Wednesday, March 3, 2011-3:17 p.m.
Wesley Brooks is a nineteen year old, Caucasian male and son of the victim and Mrs. Virginia Brooks. The interview was conducted at the Yoknapatawpha Sheriff’s Department and was recorded on a portable audio tape recorder with witness’ knowledge and consent.
- Detective Ted Armstrong
- Detective Samantha Murphy
- Wesley Brooks
Detective Murphy: Good afternoon Wesley, thanks again for coming in. Please state your name and address for our records please.
Wesley Brooks: Good afternoon Detectives. My name is Wesley Brooks and I live at 439 Chandler Avenue, Oxford. What’s this about? Have you found my father’s killer?
Detective Murphy: I’m sorry Wesley we haven’t. We have some good leads that we’re following. We’re doing our best to break this case which is why we need to ask you a few more questions.
Wesley Brooks: I’ll do anything to help you find my Dad’s killer.
Detective Armstrong: I know this is difficult for you. We’ve got some questions and we really need you to tell us the truth.
Wesley Brooks: Tell the truth about what? I told you all I know the last time I was here.
Detective Armstrong: For starters, you said you didn’t see your father the day he died. What if I told you someone saw you at Wall Doxey Park the day of the murder? Why don’t you tell us what you were you doing at the park that day?
Wesley Brooks: They must have been mistaken because it wasn’t me. Like I told you before, I was home asleep.
Detective Armstrong: Come on Wesley! We know you’re not telling the truth. Why did you follow your dad there that day? Did you kill your own father Wesley?
Wesley Brooks: Hell no! What reason would I have for killing my father? I loved him!!
Detective Armstrong: Then come clean and tell us why you were at Wall Doxey Park that day.
Wesley Brooks: Ok! I’ll tell you the truth. I thought my father was having an affair. I wanted to catch him in the act so I followed him.
Detective Armstrong: So maybe you found him with someone and confronted him?
Wesley Brooks: No. I left home a few minutes after he did and followed him to the park. When I got there I parked near the station. I got out and walked around in the woods looking for his car. I never found it so after awhile I came back to my car and left.
Detective Murphy: Did your mother suspect your father of having an affair?
Wesley Brooks: Not as far as I know. If she did she never let on about it.
Detective Armstrong: Was there someone you suspected your father of having an affair with?
Wesley Brooks: Yes sir. It was the clerk Christy Arnold. The first day I met her I couldn’t help notice the way she and my dad looked at each other. I saw them whispering and giggling about something when they thought I wasn’t looking.
Detective Armstrong: Did this make you angry? Did you say anything to your father about your suspicions?
Wesley Brooks: Of course it made me angry! My mom didn’t deserve this. I asked him about her and he just shrugged it off. He said she was too young for him and besides he loved mom. I didn’t believe him. I got up that morning to go to the bathroom when I overheard dad tell mom he had to meet a client. I thought this was my chance to catch him so I decided to follow him.
Detective Armstrong: What did you do after you left the park?
Wesley Brooks: I came back home. Mom had gone out shopping and to run some errands. I don’t think she knew I left the house. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you the truth before but was just trying to protect my mom’s feelings. She’s been through enough so I never told her I suspected dad of cheating on her. It would probably kill her.
Detective Murphy: We appreciate your honesty Wesley. I know this is hard for you. That’ll be all for now. You take care and feel free to call if you or your mother need anything. You can go now.
Wesley Brooks: Thank you both. Goodbye…and please find my dad’s killer.
Interview ends: 3:59 p.m.