Transcript—Interrogation of Vincent Bates
Interrogating Officers: Sgt. Eric Renfield, Sgt. Adam Dalton
Location: 7821 Garner Ave.—Home of Vincent Bates
Time: 11:20 AM
Dalton: Thank you for consenting to this interview, Mr. Bates. I know this must be strange for you.
Bates: You’ll understand if I’m a little wary about questioning.
Dalton: Yes, I understand. This is my partner, Eric Renfield. For the sake of the record, you were a friend of Dallas Gaines. Is that correct?
Bates: Sure, ‘was’ being the operative word.
Dalton: When was the last time you spoke to Mr. Gaines?
Bates: I haven’t spoken to Dallas since the trial.
Dalton: The same charges brought against Mr. Gaines were brought against you. Is that correct?
Bates: Yeah, and if you’re recording this, I’d like to also mention that we weren’t convicted and the DA dropped the charges.
Dalton: Yes, Mr. Bates. We’re aware, and the microphone will pick up everything. There’s no need to lean in and shout.
Bates: Yeah, I want anyone who listens to this to know. The DA dropped the charges against all four of us.
Dalton: We’re not here to investigate the case of Lucy Ludarac, Mr. Bates.
Bates: Fine. Why are you here then?
Dalton: Are you aware that Dallas Gaines was attacked in his home?
Bates: No. Is he alright?
Renfield: He’s dead.
Bates: You think I did it?
Dalton: We don’t think anything yet, Mr. Bates. We’re just trying to gather information to sort this out. You had no contact with Mr. Gaines since the trial?
Bates: No, none. As far as I know, Dallas, Cullen, Jack and I all went our separate ways when it was over. I haven’t talked to any of them, and they haven’t tried to talk to me.
Dalton: Have you had any contact with any member of the Ludarac family?
Bates: Are you [EXPLETIVE DELETED] me? What? Honey, Daniel isn’t even here. Are you serious? Fine, I’ll put a dollar in the swear jar. What was I talking about? Oh, yeah. Why the hell would I talk to them?
Dalton: None of them have tried to talk to you?
Bates: God, no. I assume that’s five people who’ll hate me for the rest of their lives.
Renfield: You mean four people.
Bates: No, I mean five. Mom, dad and the three kids.
Dalton: You mean two kids.
Bates: No, three. They have three kids.
Dalton: I wouldn’t think I would need to tell you this, Mr. Bates— Lucy died. They have two kids.
Bates: What? Do you think I’m that dumb? I know that—I know that Lucy is—is dead. My attorney said the mom was pregnant. That would put them at three kids.
Dalton: We’ll check on that. Do you know of anyone who meant Mr. Gaines any harm?
Bates: Other than that family, no names spring to mind, but Dallas was a son of a [EXPLETIVE DELETED], and we both know it. Honey, I’m talking to the police. We don’t need you yelling at me from upstairs about the swear jar. Yes. When I’m done talking to the detectives. I don’t know, like four dollars. I won’t. Okay. Sorry. Maybe Dallas just pissed off one too many people. Wait, should I be worried? You don’t think—you don’t think that—that he is trying to, you know, kill us?
Dalton: I wouldn’t worry about it, Mr. Bates. This is almost certainly an isolated incident.
Bates: Almost certainly?
Dalton: We are still early in the investigation. We just don’t know very much yet, but we are trying to follow any leads that we can. That is what brought us to you. You and Mr. Gaines have an association. We have to talk to everyone we can.
Bates: Right, I’m still going to lock my doors tonight.
Dalton: You can do as you please, Mr. Bates, although, it can’t hurt to lock your doors. Thank you for your time. We’ll contact you if we require any more information. Do you know where I might find Jack Sitersin? The department is having some difficulty locating him.
Bates: I have no idea where Jack lives.
Dalton: Well, I’m sure he’ll turn up. Thank you for your time, Mr. Bates.
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