Alibi check – Collier
YCSD investigators talked with Rodney Collier's colleagues to confirm Rodney's whereabouts around the time Daniel Collier was last seen.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all the interviews conducted.
Age 33, University of Mississippi associate professor
Nina Carrington is an associate professor of costume design at the University of Mississippi. She had been busy during the spring portion of Ole Miss Theater's 2020-2021 season early on with the comedy Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play and later with Eurydice.
Nina said Rodney wasn't involved with Mr. Burns, but the demands of staging the play and its repeat performances ran into some of the early costuming deadlines for Eurydice. Rodney had his hand in costuming for Eurydice. Nina said that Rodney often was consumed as an instructor in a production since he's such a workaholic.
Nina said she saw Rodney on several occasions on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, January 2nd, 4th, and 5th, either at the Ford Center or on campus. She cannot recall specific times, except that she knows she saw him eating lunch at around noon on Tuesday.
Nina said that Rodney didn't seem like himself during that time. Nina always knew Rodney to exude an unnatural calmness, but he was quite short with people in the first part of January. Nina remembered that Rodney seemed to notice the change himself on Tuesday afternoon, catching himself in the act and then murmuring that he should get some water.