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canvass-homesOn May 12 and 13, 2012, the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff’s Department canvassed Veronica Smith’s neighbors to determine if anyone saw or heard anything unusual or noteworthy on Friday, May 11, 2012. The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.


Name: Bradley Crawford
Address: 145 Colonial Road, Oxford, MS

Mr. Crawford, age 46, lives directly across the street from the Smith/O’Connor residence. He said he is on speaking terms with Smith and her family, but that the two were not friends. "The trouble with Veronica was that she didn't have a dog. A nice Scottie would’ve made all the difference."

Crawford said he spent the day of May 11th at work and the evening at home watching a movie marathon. "Veronica could have danced naked in her front yard, and I wouldn't have noticed. Nor cared."

 

Name: Andrea Butler
Address: 136 Colonial Road, Oxford, MS

Mrs. Butler, age 32, lives in the residence immediately west of the Smith/O’Connor residence. Approximately 50 feet separate the houses. About Veronica Smith, Butler said, "Yes, of course, I know Dr. Smith. Thinks the world of herself, the way doctors do, and she's not even a surgeon."

Butler said she spent the day of May 11th shopping and then met her husband at a friend’s home for a dinner party. Butler said she and her husband returned home after YCSD personnel had arrived at the Smith residence.

When asked about activity at the Smith/O’Connor residence, Butler said, "I haven't noticed anything unusual next door, but then I don't really pay all that much attention. I have a life, thank you very much."

 

Name: Lee Duncan
Address: 148 Colonial Road, Oxford, MS

Mr. Duncan, age 55, lives in the residence immediately east of the Smith/O’Connor residence. Approximately 40 feet separate the houses. "I know the family. Terrible what happened, especially them having the little girl. She plays a lot in my yard because of the oak. She's a good kid."

Duncan was home on the evening of the 11th, but said his wife Mari, age 20, was gone all weekend. When asked when she would be available for an interview, Duncan said, "My wife wasn't exactly friends with Dr. Smith. It's hard to imagine anyone could be close to the woman. She was very focused inward, if you know what I mean."

When asked to elaborate, Duncan said, "I don't know how many times I complained about her garage door opener. It interferes with my ham radio equipment, and they’re in and out all the time over there, at least until you people showed up. But did she care how it affected me? All Dr. Smith ever seemed to care about was herself."

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  1. Azna

Oh man No one saw anything... yet no one would seem to have cared if they did... Veronica sure isn't popular.

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  1. TDA

Well, Lee Duncans remarks are quite interesting. Seems to be a lot of traffic at the house. And the garage is a good place where an intruder could get entry into the house unnoticed. Perhaps his very young wife can give us more info ;-)

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  1. Tara

Seems like her neighbours weren't too fond of the victim. Though I sincerely doubt any of THEM could have been a suspect. Then again I could very well be wrong. But that's not likely, but the bit about the garage door opener was interesting, that...

Seems like her neighbours weren't too fond of the victim. Though I sincerely doubt any of THEM could have been a suspect. Then again I could very well be wrong. But that's not likely, but the bit about the garage door opener was interesting, that could have been away into the house, if someone got a hold of that.

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