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State says Zimmerman may have crossed state lines to buy a gun in Indiana

The third week of the Kirk Zimmerman murder trial continued this morning. Throughout the morning the defense and prosecution argued over the admission of highly anticipated key evidence of security camera footage.

The state is trying to present the path they say Kirk Zimmerman took after he shot Pam Zimmerman in her office on E. Washington street downtown Bloomington.

They are building the foundation for that theory using surveillance video from Top Dog Grooming, Kenny’s Delivery, Oakland Elementary and Washington Elementary. David Mueller is arguing for the defense that several of the surveillance videos lack reliability and accuracy because of they way they were obtained.

The state re-created the path they believe Zimmerman took and are attempting to admit it into evidence, but the defense is arguing a test run is irrelevent. During statements outside the jury’s presence, Mueller argued that there’s no distinct markings, bumper stickers, or anything on Kirk Zimmerman’s car that could possible be recognized in the security camera footage. He said because of the lack of daylight its nearly impossible to even tell what color the vehicles in the video are. Rigdon argued that by comparing the distinct body style of the four door sedan to the one in the test video it would have enabled the jury to see the same style car.

The third week of trial is almost over in Bloomington where Kirk Zimmerman stands trial for the 2014 shooting of his ex-wife.

In the afternoon, a new theory from the state. Prosecutors alluded to a “gun purchasing” theory during their opening statement almost 3 weeks ago. Today they laid the foundation that Kirk Zimmerman traveled across state lines to buy a gun in Indiana. Then brought it back to Bloomington, before they say he shot his ex-wife. The State brought in Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Shea Cronin from Boston University. As an expert on gun laws he helped explain just how easy it is to get a gun right across the Illinois border.

During his testimony Cronin explained that in Illinois a person needs a background check, registration, and waiting period before purchasing a gun from another person. He said those checks and balances don’t exist in Indiana. He also said, “Illinois and Indiana have the second highest gun transfer rate of any two states in the country.”

The defense argued Cronin’s research is irrelevant because it only included guns sold legally, then used in a crime, and then retrieved by law enforcement.

The trial continues tomorrow as we expect evidence from cell phone location and surveillance footage in the coming days.

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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