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RECAP: The jury is out, here’s what happened over the last month in the Kirk Zimmerman murder trial

Is Kirk Zimmerman guilty of killing his ex-wife Pam Zimmerman? The jury is still deliberating. Set back today after a juror read a newspaper and was replaced with an alternate.
Its been over a month since the trial started. Kirk Zimmerman has sat silent in the courtroom for 5 weeks. Watching 60 witnesses take the stand. Here’s a look back at the key arguments..

November 3, 2014. Pamela Zimmerman came back to her office at 2103 E. Washington in downtown Bloomington after lunch – and never left. Her last client that day? Eldon Whitlow.

Eldon Whitlow, Pamela Zimmerman’s last client testified early in the trial. “She told me that she was engaged and you could tell the joy and happiness on her face,” he said.

Her body was found behind the reception desk by her secretary the next morning. She was shot four times. The lead suspect? Her ex-husband Kirk Zimmerman, who prosecutors say owed Pam $4000 in child support.

FBI Foresnics Accountant Tom Byers said, “Mr Zimmerman’s expenses exceed his income by two thousand three hundred eight dollars and fifty seven cents.” The state says Pam sent a Fed-Ex package to Kirk, as a third notice to send payment.

The state’s argument of a financial motive was supported by one piece of physical evidence. Gun shot residue from Zimmerman’s car tested at the state police lab.

Ellen Chapman from the state crime lab conducting the testing. “That gear shift handle either contacted a gunshot residue related item or was in the environment of a discharged firearm,” she said.

The defense argued there must have been contamination – or even planted evidence. So they brought in their own expert on gunshot residue. Former FBI special agent John Kilty, said “I thought it was rather astounding that she found 10 characteristics of gunshot residue particles.” Bloomington Police Detective Martin Krylowicz said he conducted that test while armed.

FBI experts tracked Zimmerman’s car using cell tower data, and said he traveled to Indiana a week before Pam’s killing. Prosecutors say that’s where he bought a gun. They argued the law in Indiana makes it easier to get a gun without a paper trail.

The same FBI experts say they tracked Zimmerman’s car the night of the murder, and it was not at home from 4:19 until after 6:30. During the time of the shooting. But the defense maintains throughout that the lack of evidence makes the entire case circumstantial.

During closing arguments First Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Rigdon said,“The evidence has shown you that November 3, 2014 he murdered Pam Zimmerman. And he made sure his hate got carried out in that fourth shot.”

John Rogers of the defense countered by saying, “When you’re a hammer everything looks like a nail. That’s what this case is all about. Suspicion without facts to support anything. I’m asking you to utilize your common sense.”

The defense also argued police didn’t consider other leads. Like Pam’s new fiance, or her last client.
The jury is still out.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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