- Witness Interview: Kelley
- Ms. Wagner was interviewed in person at the
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's office on November 21,
1997. Ms. Wagner gave a preliminary telephone interview
on November 12 following the accident that killed Sheriff
Charles Lamar. She is an instrumental witness in the
alibi of Ms. Aimee Harberson. The following is the
relevant excerpt from her interview on November 12.
- N = Detective Terrence Nelson
- W = Kelley Wagner
- N: Ms. Wagner, thank you for coming in. For the
record, please state your full name, date of birth and
- W: Kelley Jane Wagner, February 3, 1970. I live at
1915 Anderson Road in the Cove complex.
- N: That's a rental?
- W: Yes.
- N: Where are you employed, Ms. Wagner?
- W: I work at the County Assessor's office as a
- N: How did you first meet Aimee Harberson?
- W: I met her when she first came to Oxford in 1994.
We were neighbors at the Dixie Creek apartments back
- N: You both work in the Assessor's office, is that
- W: Yes. I've worked there full time since 1990 and
Aimee started shortly after she moved here.
- N: Would you say that you and Aimee Harberson are
- W: Definitely. The best. I think Aimee's the best
friend I've ever had.
- N: Where were you on Saturday, November 8, Ms.
- W: I was in Jackson for most of the day with Aimee.
We stayed with my parents at their house on Pine Grove
Road, that's near Spring Lake.
- N: How did you get to your parent's house on that
- W: I drove. Aimee drove to my house and we went
together from there.
- N: What kind of car do you drive, Ms. Wagner?
- W: I have a 1995 Honda Accord.
- N: What color is your car?
- W: Red.
- N: How long have you owned it?
- W: I bought it used last year. It was a good deal.
- N: So, you both drove to Jackson together and Aimee
left her car at your house?
- W: Yes, that's right.
- N: What kind of car does Aimee have?
- W: She has a 1996 Saturn, it's green. Does that
answer your question?
- N: Yes, thank you. What time did you leave Oxford
on November 8th?
- W: Let me think, it was about 11:00 a.m. I think,
maybe a little before.
- N: How long is the trip to your parents?
- W: It's just a bit over 110 miles and takes me about
two hours and fifteen minutes to drive it with a stop.
- N: Is that how long it took you on November 8th?
- W: Yes, just about. We got to my parent's house
- N: Please tell me what you and Aimee did after you
- W: Well, we helped my mother plant some bulbs then
we went shopping. We got back around 4:00 I think, and
took showers. Then we all went out to dinner at
Marcella's. My parent's went on in to Jackson to the
theater and Aimee and I went back to the house. I think
that was about 6:30. My friend, Marty Davis picked us up
at 6:45 to go out for the night. We went bar hopping.
- N: Ms. Wagner, in your telephone statement on
November 12, you stated that you and Aimee drove to the
Blue Turtle to meet Marty Davis. Which is it? He picked
you up or you drove?
- W: Oh. Um, let me think about it. No, he picked us
- N: You are sure?
- W: Yes. I went with Marty to the Blue Turtle.
- N: You went with Marty.
- W: Yes.
- N: Ms. Wagner, we seem to have several problems
here. We have a difference between your earlier
statement on how you went to the Blue Turtle, and we also
have a problem with exactly who went where. Would you
like an opportunity to correct your statement? I might
remind you that withholding information may carry legal
consequences for you personally.
- W: Well...I, let me think.
- N: Take your time.
- W: Okay, all right. Aimee's my friend, like I said
probably the best friend I've ever had. But, I'm not
willing to get myself into legal trouble here. I might
have been wrong about a few things.
- N: Which things, Ms. Wagner?
- W: Um, Marty did pick me up at about 6:45 p.m. and
we did go to the Blue Turtle, but Aimee didn't come
along. She said she had something she had to do and she
wanted to call Hal. I thought she was worried about
something and she made me promise to keep it a secret. I
- N: Hal is her brother?
- W: Yes, he lives in Jackson and I know Aimee sort of
watches out for him. I don't know why, but I thought
maybe he was in trouble, or she was and that she needed
to talk to with him.
- N: You left your car and drove with Marty Davis,
would Ms. Harberson have had access to your car?
- W: Well, yes. She didn't ask to borrow it, and I
don't think she did, but she could have.
- N: When did you return home that evening, Ms.
- W: I got back about, let's see, it was about 2:15
a.m. I think. Yes, that's about right. I remember we
stopped so Marty could get a Sunday paper and that was at
1:30, I checked the clock in the store. That's about
- N: And who was at home when you got there Ms.
- W: Aimee was there asleep. My parents had not
- N: You are sure that Aimee was there?
- W: Yes, absolutely. I went into the guest room to
talk to her and she only woke up part way, we weren't
able to talk until the next morning.
- N: What did you talk about the next morning?
- W: I told her about my night and asked her how she
was, if she'd straightened everything out with Hal. She
asked me again to keep her secret and told me that she
had worked everything out. That was about it. We left
around 10:30 to come back to Oxford.
- N: Ms. Harberson didn't tell you anything more about
the trouble with her brother?
- W: No. I didn't press it, I figured she'd tell me
if she wanted me to know.
- N: Is there anything else you'd like to add?
- W: No. Nothing I can think of.
- N: You are sure that you are telling us the full
truth of that visit?
- W: Yes. I'm sorry I didn't right away, it just
didn't seem relevant to me and Aimee is my friend. I
hope she'll forgive me. I'm sure she'll understand how
important this is.
- N: We'll be in touch Ms. Wagner, thank you for your
- W: You're welcome.