Mira Lee interview #2
Friday, March 11, 2016 – 2:44 p.m.
Mira Lee worked for victim #1, Robert Pruitt. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy talked to her again in the Pruitt & Rayburn law office at 1109 Van Buren Avenue in Oxford. The interview was recorded with the witness' knowledge and consent.
- Detective T. Armstrong
- Detective S. Murphy
- Mira Lee
Detective Murphy: Thank you for talking to us again, Ms. Lee.
Mira Lee: Of course.
Detective Murphy: For the record, would you please state your name and address?
Mira Lee: I'm Mira Lee. As I mentioned to you last time, I'm still changing over some of my mail and stuff like that. My address is 401 Hathorn Road, # 101. My parents' address is 1704 Jackson Avenue.
Detective Murphy: And your occupation?
Mira Lee: I'm the secretary for the law firm of Robert Pruitt and Gary Rayburn.
Detective Armstrong: Y'all gonna keep that name?
Mira Lee: I don't know what Gary has decided. Or if he's even decided anything about the company name.
Detective Murphy: Ms. Lee, we just want to ask some follow-up questions to make sure we understand everything correctly.
Mira Lee: Certainly. I have plenty of time.
Detective Murphy: How would you describe your relationship with Robert Pruitt?
Mira Lee: I think I told you about that last time we spoke.
Detective Murphy: We'd like to go over it again.
Mira Lee: Well, OK. Mr. Pruitt was nice to me, a decent enough boss. But we weren't exactly friends. It was professional, and that's the extent of it.
Detective Armstrong: So you weren't friends with him? Didn't hang out at all?
Mira Lee: No.
Detective Armstrong: Were you ever at his residence?
Mira Lee: I was there once for an office party. It was back around New Year's. Everyone from the office was invited, even the cleaning staff.
Detective Armstrong: So who else was there, other than you?
Mira Lee: Well, Gary, of course. Clients. Other lawyers. The usual.
Detective Armstrong: What did you do?
Mira Lee: We just hung out, watched bowl games, sat around talking, played pool. That kind of thing.
Detective Armstrong: Was that the only time you were there?
Mira Lee: Yes.
Detective Murphy: Did you ever socialize with Robert Pruitt in any other manner?
Mira Lee: What do you mean?
Detective Murphy: Have dinner? Go out to bars?
Mira Lee: No. There were a few times when we were working late and ordered pizza or something, and everyone ate in the office, but it's not like he and I ever went out anywhere just the two of us.
Detective Murphy: Did Robert Pruitt ever give you a key to his house? Ask you to water the plants while he was away or anything like that?
Mira Lee: No.
Detective Murphy: Are you sure?
Mira Lee: Yes. He never asked me to do anything like that.
Detective Armstrong: Was there ever any tension between your bosses?
Mira Lee: No. What do you mean?
Detective Armstrong: Of the two of them, which one would you say was in charge of what went on in the practice?
Mira Lee: I don't know. Mr. Pruitt, I guess.
Detective Armstrong: Did Mr. Rayburn ever resent that? Did he want to be the one in charge?
Mira Lee: No. Everything was fine. I don't think Gary ever wanted to be in charge of everything.
Detective Armstrong: But he is now, isn't he?
Mira Lee: Well, yes. But he wouldn't— you don't think he killed Mr. Pruitt because he wanted to be the boss, do you? Because Gary would never do anything like that.
Detective Armstrong: How do you know? It had to be hard for him, always playing second banana to his partner.
Mira Lee: It wasn't like that. They were friends. Gary was happy with the way things were.
Detective Armstrong: Did he ever talk to you about owing Mr. Pruitt money?
Mira Lee: No. You mean those bets they made with each other? That wasn't a big deal. It was all in fun, just to "make things interesting." That's what Gary always says.
Detective Armstrong: But Gary lost to Mr. Pruitt a lot, didn't he? That didn't bother him?
Mira Lee: Not as far as I know. Gary's not like that. He wouldn't get upset about something like that. It's just not the way he is.
Detective Murphy: Did Mr. Pruitt ever mention Fisher Pest Control?
Mira Lee: No. The property management takes care of pest control here, and they do a good job. We don't have bugs or anything.
Detective Murphy: What about for his home? Did Mr. Pruitt ever mention Fisher Pest Control doing work at his house?
Mira Lee: I don't think so. He didn't really talk to me about stuff like that. I think his wife took care of that kind of thing.
Detective Murphy: Mrs. Pruitt took care of what kind of thing?
Mira Lee: Whatever they needed done at their house. I don't know. Like I said, I wasn't involved with that stuff.
Detective Murphy: And Mr. Pruitt was happy with the way his wife took care of that kind of thing?
Mira Lee: As far as I know.
Detective Murphy: Was Mr. Pruitt happy in his marriage?
Mira Lee: I don't know. I guess so.
Detective Murphy: And was Mrs. Pruitt happy too?
Mira Lee: I don't know. I don't really know her very well. I just talked to her on the phone sometimes when she called for Mr. Pruitt.
Detective Murphy: OK, thank you for your time. I believe that's all we have right now. We'll be in touch if we have any additional questions.
Interview ends – 3:12 p.m.