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Craig Albright interview

Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 9:40 p.m.

Craig Albright used his passkey to let Mee-Yon Kim into Courtney Morris's apartment when Courtney didn't respond to attempts to contact her. Detectives Murphy and Parker interviewed him at the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department. The interview was recorded with the witness's knowledge and consent.

Participants:

  • Detective S. Murphy
  • Detective E. Parker
  • Craig Albright

Detective Murphy: For the record, please state your name and address.

Craig Albright: My name is Craig Albright. I live at the Maplewood Apartments, 53 Effie Circle, Apartment 122, Oxford, Mississippi.

Detective Parker: You don't have to speak so loudly. The microphones can pick you up just fine for the recording.

Craig Albright: I don't hear so good, so sometimes I talk too loud. I'm sorry.

Detective Murphy: How long have you been the manager at the Maplewood Apartments?

Craig Albright: About seven years. Before that, I just handled the odd jobs and maintenance. I started working there in 2001.

Detective Murphy: Do you enjoy being the manager?

Craig Albright: Some of the tenants are very difficult. They make too much noise. They pay their rent late. You know how people are.

Detective Murphy: Was Courtney Morris a difficult tenant?

Craig Albright: Miss Courtney was neat, and she always paid her rent on time, even though she had tattoos. So many of these young people do. I just don't understand tattoos. Why would someone do that?

Detective Parker: Why don't you tell us about what you did this weekend, starting with yesterday.

Craig Albright: Yesterday was Saturday. I woke up, showered, and made myself breakfast. Two fried eggs, two slices of toast with blueberry jelly, and a glass of orange juice. That's what I eat for breakfast on Saturdays. After I ate and washed my dishes, I made my rounds of the building. I start with my building and work my way around.

Detective Murphy: About how long does that take you?

Craig Albright: Most of the morning. There are always things that need doing, and I like to be able to spend time talking with the tenants. I figure that if they consider me a friend, they will be less likely to cause me problems.

Detective Murphy: That sounds like a good policy. Do you remember seeing or hearing anything unusual during your Saturday morning rounds?

Craig Albright: No. Nothing unusual for a Saturday.

Detective Murphy: Did anything unusual happen Saturday afternoon?

Craig Albright: No.

Detective Murphy: Saturday evening? Saturday night?

Craig Albright: I went to escort a young male from one of the buildings on Saturday night. He was disturbing tenants. Mrs. Roy called me.

Detective Murphy: Was he disturbing Courtney Morris?

Craig Albright: I'm not sure. By the time I got there, he was gone.

Detective Parker: Do you know whether he left the building or entered one of the apartments?

Craig Albright: No, I don't. I'm sorry. Things were quiet, so I went back to bed.

Detective Parker: What time was that?

Craig Albright: I'm not sure. I was asleep when Mrs. Roy called, so sometime after midnight probably.

Detective Murphy: Did you see Courtney Morris on Saturday?

Craig Albright: I don't know.

Detective Parker: You don't know whether you saw Courtney yesterday?

Craig Albright: I don't remember.

Detective Parker: You remember quite a few details about that day. Why not whether you saw Courtney Morris?

Craig Albright: I don't know.

Detective Murphy: Did anything unusual happen on Sunday?

Craig Albright: My grilled cheese sandwich burned on one side. I had flipped the grilled cheese sandwich when my telephone rang. I answered in case it was an emergency. And one side of my grilled cheese sandwich burned.

Detective Parker: Did you see Courtney Morris today?

Craig Albright: I saw her when I went into her apartment.

Detective Murphy: Why did you go in her apartment?

Craig Albright: Miss Mee-Yon Kim, a friend of Courtney Morris, knocked on my door. Miss Mee-Yon said that she was concerned because she couldn't reach Miss Courtney.

Detective Murphy: What did you tell her?

Craig Albright: I told her that I would open the door so she could check on her friend.

Detective Parker: Is that typical practice when a tenant doesn't come to the door?

Craig Albright: It's never happened before.

Detective Parker: Never? And just because Mee-Yon couldn't get her friend to come to the door, you opened Courtney Morris's apartment?

Craig Albright: I have keys.

Detective Murphy: Did you know that Courtney was in her apartment when Mee-Yon came to your door?

Craig Albright: I don't know.

Detective Parker: How did you get along with Courtney?

Craig Albright: I like the tenants to think of me as their friend. That way, they're less likely to cause me problems.

Detective Parker: Did Courtney Morris consider you a friend?

Craig Albright: I'm sure of it.

Detective Parker: Why are you so sure?

Craig Albright: One time when she was talking to some people, she called me her friend.

Detective Murphy: Do you know who sent Courtney flowers?

Craig Albright: No.

Detective Murphy: Did you ever give Courtney a gift?

Craig Albright: Miss Courtney was my friend.

Detective Parker: You didn't answer the question.

Craig Albright: I really have to get back. It's not good for me to be away from the property for so long. You shouldn't have made me wait around for such a long time. I told you that was going to be a problem. I really have to get back.

Detective Murphy: OK, Mr. Albright. You can go. Thank you for coming in. We'll probably need to talk with you again.

Craig Albright: I understand, but maybe next time you can manage your time better.

Detective Murphy: Yes, well… we'll work on that.

Interview ends: 9:52 p.m.

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