- Witness Interview: Hal Harberson
- Mr. Harberson, brother of Aimee Harberson, agreed to
be interviewed via telephone from his home in Jackson,
MS. Following in a transcript of the interview.
- N = Det. Terry Nelson
- H = Hal Harberson
- N: Thank you for joining us this morning. I was
wondering if you could start out by telling us where you
were the night of November 8.
- H: November 8 - that was a couple of weekends ago,
- N: Yes, Saturday night.
- H: Well, I don't recall exactly, but I'm always
working Saturdays, usually from 4 to midnight.
- N: That's at Kiki's?
- H: Right.
- N: What do you do there?
- H: I've been bartender for the past six, seven years,
and last year I put some money into the place too, for
fixing it up and stuff, so I guess you could say I'm an
investment partner. Larry Vega, he's the owner, we've
been friends for a long time.
- N: And Mr. Vega - he owns the property? The
- H: Yeah. He bought the whole thing back in 82 or 83.
He'd been in business for a while and things were going
good so he just bought it.
- N: From who?
- H: I don't know, you'd have to ask him. Look, what
does this have to do with your investigation? I'm not
even sure I understand why you're calling me.
- N: Mr. Harberson, we're looking into two items you
might be able to help us with. As you know, we're
investigating the death of our sheriff, who knew your
sister, and we're trying to find out some information
about a real estate owner, his name is Reed Chambeau, he
has some property here. Have you ever heard of him? Would
he be the former owner of the place?
- H: Chambeau? Reed Chambeau?
- N: Yessir. Do you know him?
- H: No. No, I don't know him at all. I think I heard
Aimee talking about him though, just once or twice. Yeah,
because he's doing real estate up there, and she works at
the assessors office.
- N: I'd like to talk a little about you and your
sister. Do you get along? Are you close?
- H: Yeah. We're in real good touch. We talk all the
time, maybe even every day. We see each other lots.
- N: So she tells you a lot about the assessors office?
- H: Not really. She doesn't really like it, she's just
doing it for the money.
- N: But you said she mentioned Mr. Chambeau to you.
- H: Right, she did. I guess he's got something going
on up there, a big development project or something. She
just happened to mention it.
- N: When was that?
- H: I don't know, a couple of months ago I guess.
- N: All right. Did she ever mention anything else
about her work?
- H: Not really, I guess she has some friends who work
there, Michelle -- she's always talking about Michelle.
- N: What about Sheriff Lamar? Did Aimee ever talk to
you about him?
- H: Not really. I didn't want to hear about it, to be
honest. She told me when they first started going out and
we kind of argued about it. I don't like to hear about
that kind of stuff - you know, adultery. I think it's
immoral and I told her so, she got the hint. I think the
last she mentioned was just that Mrs. Lamar was planning
on getting a divorce, and then of course I heard about
the Sheriff dying.
- N: What did she say about that?
- H: She was real upset, obviously. She couldn't
believe it. I guess he was a pretty good guy.
- N: She didn't mention anything else?
- H: No. Look, we're close, but I've got a business
here, that's my business, I don't watch over Aimee and
her business. She does her own thing and I do mine.
- N: All right. Maybe you could tell me more about this
business of yours. You say you pitched in some money to
renovate Kiki's. How much was that?
- H: Around ten thousand dollars.
- N: That's from bartending?
- H: Pretty much. I've been saving up, and I get great
tips. I pretty much live off the tips.
- N: Any other jobs?
- H: No.
- N: Have you ever been involved in gambling?
- H: No. Never. I mean, I go to New Orleans sometimes
and go on the boats. But not here. There's a lot of It
around though, that's what I hear at the bar.
- N: Okay. Can you think of anything else at all we
might need to know?
- H: No.
- N: All right. Call us if you change your mind.
- H: Will do.