Young man with dark hair and eyebrows

Wesley Brooks

Thursday, January 28, 2021 – 12:17 p.m.

Wesley Brooks is the victim's son.

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

Participants:

  • Detective T. Armstrong
  • Detective P. Beckwith
  • Wesley Brooks

Detective Beckwith: Good afternoon, Wesley. Thanks again for coming in. Please state your name and address for our records.

Wesley Brooks: My name is Wesley Brooks, and I live at 439 Chandler Avenue, Oxford. What's this about? Have you found my father's killer?

Detective Beckwith: We're doing everything we can, and we've gotten some good leads, which is why we need to ask you a few more questions.

Wesley Brooks: I'll do anything to help you find my dad's killer.

Detective Armstrong: I know this is difficult for you, but we really need you to tell us the truth.

Wesley Brooks: Tell the truth about what? I told you all I know the last time I was here.

Detective Armstrong: For starters, you said you didn't see your father the day he died.

Wesley Brooks: That's right.

Detective Armstrong: What if I told you someone saw you at Wall Doxey Park the day your dad was killed?

Wesley Brooks: They must have been mistaken because it wasn't me. Like I told you before, I was home asleep.

Detective Armstrong: Come on, Wesley. We all know you're not telling the truth. Did you follow your dad there that day?

Wesley Brooks: No. I was sleeping.

Detective Armstrong: Did you follow him there to kill him?

Wesley Brooks: Hell no! What reason would I have for killing my father? I loved him.

Detective Armstrong: Plenty of people kill the ones they love, Wesley.

Wesley Brooks: Maybe some people, but not me!

Detective Armstrong: Then tell us why you were at Wall Doxey Park that day.

Wesley Brooks: Okay! I'll tell you the truth. I thought my father was having an affair. I wanted to catch him in the act, so I followed him.

Detective Armstrong: So maybe you found him with someone and confronted him?

Wesley Brooks: No, I just followed him.

Detective Beckwith: Tell us about that.

Wesley Brooks: I got up to go to the bathroom that morning, and I overheard my dad tell my mom he had to meet a client. I thought this was my chance to catch him, so I decided to follow him.

Detective Beckwith: What did you do?

Wesley Brooks: I left home a few minutes after he did. He had turned like he was going into town, so I went that way, but I couldn't find him.

Detective Beckwith: You saw him leave?

Wesley Brooks: Yes.

Detective Beckwith: So you can tell us what vehicle he was driving?

Wesley Brooks: He was in my mom's car, the Cadillac. She had the SUV filled up with stuff for some charity thing.

Detective Beckwith: Did they often swap vehicles?

Wesley Brooks: I don't know. Whenever they needed to, I guess.

Detective Beckwith: Okay, so you drove into town, but you couldn't find him. Then what did you do?

Wesley Brooks: I drove around for a while, but I didn't know where to look.

Detective Beckwith: But eventually you found him?

Wesley Brooks: Yeah, I thought I was going to have to give up and go home, but then I saw him headed the other way, going north.

Detective Beckwith: What did you do?

Wesley Brooks: I turned around and followed him. I didn't know we were going to Wall Doxey until we got there.

Detective Beckwith: Did he know you were following him?

Wesley Brooks: I don't think so. I had to stay pretty far back so he wouldn't see me because there wasn't much other traffic.

Detective Beckwith: Did you notice if anyone else was following him?

Wesley Brooks: No. Do you think— you think the killer followed him up there?

Detective Beckwith: We just have to consider all the possibilities. Could you tell if he was alone in the car?

Wesley Brooks: It looked like it, but I wasn't close enough to know for sure.

Detective Beckwith: Okay, so you followed him to the park, and then what? 

Wesley Brooks: When I got there, I parked near the visitor's center. I got out and walked around in the woods, looking for the car, but I never found it. After a while, I went back to my truck and left.

Detective Armstrong: You thought his car might be in the woods?

Wesley Brooks: No, obviously not, but I didn't want him to see me, so I stayed out of sight in the woods.

Detective Armstrong: That made it easier to sneak up on him and shoot him, right?

Wesley Brooks: I told you I didn't do that!

Detective Beckwith: Did your mother suspect your father was having an affair?

Wesley Brooks: Not as far as I know. If she did, she never said anything to me about it.

Detective Armstrong: Was there someone you suspected your father was involved with?

Wesley Brooks: Yes, sir. It was Christy Arnold. The first time I met her, I couldn't help noticing how she and my dad looked at each other.

Detective Armstrong: How did you happen to meet her?

Wesley Brooks: I saw them together on the square one day. I guess they'd gone out to lunch together.

Detective Armstrong: It doesn't sound like they were hiding if you saw them on the square.

Wesley Brooks: No, but they were up to something. I saw them whispering and giggling about something when they thought I wasn't looking.

Detective Armstrong: Did that make you angry?

Wesley Brooks: Of course, it made me angry! My mom didn't deserve that.

Detective Armstrong: Did you say anything to your father about your suspicions?

Wesley Brooks: I asked him about her, and he just shrugged it off. He said she was too young for him, and besides, he loved mom. I didn't believe him.

Detective Beckwith: What did you do after you left the park?

Wesley Brooks: I went home. Mom had gone out to run errands or something. I don't think she even knew I left the house.

Detective Armstrong: So there's no one who can verify your story?

Wesley Brooks: No, I guess not.

Detective Armstrong: You see the problem, don't you, Wesley? You lied to us once, so how are we supposed to believe you now?

Wesley Brooks: I'm sorry I didn't tell you the truth before, but I was just trying to protect my mom's feelings. She's been through enough, so I never told her I suspected Dad was cheating on her. It would probably kill her.

Detective Armstrong: Is that the only thing you've lied about?

Wesley Brooks: Yes. I swear!

Detective Armstrong: I hope that's the truth, Wesley. If we find out you've lied about anything else, we're going to have a real problem.

Wesley Brooks: You won't. I've been completely honest about everything else.

Detective Beckwith: Thanks for coming in, Wesley. We'll be in touch if we need anything else from you.

Wesley Brooks: Thank you both. Goodbye … and please find my dad's killer.

Interview ended – 12:44 p.m.

 

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Blue and Red fibers could belong to Mr. Wesley.

  Lyn M Polentia
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So he was there, and has nothing to give us. That is unfortunate. They did both suspect him of cheating. It is possible, it is also possible it all had to do with work, but since he would not talk about work, it leaves a lot to the imagination....

So he was there, and has nothing to give us. That is unfortunate. They did both suspect him of cheating. It is possible, it is also possible it all had to do with work, but since he would not talk about work, it leaves a lot to the imagination. We just need to find the blonde, check the tire impressions from the jeep and find out if the gun belonged to the DA

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