Interview 2: Jillian Ross, Senior Assistant District Attorney
Wednesday, February 23, 2010 - 8:10 a.m.
Jill Ross is a 36-year-old, white female, who was Senior Assistant DA to the victim. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff's Department and was recorded on a portable tape recorder with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Jillian J. Ross
Detective Armstrong: We have to do this again Jill. Please state your name and address for the record.
Jill Ross: I know how it works Ted. My name is Jillian Ross and my address is 390 Elm Street, Oxford.
Detective Murphy: So, how do you like being the DA? Is it working out for you?
Jill Ross: It's where I belong. I love it. I've taken to it like a duck to water.
Detective Armstrong: So, like I said last time, Brooks’ death has been quite the blessing for you.
Jill Ross: Can't say that I am pleased with the way I got the title but I don't miss him one little bit. The tension in the office is gone and everyone is working together and things are getting done ... finally.
Detective Armstrong: We heard from the people in the office and they all agree that 'you" were the cause of the tension.
Jill Ross: Ridiculous! Maybe "I" was tense because of Spenser? Maybe they just didn't realize it? I am telling you wherever it came from, the tension has lifted. Everything in that office is working like a well-oiled machine now.
Detective Murphy: I guess it all depends on your perspective.
Jill Ross: I disagree. I think the employees are just afraid to get involved now that a murder investigation is ongoing. Finnegan, however, is another story. He is a busybody, nosey and a complete nuisance. He thinks he knows everything and he sure tries to.
Detective Armstrong: How do you know Louis Watson?
Jill Ross: I know him from law school, and how is that any of your business anyway?
Detective Armstrong: Oh, it is definitely our business. Did you talk with him about the new liquor regulations?
Jill Ross: Yes, we discussed them. What of it?
Detective Armstrong: Did the two of you agree on the issue?
Jill Ross: Where is this headed, Ted?
Detective Armstrong: Just answer the question, Jill.
Jill Ross: We were on the same page, yes.
Detective Armstrong: Why didn't you mention Louis as someone who had a conflict with Brooks?
Jill Ross: I didn't think it was important, still don't. Louis isn't a hothead like Alderman Collins.
Detective Armstrong: Interesting. Tell us again where you were the day of the murder.
Jill Ross: I was home. I may have gone to the store or something, I don't remember now.
Detective Armstrong: You said you never left the house.
Jill Ross: Then I didn't.
Detective Armstrong: I am going to ask you one more time, did you kill Spenser Brooks?
Jill Ross: And I am going to tell you one more time that I did not.
Detective Armstrong: Do you know who did?
Jill Ross: No. BUT have you considered that it just might have been some outraged college kid who was infuriated by the recent crackdown on college drinking? This town is full of them and 80% of them hated that man.
Detective Murphy: Jill, can anyone confirm your whereabouts on the day of the murder?
Jill Ross: No. I was alone. I am done here. I'm not answering any more questions without my attorney present. Do we need to call her?
Detective Armstrong: No, you can go. Don't leave town.
Interview ended:8:47 a.m.