Interview 1: Wesley Scott Brooks, son of victim
Wesley Brooks is a nineteen-year-old, Caucasian male and the son of the victim. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department and was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Wesley Brooks
Detective Murphy: Good afternoon, Mr. Brooks. Please take a seat. Before we get started, we wanted to say we’re sorry for your loss. Please state your name and address for the record.
Wesley Brooks: Thank you detective. It was a shock to me and mom. My name is Wesley Brooks and I live at 439 Chandler Avenue in Oxford. Can you call me Wesley? Mr. Brooks sounds like my dad.
Detective Murphy: All right, Wesley. When was the last time you saw your father?
Wesley Brooks: Friday night, I guess, around 6 pm. I went out with some friends and got home late, so I was asleep when he left the house.
Detective Murphy: Did you and your father ever have one of those father-to-son talks about things going on in his life? Maybe something he might not have mentioned to your mother because he didn’t want to worry her?
Wesley Brooks: My father never said anything to me about things going on in his life. If something was worrying him, he never let on and he sure didn't share it with me. He was always too busy. Whenever we did talk it was mostly about school.
Detective Armstrong: You sound angry at your father. Can you tell us why?
Wesley Brooks: Sure, I'm plenty angry. He didn't spend hardly any time with me. He was always "too busy" with a case. His job came first, and me and mom came second. Now I'll never get to spend time with him.
Detective Armstrong: Wesley, can we get you some water?
Wesley Brooks: No I'm fine. Go ahead with your questions.
Detective Armstrong: Did your mother ever mention anything that concerned her about your father's job?
Wesley Brooks: I'm sure she had a lot of concerns, but we never discussed them. Our family is pretty high speed. Dad had his work, mom was deep into her theatre and volunteer work and school really tied me down. But I did overhear mom say something about Jill Ross to dad. She's the assistant DA. He said Jill wanted his job and he knew she would do anything to try and get it.
Detective Armstrong: Did your mother and father ever argue?
Wesley: I heard them argue a few times. When they did, it was usually because my dad was late for dinner. Mom did theatre at night and if my dad was late it made her late. I don't think I ever heard them argue over anything serious.
Detective Armstrong: Have you ever been to Wall Doxey Park and stayed in a cabin?
Wesley Brooks: We went there a lot when I was a kid but we never rented out a cabin.
Detective Armstrong: Wesley, do you or your mother know Christy Arnold?
Wesley Brooks: I'm not sure if mom knows her, but I met dad in court once for lunch and he introduced her to me. I think she was a court clerk. Why?
Detective Armstrong: We have to follow things up.
Detective Armstrong: Wesley did your dad and Uncle Byron have a good relationship?
Wesley Brooks: For the most part they did but they definitely argued over Grandmother Brooks. She and Uncle Byron live in Tennessee so dad couldn't be there with her. Mostly Uncle Bryon said dad wasn't pulling his share of the responsibility for Grandmother. Dad said Uncle Byron thinks he should get grandmother's estate since he was the one that had to take care of her.
Detective Armstrong: Did you know your uncle was in Oxford the day your dad was shot?
Wesley Brooks: Yeah. He came by the house looking for Dad.
Detective Armstrong: Do you know why he came to see your father?
Wesley Brooks: He said he wanted to talk about Grandmother Brooks.
Detective Armstrong: So I've got to ask you Wesley ... do you think your uncle is capable of killing your father?
Wesley Brooks: No! I know Uncle Byron and dad had their disagreements but they loved each other. They were brothers.
Detective Murphy: If you think of anything that might help us find your dad's killer, please call. Thank you again for coming in. Once again, we're very sorry for your loss. Please give your mother our condolences.
Wesley Brooks: Thank you.
Interview ended: 2:18 p.m.