The Kirk Zimmerman murder trial continued in Bloomington today. Up to this point no witness or evidence could link Kirk Zimmerman to the office where his ex-wife Pamela Zimmerman’s body was found back in November of 2014. She was shot 4 times.
Maria Legg – A 79-year-old Bloomington woman – said she was recycling her old newspapers and magazines at the church near Pam Zimmerman’s Office between 5-6 pm on November 3rd, 2014. She testified she saw Kirk Zimmerman standing by a vehicle outside of the office where Pam Zimmerman was found dead. She said the man with “hair like Liberace” stared at her for over ten minutes.
“That man sitting over there..when I started walking I looked toward Washington street and saw him,” Legg explained.
Defense attorney John Rogers questioned the witnesses mental and emotional stability. Legg repeatedly answered “I don’t remember” when asked about her original statements to detectives back in March of 2016. Legg burst out in fits of tears multiple times throughout her hour long testimony.
In a key moment this morning, Maria Legg testified she saw Zimmerman in a black car. Zimmerman’s 2013 Hyundai Sonata – tested positive for gunshot residue on the gearshift – is silver.
After she placed Kirk Zimmerman at the scene of the crime this morning, the state started to lay down evidence that money was the motive for the murder.
One hundred nine thousand dollars was Kirk Zimmerman’s net worth at the time he’s accused of shooting his ex-wife Pam. That’s over 400 thousand less than just two years before when they were still married. But the defense says that number is blown out of proportion.
The state has indicated since opening statements two weeks ago that they believe greed is the motive behind Pam Zimmerman’s murder. This afternoon they brought in Tom Byers, a forensic accountant with the FBI. Byers reviewed Zimmerman’s finances and told the court Kirk Zimmerman’s monthly income wasn’t enough. Defense Attorney John Rogers says the snapshot Byers gave was inaccurate.
Tom Byers gave the court a view of Kirk Zimmerman’s monthly income and expenses. He said, “At the time of this snapshot Mr. Zimmerman’s monthly expenses exceeded his income by two thousand three hundred dollars.” When Byers was cross-examined by Rogers, he was asked why Pam Zimmerman’s debts were not recorded when he gave the court a snapshot of the couple’s net worth in 2012. He said he wasn’t given those documents by the State.
Byers also did not include any future earned income through Zimmerman’s pension. Rogers said this gives the jury a false indication of Zimmerman’s financial situation at the time of Pam’s death.
The trial continues Tuesday morning at 9:00 in McLean County.