Pamela Zimmerman’s former office manager testifies about the moment she found Pam’s body in 2014

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The 8th day of trial and 5th day of testimony in the Kirk Zimmerman murder trial wrapped up Monday afternoon. Ina Hess was the first person to see Pam Zimmerman’s lifeless body on the morning of November 4, 2014. Hess testified that when she got to work on the morning of November 4 she noticed Pam’s van was still in the parking lot, in the same spot as the night before. Pam’s neighbor Julie Koh met Hess in front of the office, worried about Pam. They entered the office and Hess noticed right away that all the blinds were closed, which is never the case. She walked around to her reception desk and saw Pam’s body in the fetal position, face down on the floor.

During cross examination from the defense, Hess testified she left the office the day before at 4:15. The court became contentious when Hess then testified that Zimmerman’s last client of the day was scheduled for 4. Hess had previously testified that the final client, Eldon Whitlow, was scheduled for 4:30. Defense attorney John Rogers continued to question whether Hess could remember better years after her original testimony.

Eldon Whitlow was next to take the stand after Hess. Whitlow was the last client on Pam Zimmerman’s schedule the night she was shot. Whitlow testified he met with Zimmerman once a year to go over his financial statements. Whitlow said he left their meeting at 5:40 that evening, and saw nothing suspicious on his way out. He then testified to text and call several people from then until 7, but couldn’t nail down a solid alibi after questioning from Rogers. Whitlow admitted to going to see a woman he was dating and helping with some minor construction and having dinner. He then left her house around 9:45 and went to another woman’s house where he stayed the night.

Whitlow was questioned the next day by police. He was not taken out of work, but asked to come to the police station when he was done. Police asked to take possession of his guns, including a 9mm gun possibly matching the murder weapon. He declined until he could speak with a lawyer. Police acquired a warrant for the gun and picked it up 2 days later. According to the expert testimony of Dustin Johnson of the State Crime Lab, Whitlow’s gun and the bullets recovered at the scene do not match.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Brad Rigdon asked Whitlow if he murdered Pam Zimmerman. Whitlow responded, “No Sir.”

Another man in question by the defense is Scott Baldwin. He proposed to Pamela just 2 days before she was shot. Baldwin’s testimony is that he was at home and trying to get a hold of Pam via calls and texts at the time she was shot. Baldwin will still be on the witness stand when court resumes Tuesday morning at 8:45 am.

Both Baldwin and Whitlow testified under oath to be involved with more than one woman at the time of Pam Zimmerman’s death. Whitlow was not connected to Zimmerman romantically.

Kyle Beachy

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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