Sgt. Dokweiler formally interviewed Kyle Zoellner on April 15 after his arrest.
According to Zoellner, he first approached two men about Lilla Ortega's lost cellphone. He told Sgt. Dokweiler the men were angry because they felt they were being accused.
Shortly after, a third man exited the house " imnediately came forward and punched him in the face and he was thrown against a car." Zoellner did not specify if the other two men punched him. Sgt Dokweiler said that Zoellner told him that " he did not really remember anything after he went to the ground. Next thing he recalled was being led to the car."
Sgt. Dokweiler informed Zoellner that people had said,he stabbed someone. Zoelkner asked him if anyone had witnessed him stabbing someone or they were saying he stabbed someone. Sgt. Dokweiler said people just told them he had stabbed someone.
Sgt. Dokweiler said that Zoellner's demeanor was calm. Zoellner did not recall stabbing anyone.
"He felt that sort of conflict could be resolved with words and if it didn't, someone was doing something wrong. He said he'd rather take a beating than stab somebody."
Zoellner during that interview told Sgt. Dokweiler he did not own any knives. Later, APD found the knife bag.
However, when Sgt. Todd Dokweiler was cross examined by Zoellner's attorney, Mr. Luke Brownfield, referring to a,writfen trabscript of that interview, Sgt. Dokweiler clarified that Zoellner was asked if he owned a pocket or clip knife.
The knife found at the crime scene was 10 inches long; the blade 6 inches. It is larger than a paring knife. Zoellner's boss daid he had purchased majority of the knives at the catering business Zoellner worked for and that knife was not one of those he recognized from his business.
Sgt. Dokweiler inspected Zoellner's hands and there were no wounds on his hands.