Alibi Status


Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy. Det. E. Parker
Incident No.: 003369-14G-2019
Case Description: Monica Drum homicide investigation

Investigators have compiled the following summary of the witness alibis for the night of Saturday, July 13, 2019, and the early morning hours of Sunday, July 14, 2019, when Monica Drum was shot to death. Also included is information on the results of attempts to verify the alibis.



Description: Eagle janitor; one of the last people to see the victim alive

Alibi: Driving home from work; left the Eagle around 3:00 a.m.

Confirmed? Yes

Nicole Grayson

Description: Victim's friend; local artist and UM graduate student

Alibi: Attended Ole Miss football game and post-game celebrations; at her apartment with friends afterward

Confirmed? Yes

Edward Hagen

Description: US congressman; allegedly blackmailed by the victim; currently facing gambling charges

Alibi: In Washington, D.C.

Confirmed? Yes


Description: Edward Hagen's wife

Alibi: In Washington, D.C.

Confirmed? Yes

Rick Hughes

Description: Victim's sometime boyfriend, Eagle reporter

Alibi: Drinking at home

Confirmed? No

David Ledford

Description: Former Eagle pressman; not currently employed; currently lives in New Sarpy, LA

Alibi: Fishing

Confirmed? No

Doreen Ledford

Description: David Ledford's wife; employed as an LPN at the New Orleans VA Medical Center; currently lives in New Sarpy, LA

Alibi: At work at the VA Medical Center in New Orleans, LA

Confirmed? Yes


Description: Former accounting clerk at the Eagle; currently employed as a sales assistant at Lily Pad

Alibi: At home.

Confirmed? Yes

Ernie Parrish

Description: Eagle security guard; one of the last people to see the victim alive

Alibi: Smoking behind the Eagle press room

Confirmed? No


Description: Eagle publisher and the victim's employer

Alibi: At home.

Confirmed? Yes

Candy Roberts

Description: Melvin Roberts's wife; owns and runs a convenience store in Oxford with her husband; currently lives in Oxford

Alibi: Asleep at home.

Confirmed? No

Melvin Roberts

Description: Falsely confessed to Drum's murder; former rape suspect; victim wrote several articles about his case; owns and runs a convenience store in Oxford with his wife

Alibi: At Denny's in Enid, MS

Confirmed? Yes

Shawn Sharp

Description: Eagle sports editor; previously worked with the victim at Cincinnati Enquirer

Alibi: Left the Eagle at 10:45 p.m., bar-hopping, then home

Confirmed? No

Lori Schultz

Description: Victim's lifelong friend; executor of victim's will; lives in Soap Lake, WA.

Alibi: At home in Soap Lake, WA

Confirmed? Yes


Description: Former Eagle employee; currently employed as a local news reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Atlanta, GA

Alibi: In Atlanta, GA

Confirmed? No



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