BLOOMINGTON — Kirk Zimmerman’s home and car were scoured in November 2014 for possible evidence related to the death of his former wife, according to testimony Wednesday from several Bloomington police detectives.
Zimmerman is accused of shooting Pam Zimmerman, his wife of 20 years before the two divorced in 2012, on Nov. 3, 2014, as she sat behind the reception desk of her office at 2103 E. Washington St.
Four detectives testified about their roles in the homicide investigation that quickly focused on Zimmerman as a suspect. The 60-year-old defendant was taken to the police station for questioning hours after the victim's body was found.
The jury viewed more than 100 photos taken by police of Zimmerman's home during the six days his residence on Park Ridge Road was under police control based on a search warrant. Everything from Zimmerman's sock and underwear drawers to the inside of the trash cans of his four-bedroom home was depicted on a screen in the courtroom.
At least six officers were at the home during portions of the search of Zimmerman’s home. The photos of the well-kept home supported prosecutor Mary Koll's description of Zimmerman as a "very organized, meticulous person."
Among the items seized from Zimmerman's home was a list of activities and chores he told police he had done on the day his former wife was killed. Police also picked up a receipt from a trash can for Subway, an item that supports the defendant's version of his round of activities the previous day.
Detective Paul Jones detailed the gunshot residue tests he performed on gloves located during the search of Zimmerman’s home. Test results on the gloves showed no residue to link Zimmerman to firing or being near a firearm, according to previously filed court records.
The process used by Bloomington police to seize and search Zimmerman's car was discussed by Detective Todd Walcott, one of the officers sent to locate Zimmerman’s car in a State Farm parking garage hours after the victim was found on Nov. 4, 2014.
Walcott said Zimmerman's silver Hyundai Sonata was towed to the Bloomington Police Department. In response to questions from defense lawyer John Rogers, Walcott could not say how many officers had access to the car.
Tests performed on Zimmerman's car showed gunshot residue on the gearshift handle, according to a state police report. The defense has challenged those results, arguing that police officers who handle weapons may have transferred residue from their hands or bodies to the suspect's car.
Rogers spent a portion of his cross-examination of the detectives asking them about their exposure to firearms before they were assigned to gather evidence from Zimmerman's car.
Each officer recalled cleaning their guns after firing them at a range days or weeks before the Zimmerman homicide. The detectives also wore gloves during the evidence collection, according to their testimony.
Blood was not located in Zimmerman's car, according to police testimony Wednesday.