Report, Harold G. Pendergrass (SBI):
Interview Jerry Leander Poe, inmate Guilford County Jail
Jerry Poe was interviewed on August 26, 1997, at the Guilford Co.
Sheriff's Department, High Point, NC, beginning at 11:40 AM, by SA
H. G. Pendergrass and Guilford Co. Sheriff's Department Detective J.
Poe is currently incarcerated at the Guilford Co. Jail, High Point,
NC with suspect Theodore Mead Kimble, W/M, spouse of victim Patricia
Kimble. During a recent conversation, Theodore Kimble admitted to
Poe that he (Kimble) and his brother killed Patricia Kimble. Poe was
interviewed for this purpose.
Poe stated he was
born in Durham Co. and lived there most of his life before moving to
High Point, NC with his wife, Regina, and their two small sons
approximately 6 years ago. Poe stated he has graduated from high
school and has completed two years of college at North Carolina
Central University, Durham, NC. Poe stated he is employed at and
operates the Green St. Pool and Game Room located at 1024 Green St.,
High Point, NC. Poe stated he has also worked for Darryl's Bonding
Company, Greensboro, NC, telephone number 1-800-378-5327, in the
past to assist in locating absconders. Poe stated he is currently in
the Guilford Co. jail as a result of a probation violation regarding
a forgery and uttering case which originated in Durham Co.
Shortly before his
arrest, Poe stated he learned that the High Point PD was in the
possession of an outstanding Order for Arrest (OFA) regarding the
probation violation. On June 10, 1997, Poe stated, he subsequently
called the High Point PD to verify the above information. Following
this, Poe stated he then went to the High Point PD where he
voluntarily surrended himself for service of the OFA which had a
pre-set bond of $5,000. Once
at the High
Point magistrate's office, Poe stated he was also served with an
additional OFA regarding a larceny case which carried a no bond
Since his incarceration, Poe stated, he has been housed at the
Guilford Co. jail, High Point facility, on different floors. On or
about August 19, 1997, Poe stated, he was located on the 7th floor
of the jail and meeting with his attorney, Sherry Royal, of the High
Point Public Defender's office regarding his pending larceny case.D
During this meeting, Poe stated, he told his attorney that he did
not feel anything was being doneA
by the investigating police officer who had agreed to speak with the
district attorney's office regarding Poe's cooperation in his
pending larceny case. Poe stated he believes he has cooperated fully
with the investigating officer and whatever else he had to do to
help himself, Poe would do.
During this same meeting, Poe stated, he then told his attorney that
Poe had learned certain information regarding a murder from another
inmate who was currently housed on the 7th floor of the jail with
Poe. Poe stated he provided his attorney with the inmate's first
name, Ted, but did not know Ted's last name. According to Poe, he
advised his attorney that during a recent conversation with Ted, Poe
was told by Ted that Ted and his brother had killed Ted's wife. Poe
stated Ted also told him that he and his brother had burned the
house down to conceal evidence of the murder.B
On August 21, 1997 at approximately 10:00 PM, Poe stated, he was
contacted at the High Point jail facility by Guilford Co. Sheriff's
Department Detective Jim Church. On this occasion, Poe stated, he
was told by Detective Church, that as a result of information
provided to attorney Royal by Poe on a prior occasion regarding the
Kimble murder, Detective Church had been requested by the district
attorney's office to interview Poe and obtain any and all
information Poe had related to the Kimble
murder. Poe stated he provided Detective Church with the following
information. Poe stated he was on the 7th floor of the Guilford Co.
jail, High Point facility, from August 08, 1997 until August 19,
1997.C During that time, Poe
told Detective Church that he met a white male subject known only to
Poe as Ted.
While on the 7th floor, Poe stated, he would speak and discuss the
Bible and God with Ted and the other inmates. Poe told Detective
Church that Ted appeared to be a religious person and
A-I believe these 2 statements
cover it pretty good.
B-My case is somewhat common
knowledge among inmates. I have been told that inmates talk about my
case when I'm not around.
C-Poe was only on the floor 11
D-Poe ask me to pray for he and his
wife. He stated they were having problems. He said there
was a hang up in his case and the prosecutor was trying to hit him
with an abitual felon charge. He gave me his name and his
wife's name on a small piece of paper. I wrote it on my prayer
list and through the paper away. (I asked Poe if he was saved
and knew the Lord. He told me yes and continued to speak about
the Lord and gave the above statement. He stated he had
backslidden and gotten out of God's will.
I spoke to him a day or so later. I
spoke to him through his door. I encouraged him to read his
bible and told him what stations to lisson for sermons on the radio.
On the first conversation Poe ask me why I was
in Jail after telling me why he was in jail. I said, "you
don't need to know." I did NOT tell him nor discuss
they (Poe/Ted) oftenA prayed
together. On one occasion while talking and reading from the Bible
(book of Timothy), Poe stated Ted expressed to Poe that Poe was
someone Ted felt he could trust and had a need to tell Poe
something. Poe stated he was told by Ted that he (Ted) had done
something real bad and wished to repent for what he (Ted) had done.
Poe stated Ted further explained that he just did not feel his heart
had been cleansed from what he had done and felt comfortable and
trusted Poe enough to speak to Poe about his (Ted) problem. At this
point, Poe stated, Ted began to show remorse for his sorrow and
openly weptB for
approximately 5 minutes in Poe's presence. Poe stated he tried to
console Ted by patting him gently on the back and then told Ted that
Ted could talk to Poe about anything Ted had on his mind.
(HA) (HA) Poe stated Ted began to
relate an occasion when Ted and his brother had been drinking and
smoking marijuanaC together
following an argument between Ted and his wife that same day. Poe
stated he was told by Ted that he and his wife had also argued on
prior occasions. Poe stated Ted then admitted that he "basically
lost it" resulting in Ted killing his wife. Poe stated Ted went on
to admit following the murder Ted and his brother tried to cover up
what he and his brother had done by setting the house on fire.
When asked by Detective Church, Poe stated Ted did not identify his
brother to Poe by name. Poe stated Ted expressed regret for killing
his wife by saying, " he (Ted) didn't mean to do it, but they had
been arguing". According to Poe, Ted did not tell Poe what Ted and
his wife had been arguing about and Poe did not ask. Poe stated he
never knew Ted until Poe was moved to the 7th floor. Poe stated he
doesn't know anything about Ted's family or any details of the death
of Ted's wife other that what was told to Poe by Ted on that one
occasion. Poe stated he only learned that Ted's last name was Kimble
during the interview with Detective Church. From what he was told by
Ted, Poe stated, he was left with the impression that Ted was the
one who killed his wife but can not be sure.
During the interview with Detective Church, Poe stated, Ted told Poe
that his (Ted) attorney's advised him that if Ted did not accept a
plea and cooperate, then Ted would be left in jail
until May of next year (1998)D
before Ted's case was heard in court. Poe stated to Detective Church
that he (Poe) did not believe his attorney's were doing a good job
because they were court appointed. Poe stated and recalls being told
by Ted regarding an incident when Ted was being visited by some of
his family members. According to Poe, Ted explained he got mad
A-We never read or prayed together.
I only spoke to him twice. His cell was 3-4 doors down.
We only got 1 hr. out a day. I believe we only came out 1-2
times on the same hour. Records would show it.
B-Who witness this remorse.
C-I had a drug test a week or two
after her death. I went for a physical. I went ahead and
took out the $150,000 insurance. (I don't drink or do drugs) I
also had a drug test when hired at PFG.
D-I did say when asked by Poe, I'm
looking at May 95' for a court date.
duringA the visit and
punched a hole in the visitor's room wall. Following the visitation,
Ted came out of the room and made a point of telling GC Detention.
officer McCloud by pointing out the damage to the visitor's room
wall claiming someone else must have created the damage. When told
by Detective Church that the investigation of Patricia Kimble's
murder had not revealed anything regarding marijuana use by Ted
Kimble, Poe stated, he is only relating what Ted told Poe. Poe
stated he knows nothing about the use of marijuana by Ted Kimble,
that Poe was only reiterating what Ted Kimble: told Poe, that at the
time of his (Ted) wife's murder. Ted was smoking marijuana and
drinking. Poe stated Ted Kimble may not smoke marijuana or drink,
but if Ted Kimble reveals anything more regarding the murder of his
wife, then Poe would forward the information along to Detective
Church. When asked, Poe stated he would be willing to testify in
Court about all he was told by Ted Kimble regarding the murder of
Kimble's wife. Poe stated he would also be willing to submit to a
polygraph to verify the veracity of what was told to him by red
At the conclusion of the above interview, Poe was asked why he was
willing to provide this information to law enforcement. Poe advised
that he believed the information would be of benefit to him
regarding his pending charges.B
SA Pendergrass advised Poe that he (Pendergrass) and Detective
Church did not have the authority to make promises to Poe regarding
any charges now pending against Poe, but the cooperation and
information provided by Poe to Detective Church and SA Pendergrass
regarding the murder of Patricia Kimble would be made known to the
district attorney's office.
The interview with Jerry Poe was concluded at approximately 1:00 PM
on August 26, 1997.
A-I was sure to FIRST point
the damage out to the guard before intering. It was the first
thing seen when the door was opened. No one knew who did it. I
was the first visit of the day so it had to have been done the night
before. We lost visitation until it was fixed.
"A Guilty Dog Barks" you might look back on
the records and see if Poe was the last visit before the damage was
B-He said it.