JP Wallace alibi canvass
Investigators conducted a canvass of Murff's patrons to try to corroborate JP Wallace's alibi.
Beginning at 3:00 p.m., February 2, 2001 and continuing on February 3 and 4, 2001, Detectives Armstrong and Murphy interviewed various people who were in Murff's on January 26, 2001.
In an interview with Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department dated January 29, 2001, JP Wallace provided the following as names of people who could corroborate his presence at Murff's: Franklin, Bobby; Swanson, Jack; Tatum, Jimbo; Unknown last name, Mike.
These individuals and other Murff's patrons were interviewed to determine whether they remember Wallace's presence at Murff's on January 26, 2001 and to gather any relevant information they might possess.
The witness statements provided below are in summary and not verbatim and are representative of all interviews conducted.
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Mr. Franklin said that he did in fact remember JP Wallace at Murff's on the day in question. He said that he first remembered seeing Wallace around 3:00 p.m.
He said that Wallace said hello, bought him a beer, and they talked about the upcoming basketball game for a few minutes.
Franklin asked Wallace what he had going on that night, and Wallace replied that he was going to "go see Missy for a while" and then wasn't sure what the rest of his night's activities would entail.
When asked if he had made a phone call to or received a phone call from Wallace that afternoon, Franklin said he occasionally makes and receives such phone calls while he is at Murff's, but he could not recall whether such a call had taken place on January 26.
When questioned about the length of time that he remembered seeing Wallace at Murff's on January 26, 2001, Franklin replied that he saw him off and on throughout the afternoon and evening.
Franklin remembered a large crowd being at Murff's that day and said that he didn't talk to anyone in particular for any length of time. He just occasionally saw Wallace, although he did remember Wallace being at the bar "pretty late."