YCSD Emergency Services received a 911 call reporting the discovery of two bodies.
Two victims found shot in Tyler Ave home
The Crime Beat column reports: Two shooting victims discovered in a Tyler Avenue home
Vanessa Pruitt biography
After growing up in Alabama, Vanessa moved to Oxford to overcome a devastating loss.
Vanessa Pruitt interview
The detectives met with Vanessa the morning after she found the bodies.
CSU provided a preliminary inventory of evidence collected at the Tyler Avenue crime scene.
Officer Pettimore interview
Officer Lewis Pettimore was directing traffic at Tyler Ave. & Lamar Blvd. for the Street Party on the night of February 19th.
Robert Pruitt biography
Robert Pruitt was found shot to death in his home alongside another person his wife could not identify.
YCSD investigators spoke to neighbors to see if they'd noticed anything around the Pruitt residence.
Gary Rayburn biography
Gary floundered in life until Robert Pruitt became his friend and role model.
Gary Rayburn interview
The detectives spoke to Robert Pruitt's law partner about Pruitt's business and personal relationships.
Mira Lee interview
The detectives spoke to Pruitt & Rayburn's secretary/receptionist about her late boss and his partner.
Rick Gill biography
Rick works well with his hands and struggles to control his sharp temper.
Oliver Lee interview
The detectives talked to Mira's father about her activities the night of the killings.
Rayburn alibi canvass
Investigators spoke to Gary Rayburn's neighbors and others about his whereabouts.
Coroner's Summary Report - victim #1
The coroner provided a preliminary report on the autopsy of Robert Pruitt.
Coroner's Summary Report - victim #2
The coroner provided a preliminary report on the autopsy of the second shooting victim.
Jackie Woodruff interview
The detectives talked to Jackie about her dispute with Robert Pruitt.
Criminal history – Wayne Fisher
YCSD investigators ran a check on Wayne Fisher's criminal history in the State of Mississippi.
Wayne Fisher biography
After a rocky past, Wayne's prospects finally improved after going into business with his son.
Places of Interest map
This map shows locations in Yoknapatawpha County relevant to the investigation.
Archive: Pruitt to defend accused killer
From the Oxford Weekly Planet archives… The Crime Beat reports
Joel Fisher biography
After a turbulent childhood, Joel has been estranged from his father and brother for years.
Joel Fisher interview
The detectives located Wayne Fisher's son Joel and spoke with him about his father.
Christine Fisher biography
Christine was married to Wayne Fisher for 14 years before their divorce.
Christine Fisher interview
The detectives drove over to Pontotoc to talk to Wayne Fisher's ex-wife.
Ned Fisher biography
After a rowdy childhood, Ned settled down after going into business with his father.
Ned Fisher interview
The detectives went to see the second victim's younger son and business partner.
Gloria Bell biography
Gloria has been focused on her career and public service since her marriage failed.
Gloria Bell interview
The detectives spoke to Robert's first wife about her relationships with him and his law partner.
Criminal History – Rick Gill
YCSD investigators ran a check on Rick Gill's criminal history in the State of Mississippi.
Gill alibi canvass
Investigators tried to find witnesses who could verify Rick's whereabouts the night of the homicides
Gary Rayburn interview #2
The detectives met with Gary again to clarify some of his previous statements.
Preliminary shooting reconstruction
Forensic analysts determined likely trajectories for the bullets fired in the Pruitt basement
Criminal History – Jackie Woodruff
YCSD investigators ran a check on Jackie Woodruff's criminal history in the State of Mississippi.
Woodruff alibi canvass
Investigators canvassed Oxford bars to corroborate Jackie's whereabouts the night of the homicides.
Christine Fisher alibi canvass
Investigators talked with Piggly Wiggle employees and Christine's neighbors to check her alibi.
Joel Fisher alibi canvass
Investigators canvassed the area where Joel said he was working to try to corroborate his alibi.
Gerald & Dee Dee Hattin interview
The detectives talked to Vanessa's parents about her whereabouts when her husband was murdered.
Bell alibi canvass
Investigators spoke with neighbors and others to try to confirm Gloria's alibi.
Vanessa Pruitt interview #2
The detectives wanted Vanessa to clarify a few things that she told them previously.
James Bettis interview
The detectives spoke to Ned Fisher's neighbors, including Mr. Bettis, about Ned's alibi.
Ned Fisher interview #2
The detectives met with Ned again to pin down his alibi and learn more about his father.
Criminal History – Ned Fisher
YCSD investigators ran a check on Ned Fisher's criminal history in the State of Mississippi.
Joel Fisher interview #2
The detectives asked Joel more about his relationships with his estranged father and brother.
Christine Fisher interview #2
The detectives were hoping Christine would give them more insight into her sons.
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