Report: Friday, July 17, 1998
Narrative: This writer
and Richard E. Panosh, Assistant District Attorney spoke with Rodney
Woodberry at the District Attorney's Office in Greensboro. The
interveiw began at about 12:00 noon and was concluded about 12:50.
We began by going over
his prior statements to the Guilford County Sheriffs Department and
then asked Rodney Woodberry if there was anything else he was
worried about or wanted to tell us about. Rodney Woodberry went on
Ted came by to see me
at Laura's house in Greensboro. He was driving his blazer. It was in
the evening, late, but before 9:00 pm. It was dark and we needed
jackets on. It was late October or early November of 1995. He came
to the door and asked me to come outside and we stood and talked
there on the driveway for 10 minutes or so. That day I had been in
Burlington, then came to Greensboro to see my mother and then went
over to Laura's to visit. I might have spent the night at Laura's
that night. I was surprised that he even knew I was in Greensboro.
But I knew that Laura told me he had been coming by her house to try
to find me because he did not know where I lived in Graham.
Ted asked me what I
had been doing and where I had been working. I had quit working a
Lyles a couple of months before. This was before I had been
interviewed by the Sheriffs Department. I told him where I was
working and what I was doing. He wanted to know how to get to my
house in Graham and I tried to explain to him how to get there. He
told me that he was planning a trip and wanted to know if I would be
interested in working at Lyle's for him, filling in when he was
gone. Right after the death of Patricia I had called Lyles and
offered to help, I talked to Mr. Lyes. Ted told me about how he
planned to get the insurance money and expand the business and go on
We might have talked about the motorcycle he had bought, but I'm not sure if I have ever seen it. My mother told me he had been looking for me at her house with the motorcycle and said he was there to visit and to give me a ride. He had come over more than once. Ted knew where my mother lived because he used to drop me off at home when I worked at Lyles. Ted never came by to visit me when I worked at Lyles, or before Patricia's death. My mother's husband, Wilbur ( I call him Sarge) had even told me that he had been at Lyles and Ted wanted to know where he I was living and how he could get in touch with me. Ted told me he had not gotten the insurance money yet. He complained that the Guilford County Sheriffs Department was trying to keep him from getting the money from the insurance policies, but he said his lawyer said he would get the money sooner or later. He said that he had signed Patricia's name to the insurance
application but that
he did not think the Sheriffs Department knew about it. He talked
about what he was going to do when he gets the money, expand the
business and all.
Then Laura came out
and the conversation changed. They talked about a door he had put on
for her and about fixing her porch.
After that I did not
want to be around him anymore and I don't think that I saw him
again. He never came to my home in Graham or Burlington. But my
mother and Laura kept telling me he would come around looking for
I was afraid of Ted,
so when the detectives asked me questions I did not tell them he
admitted to me that he had Patricia killed, because I was afraid
that he would kill me too. I used to think he would find out where
we were staying and I just did not trust him. I lost plenty of sleep
behind this. I felt like he was going to pop up in Burlington one
What I'm telling you
now is the God's honest truth and I apologize for not telling you
before. am willing to take a polygraph about this.
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