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Zimmerman murder case timeline

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Kirk Zimmerman, right, talks with Mike Meresak, a member of his defense team, during the third third day of his murder trial, April 10, 2019, at the McLean County Law and Justice Center in Bloomington.


Here is a timeline of the Kirk Zimmerman murder case that ended Monday afternoon with him being acquitted by a McLean County jury.

Nov. 4, 2014: Pam Zimmerman's body is found in her office at 2103 E. Washington St. in Bloomington; she was shot four times.

July 21, 2015: Pam Zimmerman's husband, Kirk Zimmerman, is arrested on murder charges; the couple had divorced in 2012 after 20 years of marriage.

Nov. 24, 2015: Kirk Zimmerman is released after posting $200,025. He is ordered on electronic monitoring at his home on Park Ridge Road.

December 2015: Judge Scott Drazewski rules information about gunshot residue tests done on Zimmerman's clothing and car will be allowed at his trial. 

September 2016: Zimmerman's lawyer, John Rogers, argues the opinions of some friends of Pam Zimmerman about the couple's relationship should be barred; the judge later rules several statements will be allowed, but he excludes others.

January 2017: A ruling allows the jury to hear statements the defendant made during police interviews. At a hearing on the issue, Rogers said his client was "bum rushed" by Bloomington police at his office at State Farm and misled into thinking he was going to the police station to meet his children after their mother was found.

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March 2017: A ruling allows the jury to hear testimony from a Bloomington woman who told police she thinks she saw Zimmerman outside the office building where Pam Zimmerman worked around the time she was killed; the defense successfully argues the woman's identification of Zimmerman from a computerized photo line-up should not be used at trial. 

January 2018: Proceedings are put on hold for six months after the state files an appeal of the decision limiting witness statements. The Fourth District Appellate Court later confirmed the judge's ruling excluding some remarks.

February 2019: Drazewski agrees to the return of $50,000 of Zimmerman's bond money to help cover defense costs, including the retention of expert witnesses.

March 2019: The judge issues a gag order barring lawyers for both sides, police and witnesses from making public statements about the case.

April 1, 2019: Jury selection begins; an estimated 100 witnesses are expected to testify during the trial that could last four to six weeks.

April 8, 2019: Testimony for the prosecution begins. A total of 43 witnesses testify.

April 30, 2019: Testimony for the defense begins. A total of 17 witnesses testify.

May 1, 2019: The defense rests; Kirk Zimmerman declines to testify. 

May 3, 2019: The jury begins deliberating.

May 6, 2019:  The jury acquits Zimmerman of murder, sending him home a free man.

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny


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