Kirk Zimmerman, 60, of Bloomington has waited nearly 4 years for his trial to begin. He was arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-wife Pamela Zimmerman in July of 2015.
Pam Zimmerman was found with multiple gunshot wounds at her Washington St. office in Bloomington on the evening of November 3rd, 2014. She had filed for divorce from Kirk Zimmerman in 2012. Just days before her death she was engaged to her boyfriend at the time.
After several motions and appeals, the jury selection for the trial finally began on April 1, 2019. The jury selection process is expected to take the first week (Monday-Thursday, the trial will not be in session on Friday’s throughout). Judge Scott Drazewski said in court on Monday that they expect opening statements on Monday April 8th, and that the trial could take 5-6 weeks in total.
19 potential jurors were questioned during Monday’s proceedings, with more to follow on Tuesday until a full 12-person jury with 2 alternates is agreed upon. John Rogers of St. Louis leads the defense for Zimmerman while First Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Rigdon leads the prosecution.