Rita Pearce alibi check
YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
Investigating Officer(s): Det. S. Murphy, Det. E. Parker
Incident No.: 004048-28H-2021
Case Description: Annette Wyatt homicide investigation
Investigators spoke to Rita Pearce's neighbors and people who attend her church to try to corroborate her alibi for the time Annette Wyatt was killed.
These interviews are representative of all interviews conducted.
Betty Wood and her husband, James, attend the same church as Rita Pearce.
• Detective E. Parker
• Betty Wood
Detective Murphy: Have a seat, and please state your name and address.
Betty Wood: My name is Betty Wood, and my address is 600 McElroy Drive, Oxford.
Detective Murphy: Where do you attend church?
Betty Wood: Saint Andrews United Methodist. Did something happen at the church?
Detective Murphy: Oh, sorry. No, the church is fine.
Betty Wood: Thank God.
Detective Murphy: Did you attend the 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday?
Betty Wood: My husband and I both did. We hardly ever miss.
Detective Murphy: Was Rita Pearce at that 9:00 a.m. service?
Betty Wood: Yes, she sat next to me during the entire service.
Detective Murphy: Did she arrive on time?
Betty Wood: I believe she got there before my husband and me. She was already in her seat when we walked up.
Detective Murphy: How did she seem to you that day?
Betty Wood: She was fine. Upbeat, cheerful like usual.
Detective Murphy: Thank you.