BLOOMINGTON — A mosaic of physical and circumstantial evidence has been assembled by police in the case against Kirk Zimmerman in the shooting death of his former wife.
"This is not a case where you have a smoking gun or a video of it happening. It's a big-picture case," McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers said Wednesday after a five-page statement was read in circuit court laying out details of the murder charges.
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It's clear from the statement that exceeds most probable-cause statements compiled by prosecutors in length and detail, that authorities have assembled what they consider a timeline of the murder.
From witness accounts and cellphone data, police determined Pamela Zimmerman was last seen about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 when her last client left her office on Bloomington's east side.
It's likely she then went to the front reception desk to work, the spot where she was killed, said the statement read by First Assistant State's Attorney Adam Ghrist.
There were no signs of forced entry when police arrived at the office that Pamela Zimmeran had her financial planning and certified public accounting business.
Surveillance video shows a vehicle matching her ex-husband's entering the parking lot of her office building and sitting for several minutes before moving, said the statement. The same car was seen on video showing several nearby streets where police found the victim's possessions discarded.
Pam Zimmerman's cellphone was found Nov. 4 in a pile of leaves at the intersection of Robinson Street and Felton Place. Her wallet with credit cards was found nearby.
A cordless phone taken from the murder scene was located by police in the 1400 block of East Grove Street, said Ghrist.
"It should be noted that these items were found in what amounts to a loop traveled by the murderer after leaving Pamela's office while throwing items from a car," said the statement.
A large amount of surveillance video submitted by the public in response to a request from Bloomington police was helpful, said Chambers.
Bloomington police were tight lipped during their eight-month investigation, but there were indications that Kirk Zimmerman may have been a suspect within days of the shooting. Bloomington police investigators spent two days searching Zimmerman's Bloomington home at 2804 Park Ridge Road, and a police vehicle was seen outside the residence for about a month after the slaying.