On Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th, Deputy Fred Willits and Deputy P.J. Watson interviewed Jimmy Bragg's classmates.
The interviews summarized below are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
In an interview with the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department dated Sunday, April 23, 2017, Jimmy Bragg said that on the night of April 20, 2017, he got a phone call at around 11:00 p.m. from his friend Brandon regarding the death of Frederick Miller.
Brandon Mack confirmed that he had called Jimmy that night to say that Mr. Miller had been killed. Brandon said it was a short conversation because Jimmy just kept repeating that he couldn't believe it.
Brandon said he found out about Mr. Miller's death from his mother who he said was at Faith and Glory doing charity sewing. Brandon said his mother had called home at around 10:30 p.m. to say that she would be even later getting home because the police were talking to everyone who was at the sewing event.
Brandon showed deputies the call log on his cell phone that listed a call made at 11:04 p.m. on April 20th to Jimmy Bragg's cell phone number with a duration of just over one minute.
Pete said he got a call from Brandon Mack on the night of April 20th around 10:45 p.m. He said Brandon told him about Mr. Miller, and they talked for a few minutes. Then Brandon said he was going to call their friend Jimmy to tell him, and Pete said he had agreed that Jimmy would want to know.
Then Brandon said he was going to call their friend Jimmy to tell him, and Pete said he had agreed that Jimmy would want to know.
Bailey said she got a text message from Brandon Mack a little after 11:00 p.m. on April 20th saying he had big news and asking if she was still awake. She said the two of them exchanged text messages for several minutes, during which Brandon told her that Mr. Miller had been killed and that Jimmy Bragg was freaking out.
Bailey said Brandon described his call with Jimmy and told her he was surprised that Jimmy was taking it so hard after Mr. Miller had been so mean to him. Bailey said she told Brandon that Jimmy was probably just weirded out by the fact that someone he knew had died.