BLOOMINGTON — The Twin Cities ended 2014 with three homicides, including the unsolved shooting of a Bloomington woman in her office in November.
Pamela Zimmerman, 53, was found in the 2100 block of East Washington Street on Nov. 4 with multiple gunshot wounds. No arrest has been made but Bloomington police said last week the department continues "to dedicate substantial resources to this complex case."
Police hope their open request for home or business surveillance video from the area will produce new leads, among them the travel route the suspect may have taken.
"Investigators believe the volume of video evidence collected in this case exceeds any other BPD investigation to date," said public affairs officer Sara Mayer.
Evidence collected so far in the case is being processed by the department and the state crime lab, said Mayer.
The first homicide of 2014 was recorded in June with the beating of a homeless man in O'Neil Park on the city's west side. Ronald Smith, 56, died July 3 of injuries he allegedly suffered during an attack June 2 by three men.
Facing first-degree murder charges are Willie Chambers, 18, Tory Washington, 20, and Anthony Davis-Dickson, 19, all of Bloomington.
The third homicide occurred Nov. 16 with the shooting death of Carlton B. Jordan, 47, of Bloomington. Tracy Newson, 48, of Normal is charged with murder in the incident that involved a dispute over a woman, according to police.
Meanwhile, jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the 2013 death of 3-year-old Robbie Cramer.
Nicholas Compton, 25, of Normal, is charged with killing the toddler, who died of peritonitis due to blunt force trauma to his abdomen.
Compton, who was the boyfriend of the child's mother, Danielle Fischer, also is charged with aggravated battery of a child and aggravated domestic battery related to other injuries the boy allegedly suffered.
Fischer also is charged with murder and child endangerment for her alleged failure to take the child for medical treatment and her decision to leave the child with Compton.