Interview: Follow-up with Andy Brandt

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 3:45 p.m.

Andy Brandt is Ronny Brandt's older brother. Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness' knowledge and consent.


Detective Armstrong: For the record, you could please state you name and address?

Andy Brandt: Andy Brandt. I'm back staying with my brother on Brittany Drive for a little while.

Detective Armstrong: You like staying with them?

Andy Brandt: Gives me somewhere to hang my boots.

Detective Murphy: Let me be honest, Mr. Brandt. We've been unable to determine where RJ found that skull.

Andy Brandt: He dug it up in the backyard.

Detective Murphy: If so, how did it get there?

Andy Brandt: Maybe somebody planted a tooth.

Detective Armstrong: You stay with your brother sometimes. Maybe you planted the tooth.

Andy Brandt: Do I look like a gardener?

Detective Armstrong: What you look like is a suspect.

Detective Murphy: Mr. Brandt, why didn't your brother get you a job where he works?

Andy Brandt: Ron and I don't always get along so well.

Detective Murphy: He opens his home to you.

Andy Brandt: When he needs money. I pay them rent when I stay with them.

Detective Murphy: Not because he enjoys your company?

Andy Brandt: Ron's got a short temper. He gets these crazy ideas and he just loses his head.

Detective Murphy: Can you give us an example?

Andy Brandt: Heather's a good-looking woman.

Detective Murphy: Go on.

Andy Brandt: That's it. Ron puts one and one together, gets three, and blows his top.

Detective Armstrong: Are you sleeping with her?

Andy Brandt: I don't see what this has to do with some skull RJ brought to school.

Detective Armstrong: Maybe nothing, but our job is to ask questions. Dot the I's and cross the T's. Otherwise, our boss‒

Andy Brandt: All your boss needs to know is that Ron thought we had. That's all that matters.

Detective Armstrong: We'll accept that answer. For now. This skull, though, is there any chance it belongs to someone you know?

Andy Brandt: Not unless she worked at the grocery store.

Detective Murphy: She might have been a customer.

Andy Brandt: I don't really deal much with customers.

Detective Armstrong: Did you give RJ the skull?

Andy Brandt: I told you I didn't even know he had it.

Detective Armstrong: Maybe that's because you thought you buried it deep enough.

Andy Brandt: You're not hanging this on me. I had nothing to do with it.

Detective Murphy: Do you know someone named Gordon Snyder?

Andy Brandt: From Biloxi? He's friends with my brother, but we never really hung out or anything.

Detective Murphy: He and Ronny are good friends?

Andy Brandt: I guess so. Why does it matter?

Detective Armstrong: His name came up in your brother's phone records. We're just wondering what you can tell us about him.

Andy Brandt: You're looking at their phone records?

Detective Armstrong: Of course we are. We need to find out that little girl's story.

Andy Brandt: What little girl?

Detective Armstrong: The one whose skull RJ brought to school.

Andy Brandt: It's probably just some old skull. Why can't you leave us alone?

Detective Murphy: You know why. We need answers. Is there something you want to tell us that could explain everything?

Andy Brandt: No. I want to get out of here.

Detective Murphy: All right, then. We'll be in touch.

Andy Brandt: Just let it go. Can't you just let it go?

Detective Murphy: You know we can't do that.

Andy Brandt: Fine. If that's how it's going to be, you want to talk to me again? I want my lawyer with me. This has got to stop.

Detective Murphy: OK. Just leave your attorney's contact information with us so we know who to call for your next interview.

Interview ends: 4:01 PM