Silverthorn was interviewed on November 6, 1996, at the North
Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Jacksonville, North
Carolina, office, beginning at 10:45 a.m., by SA H. G. Pendergrass
and Guilford County Sheriff's Department Detective J. D. Church.
is a close friend and former roommate of Ronnie Kimble,
brother-in-law of deceased victim Patricia Kimble, and was
interviewed for this purpose.
Prior to the
interview, at approximately 10 a.m., Silverthorn appeared at the
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Camp Lejeune office
where he was introduced to SA Pendergrass and Detective Church by
NCIS SA Doyle Young. Silverthorn was asked and subsequently agreed
to voluntarily and separately accompany SA Pendergrass and Detective
Church to the NCSBI Jacksonville office where the interview of
Silverthorn was conducted.
Silverthorn stated he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June of 1992 following completion of high school. Silverthorn stated he currently holds the rank of corporal and is assigned to G-1 Section, Headquarters Company, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he is responsible for the distribution of classified documents. Prior to this, Silverthorn stated, he was assigned to India Company (a rifle company), 3rd Battalion, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Marine Division following completion of basic training. Silverthorn stated his scheduled release from the USMC is on or about December 1996. Following his release from the USMC, Silverthorn stated he contemplates returning home to the Junction City, Kentucky, area where his mother, Donna Weiant, white female, still resides. Silverthorn further stated he was recently married to Rhonda
stated he first met Ronnie Kimble's brother, Ted, spouse of deceased
victim, Patricia Kimble, during Ronnie and Kimberly's December 1994
wedding. When asked, Silverthorn stated, he did not know very much
about Ted Kimble but believed he owns a lumber business. Silverthorn
stated and recalls visiting Ted Kimble's business on one occasion in
1995. During Ronnie and Kimberly's wedding, Silverthorn stated he
also recalls meeting Ted Kimble's wife, Patricia.
6, 1996, Silverthorn stated he returned from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
and immediately went on leave. Because his truck was broken down,
Silverthorn stated he flew home, via commercial airlines (USAir),
from Jacksonville to Junction City, Kentucky. Prior to going on
leave, Silverthorn stated he did not see or speak with Ronnie
Kimble. After his arrival in Kentucky, Silverthorn stated he
remained at home during his entire leave before returning to duty at
Camp Lejeune. When asked, Silverthorn stated he was not in the
Guilford County area on October 9, 1995, date of Patricia Kimble's
While at home, Silverthorn stated Ronnie Kimble attempted to contact Silverthorn on two occasions. Silverthorn stated and recalls returning a call to Ronnie Kimble's who told Silverthorn that Kimble's sister-in-law had been murdered and set on fire. During the call, Silverthorn stated Ronnie Kimble seemed upset that his sister-in-law had been murdered and recalls being told by Ronnie Kimble that, "Whoever did it, was a sick person." When asked, Silverthorn stated he does not know where Ronnie Kimble was at the time of the telephone call to Silverthorn.
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