Michael Rainey interview
Monday, November 11, 2013 - 10:14 a.m.
Christopher Wooten identified Michael Rainey as a customer at Huddle House on Sunday evening, November 3, 2013. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed Mr. Rainey at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.
- Detective T. Armstrong
- Detective S. Murphy
- Michael Rainey
Detective Armstrong: Thank you for coming in, Mr. Rainey.
Michael Rainey: That's OK. You said it was about that girl's murder? I didn't even know her. Why am I here?
Detective Murphy: Before we get started, will you state your name and address for the record please?
Michael Rainey: Sure. Michael Rainey. I live on campus in Kincannon Hall.
Detective Murphy: Thank you, Michael. May I call you Michael?
Michael Rainey: Yeah, sure. That's cool.
Detective Murphy: Michael, we need your help. Do you know Christopher Wooten?
Michael Rainey: Who?
Detective Armstrong: Chris Wooten. A guy you supposedly go to school with.
Michael Rainey: Oh yeah, the name sounds familiar. The classes are pretty big, so I don't really know everybody.
Detective Murphy: Do you remember where you were on Sunday the 3rd, the day before Jasmine Ledbetter's body was found?
Michael Rainey: Hey, wait a minute. I didn't have nothing to do with that. I didn't even know her. I was nowhere near her – ever!
Detective Armstrong: Calm down, Michael. We just want to know if you remember seeing Christopher Wooten any time or any place that day?
Michael Rainey: That was a while ago. I'm lucky to remember what I did yesterday.
Detective Murphy: Well, try. Think back to what you did that Sunday. Maybe went someplace to eat or did something special that day.
Michael Rainey: Let's see. Oh, the Sunday after Halloween. I remember I called home that afternoon and asked for some extra money until I go home for Thanksgiving break. That's always fun. And a bunch of my buddies in the dorm decided to go to Huddle House for something to eat.
Detective Murphy: Do you remember what time you went to Huddle House?
Michael Rainey: It was in the evening. Let's see. Around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. Oh yeah, I did see that guy you were talking about, Christopher whatever. I just kind of waved and said, "Hey." He was clear across the room, so we didn't talk. But yeah, I saw him there then.
Detective Armstrong: How did he seem to you?
Michael Rainey: I don't know. Normal?
Detective Armstrong: Was anyone with him?
Michael Rainey: No.
Detective Armstrong: Who left first: you or him?
Michael Rainey: I don't know. I think he was still there when we left, but I'm not sure.
Detective Armstrong: What time did you leave?
Michael Rainey: I don't remember. I know we were back at the dorm in time for The Walking Dead though.
Detective Armstrong: What time does that come on?
Michael Rainey: Really? You don't watch it?
Detective Armstrong: I've been busy. What time does it come on?
Michael Rainey: Oh, man. You've got to watch it. It's on Sunday nights at 8:00.
Detective Murphy: OK, Michael. Thanks very much. We appreciate your help.
Michael Rainey: Sure. No problem. I can go now?
Detective Murphy: Yes, you can go.
Interview ends: 10:26 a.m.