spenser aware of this threat?
Jill Ross: He was.
Detective Armstrong: Did he take any precautions when the prisoner was released?
Jill Ross: He refused. He said he wasn't going to let an ex-con intimidate him.
Detective Armstrong: I see. Do you happen to know the prisoner's name?
Jill Ross: Of course, I do. It's Kyle Ferguson.
Detective Armstrong: Oh yes, I remember that case. He said pretty much that same thing as they were leading him out of the courtroom the day he was convicted.
Jill Ross: Listen, I have a lot of work to do to prepare for tomorrow. It's going to be a brutal day. Are we about finished for now?
Detective Armstrong: Thanks for the information. Before you go, what kind of car do you drive?
Jill Ross: A Mercedes SUV.
Detective Armstrong: And where was that vehicle yesterday?
Jill Ross: It was sitting in my driveway all day. Good day to you both. You can reach me in the district attorney's office if you need anything else.
Detective Murphy: Thanks again. We'll be in touch.
Interview ended – 10:26 a.m.