Alibi check – Lyle Nelson
On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Deputy Willits interviewed employees who were working at Lyle Nelson's store, the Happy Hunter, on April 20th, and Deputy Watson interviewed employees at the Roadhouse, a popular local restaurant.
In his April 21st interview with Detective Murphy, Lyle Nelson said he was at his store until around 6:30 p.m. and then went to the Roadhouse on the evening of April 20th when Frederick Miller was killed.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
Mitch Barry said he worked his shift from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. that Thursday. He said Lyle Nelson was still there when he left.
Barry said he volunteered to stay later and help Nelson close, but Nelson declined, saying that he would take care of closing duties.
Blythe Jerrold said she worked from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20th. When she left for the day just after 6:00 p.m., Nelson was still there closing things down.
Jerrold said she offered to assist Nelson in completing the closing tasks, but Nelson said he didn’t need any help.