On Tuesday, February 13, 2001, YCSD investigators interviewed the employees of Farrell Motors car dealership in Oxford, Mississippi.
Thomas and Gloria Hammond co-own Farrell Motors, and their son, Roger, is the Sales Manager.
The witness statements provided below are in summary and not verbatim and are representative of all interviews conducted.
439 Hathorn Road, Oxford
Job Title: Mechanic Apprentice
Pope said he knew Roger Hammond left the dealership at least once in the afternoon on the day of the murder.
Pope said, "Well, as I'm learning how to be a mechanic, I gotta do a good bit of the crap work, you know. So I wash the cars and clean 'em up. 'Specially when a buyer is picking them up. Well, Hammond always takes one of our cars when he leaves. And most of the time, he brings 'em back a dirty, and then I gotta clean 'em up.
"On that day, I was supposed to be prepping three cars that was going to be picked up early Saturday morning. I go to get one of 'em, and Hammond's run off in it. But I remember it real well because I had to stay late that afternoon to get that car ready for the next morning."
Pope said he could not remember which car Hammond had used that day, but it was either a red 1999 Chevy Blazer, a black 1998 Mercedes S series, or a dark blue 2000 Chevy, 4-door.
Pope said he could not provide any specifics on the time that Roger Hammond had left the dealership, but he was very clear on the day.
Pope said that he didn't see Roger Hammond very much and could not comment on his personal or professional habits or any indications of drug abuse.
"I just know that I gotta clean up the mess he makes," Pope said.