RIDGE: This is Det. Bryn Ridge of the West Memphis Police Department, currently in the West Memphis Police Department. Todays date Wednesday, 01/12/94, the time is 11:29AM. In the office with me is Donald Dewitt and Rose Dewitt. Uh, Donald, remembering back to May of this year, excuse me, last year now, 93, you said that you received a gold card?
RIDGE: Okay, what were the circumstances surrounding you receiving that gold card?
DONALD: I hit a jackpot and they voluntarily gave me a gold card.
RIDGE: Okay, you filled out some type of application while you were down there, some kind of information
DONALD: They took information from me and I received the gold card in the mail.
RIDGE: Uh, you had another card that you used before that, it was just a regular Splash card, I understand
RIDGE: Uh, it was in your name, the number is 61356
DONALD: Yeah, thatís right
RIDGE: Thatís right, and your gold card number is 1566?
DONALD: Thatís right
RIDGE: Okay, uh, you remember going to Splash Casino with Susan Sanders and her husband?
RIDGE: Okay, in front of us, we have four log in sheets, one dated 04/29/93, one dated 05/05/93, one dated 05/09/93 and one dated 05/14/93, thatís about a two and a half week period of time there, thatís four times that you would have gone down to Splash Casino, during that period, is that about normal?
DONALD: It was just about right, thatís about how many times we were going down there at that time
RIDGE: Pretty often, uh on 04/29/93 right at the bottom of the sheet, it has Donald Dewitt and Rose Dewitt, did you sign both of these names there?
DONALD: Ugh, ugh
RIDGE: Okay, and used the card number 61356?
RIDGE: Okay, on 05/05/93 uh, number 10, shows Donald Dewitt, then there is a 2, with an X over the top of it and a 1 beside it, okay when you first got your gold card, you probably or you think you put a 2 down, because it was you and Rose
RIDGE: Okay, and do you know who put this X on here and the 1
DONALD: Iím positive that the lady down there X-ed that out and said, you only have one guest and put a 1 in it.
RIDGE: Okay, the next date we have is 05/09/93, and lets go down to line number 12, and beside the line there under the guest list, you have a 3, do you remember that as being when the Sanders would have gone with you?
DONALD: According to these sheets laying here, this would have probably be the time that they went with me, they did go with me, but I canít say positive that this was the day they went with me, but according to these sheets, this should be the date that they went with me.
RIDGE: Okay, this is of the four sheets, now we go to 05/14/93, this has Donald Dewitt on line 11, and you have 2 guest, uh anytime you would have taken one more person beside you and Rose, that was not the Sanders?
DONALD: No, it would not have been the Sanders
RIDGE: Because if it was anybody, it would have probably been your son out there, Ronnie?
DONALD: Ugh, ugh
RIDGE: So, of these four sheets, and of course, I went through from the uh, 27th of October all through the 17th of May and these are the only four times that you name appeared on the sheets. Uh, youíre certain that every time you went down there, you signed in on the sheet?
DONALD: During the time they had these sheets,
DONALD: I signed in every time
RIDGE: Okay, thatís what I need to know and uh, so, to the best of our knowledge,when you have these three guests on 05/09/93, thatís when you, Rose, and the Sanders, Susan Sanders, whatís her husbandís name?
RIDGE: Randy Sanders, thatís when they went with you?
DONALD: Yeah, according to these papers, thatís when it would have to be.
RIDGE: Okay, alright. During that particular time, were there any other couples that went with you, down there, that you can remember?
DONALD: Uh, we have taken people down there, but I canít remember the dates, but during that week there, I donít think there were no other couples that went with us.
RIDGE: Okay, thatís what I needed to know
DONALD: And, anytime that any of them that went with us, it was usually on a weekend.
DONALD: We very seldom went, you know, I mean, during that time, I mean, we just happened to go that one night, because they were wanting to go.
DONALD: They had mentioned going to Splash and I said, well, weíll go.
RIDGE: Okay, they approached you wanting to go to the Splash, or have you all been just like friends for a while?
DONALD: Well, we had the Bargain Center down here, and they came in, and uh, Randy didnít care nothing about going, but his wife loved to go, said, she would love to go. Well, I said, we can go down there, if we donít even play, we can go and eat a meal and have fun, you know, but
RIDGE: Do you know if they had ever been before?
DONALD: I donít think that they had ever been before
RIDGE: Okay, how about since then, have they been with you
DONALD: Now, that, naw, uh, uh, just that one time is all that uh,
RIDGE: Did anything in particular happen when they were there with you, uh loosing a bunch of money, or winning a bunch of money, anything like that?
DONALD: I think neither one of us see either won or lost a bunch, because we didnít take much with us
RIDGE: Sorta broke even?
RIDGE: You mean, you and the Sanders, or you and Rose?
DONALD: Well, me and Rose, I mean, we always lost a little you know, but that particular night we did loose, and I donít they took but $30.00 or $40.00 bucks with them, so Iím sure they lost all of theirs too.
RIDGE: Okay, alright. Is there anything else that you can think of that, you know, is there any reason that would make you, okay, thatís what I wanted to ask you, did you write a check for any cash money before you went down to Splash that night, or
DONALD: I donít think we did
RIDGE: Okay. So, there wouldnít be any receipts anywhere that we would know about?
RIDGE: Okay. Uh,
DONALD: I didnít draw no money out of the bank, on the card
RIDGE: Okay, alright, Iíll go ahead and conclude the interview. Thatís all I really needed, the time now is 11:35AM. This is Det. Ridge again, the time is 11:37AM. In talking with the Sanders, 05/09/93, now that was a Sunday
DONALD: Talking with the Dewitts
RIDGE: Excuse me, the Dewitts, talking with the Dewitts, now the night that you went down to Splash Casino, with the Sanders, it was after you had closed the restaurant that night, that evening?
DONALD: The Bargain Center
RIDGE: The Bargain Center, now thatís the one right here?
DONALD: Yeah, yeah, right
RIDGE: At Rhodes and Broadway?
RIDGE: And, you closed it about 5?
DONALD: Uh, uh
RIDGE: And, about what time did you all leave from here actually going to Splash?
DONALD: Probably 5:30, 5:45 at the latest
RIDGE: Okay, uh on Wednesday, what time would you have closed, if it had been on a Wednesday?
ROSE: We always close about 5 or 6 at the latest.
RIDGE: During the week, even on the weekend, 5 oíclock was the closing time?
ROSE: Yeah, yeah
RIDGE: Okay, thatís what I needed to know. Alright, Iíll conclude the interview again, the time is 11:38.