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Report, John Appel (GCSD):  Interview, Michael F. Chambers


Ted Kimble's handwritten notes are included as footnotes.  Other handwritten notes are also included.

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Guilford County Sheriff's Department
Witness\Suspect Statement
 

1. Case Number/Victim:: 951009027
2. Interview With: Michael F. Chambers, W/M, DOB: 12/12/69, Precision Fabrics Group, 301 E. Meadowview Road, GSO, NC, (910) 379-3100
3. Date/Time: 10/10/95 1600
4. Location: Precision Fabrics Group, 301 E. Meadowview Road, GSO, NC
5. Interviewed By: Det. John Appel, Major Crimes
6. Offense: Homicide

7. Narrative:
 
Mr. Chambers has been employed by Precision Fabrics Group for the past 18 months. He is the Lead Person on second shift in the Lamination Room. His normal work hours are from 3-11PM. There is no Supervisor on duty on second shift, and as "lead" person he acts in a supervisory capacity.
 

Mr. Chambers says that Kimble has worked in Lamination for several weeks, since beginning his employment with PFG. Mr. Chambers says that Kimble had made arrangements several, weeks ago to come in late for work on 10-10/12 due to a work conflict at Kimble's other business. Mr.
Chambers believes it involved Kimble's father being out of town.

Mr. Chambers recalls that during the first week of Kimble's employment Kimble 'told Chambers that 'Kimble had sought other employment because of dwindling sales at Lyles Building Supplies, Kimble's other business. Kimble told Mr. Chambers something about the lease expiring at Lyles Building Supplies, and business being "off" during the winter months.


Mr. Chambers says that Kimble told him about Kimble turning down another job at a manufacturing facility recently before deciding to come to work at PFG.

Mr. Chambers says that Kimble was in a training period, and was making approximately $6.00 per hour.A

Mr. Chambers says that on 10/9/95 he recalls Kimble arriving for work at approximately 6PM. Mr. Chambers says that there were 9 people working in the Lamination Room at this time, and that they were preparing for a production run. The lamination process involves feeding fabric into a machine at an entry point, mating the fabric with lamination film, and packaging the finished, laminated product at the exit point.

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A$6.00 was temporary, within a few weeks it would be up to nearly $9.00.

Chambers was located

Chambers moved into apartment Patricia arranged at Cinnamon Ridge per Carter

Chambers said Ted acted normal per Carter

Did Ted have frequent calls to wife

No indication of marital trouble

No indication she didn't want him to work

No indication of problems

Ted spoke of affection?

How does he remember that day

How did he learn of Patricia's death

How much longer did Ted work there

How good of worker was Ted

No drinking or drugs, high lifestyle

No eratic behavior

 


Mr. Chambers says that from 6PM until approximately 7:30 Pm Kimble and the other employees were changing equipment on the machines. The production run began at approximately 7:30PM, and Kimble helped change film rolls on the machine after that.

 

Mr. Chambers says that the staff of 9 people in the room is close to capacity, and so breaks were able to be taken on a frequent basis. Sometimes the employees would tell Mr. chambers that they were going on a break, but this was not required. However, Mr. Chambers says that Kimble usually told Chambers when Kimble was going on a break.
 

Mr. Chambers says that employees are forbidden to leave the building during working hours, and that breaks are taken in a canteen area within the building. Mr. Chambers says that he recalls Kimble coming to Chambers after the production run began, between 7:30PM and 7:50PM, and telling Chambers, "We're running now, I'm gonna go ahead and take my break." Mr. Chambers says that he did not see Kimble for 15-20 minutes after that.

Mr. Chambers says that he has often heard Kimble say, "I'm gonna go call my wife" prior to or during a break period, and has seen Kimble use one of the two pay phones in the canteen area. There are also phones located on the machines that can receive calls, but cannot place calls.


Mr. Chambers did not talk to Kimble after Kimble received notification that there was a fire at Kimble's house. Mr. Chambers says that another senior person, Douglas Reid, came to Chambers around 9PM and told Chambers that Kimble had to leave due to a fire at Kimble's house.

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