Deadly Drama recap
What's happened so far…
A local TV news reporter hurried to the location of the breaking news to report live from the crime scene.
With that information in hand, the detectives started gathering some background on the victim, Andrea Stover.
Meanwhile, YCSD deputies canvassed the offices around crime scene looking for witnesses, and the local crime reporter worked fast. Before the day was out, he posted articles about the sudden death of the controversial theatre director and her tainted past.
The next day, after Jerry and Irene Stover had had a chance to process the initial shock of their daughter's death, the detectives talked to them about what had been happening in Andrea's life recently.
That afternoon, the detectives took the Stovers up on their promise and visited their home to look around Andrea's bedroom.
The next morning, former assistant district attorney Rex Mickles, who prosecuted the case against the Oxtales members, told Detectives Armstrong and Murphy about his experiences with Andrea Stover and with people in the community during that time.
After lunch, Ben Morgan, the leader of Concerned Oxford Parents (COP) who had protested so vigorously against Oxtales and Andrea Stover, spoke with detectives about their opposition to what Oxtales was doing.
Mr. Morgan also gave them a copy of the flyer COP had been distributing across the county since Andrea's release.
To follow up on the tip from Officer Fischer about the ex-con who'd been friendly with Andrea, the detectives looked into Jim Taylor's background and criminal history before talking to him about his association with her.
Once they'd heard what Jim Taylor had to say, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy asked Vincent Fischer to come in again for another conversation.
Next, the detectives turned their attention to letters Andrea got while she was away and the people who wrote them, beginning with Ethan Lewiston.
After Mr. Higgins left, the detectives reviewed the next batch of letters, the ones penned by Oxtales benefactor Owen Norris.
Then the detectives reviewed the letters Andrea received from people directly involved in the Oxtales scandal, starting with one of the teen volunteers, Benny Dees, and the teacher who sent the teens to Oxtales, Trevor O'Shea.
To get a casual participant's perspective on Oxtales, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy asked their old friend, local musician Tate Moore, to tell them about his experiences with the troupe and Andrea Stover.
The detectives reviewed the letters Andrea Stover received from Mark Gable to learn how he felt about his involvement in the scandal and about Andrea herself.
Gretchen Doyle wrote the most letters to Andrea by far. When Detectives Armstrong and Murphy finally finished reviewing all of them, they asked Gretchen to stop by again to go over a few topics of interest.
At the detectives' request, the Crime Lab conducted a rush analysis of samples collected during Andrea Stover's autopsy and forwarded a preliminary report on their findings.
Detectives Armstrong and Murphy asked The Roadhouse bartender Will Sands what he saw and heard when Gretchen and Andrea came into the bar the night Andrea died.
After seeing the Crime Lab's findings on the toxin in the victim's body, the detectives decided to get a warrant to search the residence of the person they'd already been told had a connection to a possible source of that toxin.
They also obtained a list of all registered vehicles matching the bartender's description to determine whether anyone associated with the investigation owned such a vehicle.
The next day, Dale King showed up at the sheriff's department to talk to Detectives Armstrong and Murphy.
While the detectives were still processing Dale's situation, Frank Tuttle arrived as scheduled to help them resolve some lingering discrepancies.
Meanwhile, the detectives sent some investigators to talk to Dale King's neighbors to try to corroborate his story.
Later on, Detective Armstrong talked to Ursula Raines again to get her help filling in a few gaps.
At the end of the day, the Crime Beat reported on all the breaking developments in the Andrea Stover death investigation.