The witness described further meetings but they are

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The witness described further meetings but they are not discussed here. Curtis The witness. Under 20 years old. Kevin/Kegs A possible assailant. From this statement it appears that he may be a likely suspect with a primary role in the murder. Under 20 years old. Terry/Tez A possible assailant. From this statement it appears that he may be a likely suspect with a secondary role in the murder. Under 20 years old. ‘The man’ The victim. Jerry/Jez A possible accomplice. The witness, victim, possible assailants and others spent time at Jerry’s flat before the murder. The statements suggests that Jerry was not at the murder scene. Estimated by this witness to be in his 50s. ‘The girls’ A group of teenagers who had been invited to the murder scene by the witness and apparently left shortly before the crime was committed. Figure 1. Central characters whose actions are presented in the statement
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4 Structure and composition of the session Shepherd points out that “interviews often appear to meander in terms of talking turn, structure and topic progression” (1999:139). This was certainly true of the session I examined; on first listening, it appeared a topical jumble. On closer examination, however, something relatively systematic emerged. Heaton-Armstrong ruminates that perhaps “statement recording interviews are preceded by a preliminary chat, or several chats, during which a police officer may endeavour to marshall [sic] a disorganised narrative into more coherent form” (1995:138). The data here includes these very chats and supports Heaton-Armstrong’s hunch in that, unsurprisingly to police officers perhaps, the statement-taking session divides into four extended formulations, tellings or versions, in each the interviewer and witness return to the crime narrative and re-work it. Each reworking is easily identifiable as each is surrounded and demarcated by orientational talk, for example a request for an account precedes the 1 st version and the following, from the interviewer, appeared between versions 3 and 4: Present: Curtis, victim, Kevin, Terry, Jerry The 1 st meeting Location: Jerry’s house Main action: All participants had been drinking and having a good time. They decided to go to the victim’s house. The 2 nd meeting Location: The victim’s house Present: Curtis, victim, Kevin, Terry, the girls Main action: All participants had been drinking and having a good time, A scuffle developed into an argument which ultimately becomes a fight. The victim’s death probably occurred at the end of this fight, but the witness left before this happened. Figure 2. Synopsis of the initial stages of the crime as presented by this witness Journey between meetings 1 and 2
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yeh (.) OK (.) we’re now gonna I’ve just we’ve just gone through one tape (.) where I’ve recorded down everything you’ve told me … in the form of notes hhh I’m gonna now (.) write that out into statement form (.) and at the end I’ll invite you to sign it; The four re-workings each have some key similarities:
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