Ted Kimble met and started dating Janet
Blakley, 2nd cousin to Patricia Blakley, during Janet’s Senior year
in high school.
February - May 1993
Ted Kimble dated Kimberly Palmer. Palmer
testified that Ted asked her to marry him secretly.
April 6, 1993
Ronnie Kimble joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
Patricia filed a theft loss claim against her homeowner’s insurance.
Ted Kimble and Janet Blakley broke up for good
after he asked her to marry him and she declined, opting to finish
college first. Janet said that Ted suggested they marry in secret so
her parents would continue to pay for her education, but she said
November 28, 1993
Ted Kimble and Patricia Blakley announced
their engagement at the South Elm Street Baptist Church.
December 21, 1993
Ted Kimble and Patricia Blakley were secretly
married in a civil ceremony in Danville, VA, with his parents as
Gary Lyles notified Robins & Weill, Inc., the
real estate brokerage firm that handled his lease on the property
that Lyles Building Material sat on, that he was selling the
business to his employee, Ted Kimble, but the current lease would
transfer to the new owner. The current lease expired March 31, 1997.
May 7, 1994
Ted and Patricia married in a church ceremony
at the Monnet Road Baptist Church, officiated by Ted’s father,
Reverend Ronnie Kimble Sr.
December 10, 1994
Ronnie Kimble and Kimberly Stump married.
Ted Kimble contacted Robins & Weill, Inc., to
declare his intent to maintain the lease on the land Lyles occupied
and inquired about purchasing the property. No price was quoted to
Ted, and he was told the owners never have expressed a desire to
sell the land.
February 24, 1995
Ted Kimble met with Harvey Apple, insurance
agent for Mass Mutual, at Lyles to discuss life insurance on
Patricia. They discussed $100,000. About this same time, Ted
met with Khalil Ganim, insurance agent for State Farm. He and Ted
discussed $50,000-$100,000 life insurance on each of them. At a
subsequent meeting, Ted informed Ganim that Patricia did not want
additional insurance on her. Ted did take out mortgage disability
insurance on himself.
March 1, 1995
2nd meeting between Kimble and Harvey Apple,
insurance agent for Mass Mutual. Ted had $100,000 payable to her,
and she already had $25,000, so they decided on an additional
$75,000 for her to bring her up to $100,000 payable to him. Patricia
joined them, and she would not sign the paperwork, according to
Apple. No further discussions about life insurance with Mass Mutual.
June 15, 1995
Patricia requested an increase in her
homeowner insurance coverage from Maryland Casualty, citing the
addition of the 2-car garage.
July 20, 1995
Because of the theft loss claims, Maryland
Casualty asked Patricia to install protective devices, such as an
alarm system and dead bolt locks. Insurance records indicate that an
alarm system with monitor detectors was installed, dead bolts were
installed, and the front door was replaced with a new reinforced
September 7, 1995
Ted Kimble applied for a second job at
September 12, 1995
Ted completed the insurance application,
assisted by William Jarrell, for $200,000 on Patricia.
September 18, 1995
Ted hired by Precision Fabrics as a frame
operator in the lamination department on second shift, 3:00 pm to
11:00 pm, at $6.65 per hour.
Various individuals report that 2-3 weeks
before Patricia’s death, she confided in them her concerns about the
state of her marriage and Ted’s efforts to get more life insurance
on her. <Linda Cherry testimony> <Cara Dudley Testimony> <Rose Lyles
September 28, 1995
Reuben Blakley met Patricia at the Pizza Hut.
He reports that she said she was “real worried and real concerned”
that Ted wanted more life insurance on her. <Reuben Blakley
Testimony, p. 84>
October 4, 1995
Maryland Casualty issued a non-renewal notice
to Patricia for her homeowners insurance, citing the theft loss
claims as the reason. The non-renewal was effective October 31,
1995. William Jarrell, insurance agent, arranged a blood draw
for Ted and Patricia Kimble. The appointment was set for October 5
at 11:30. The appointment was not kept, and was rescheduled for
October 9, 1995
Patricia Kimble murdered in her home and her
body set on fire. The following
timeline has been reconstructed based on information from the
Ronnie at Ted’s house to pick up box truck, did not see Patricia
7:30 Ted leaves house for work,
Patricia still in bed
11:30 Patricia leaves the
office for lunch w/Ted and to run downtown errand
1:00/2:00 Ronnie returns box truck
to Ted’s house
2:00 Nancy returns from lunch,
Patricia is in the office
3:20 Patricia talks on phone w/Ted
3:25/3:30 Patricia leaves the
office for home
3:30/3:45 Patricia speaks briefly
w/Braswell at stop light
4:00 Nancy places a call to
Patricia at home, no answer
4:00 Estimated time of Patricia’s
5:30 Ted and co workers, Ogburn &
Swaney close Lyles for the day
5:45 Ted dropped off dog at his
5:45/5:50 Vickery, a neighbor
smells something burning
6:00/6:15 Fryar, a neighbor notices
smoke in direction of Patricia’s house
6:00/6:20 Ted is seen arriving at
Precision Fabrics (was scheduled to come in late)
6:20 Ms. Patton allegedly sees
Ronnie turning onto Brandon Station Court
7:00 - 8:30 Patricia was supposed
to be at bible study
8:21 Reuben pages Patricia
8:31 Reuben pages Patricia a second
8:42 Reuben dials 911
October 12, 1995
Ted Kimble filed a Notice of Claim and demand
for payment of policy in progress to Life of Georgia, for the
$200,000 life insurance policy on Patricia’s life that he applied
for through William Jarrell on September 12, 1995.
October 16, 1995
Ted Kimble interviewed by Gary Reilly,
investigator for Maryland Insurance Group, which carried the
homeowner’s insurance. This interview produced a 46 page report.
Reilly followed-up on the information Ted provided, interviewing
individuals to confirm Ted’s whereabouts on October 9. The purpose
of the investigation was to determine if Ted had any responsibility
for the arson.
October 19, 1995
Ted Kimble filed claims on two $25,000 double
indemnity life insurance policies on Patricia, one held by the
Southland Life Insurance Company and the other by Life of Georgia.
November 23, 1995
Ted Kimble offers a
through Crime Stoppers.
March 7, 1996
Ted Kimble was deposed by attorneys from the
Maryland Insurance Group, which was undecided on whether to honor
Ted’s claim. The deposition concerned whether some of the property
loss clams had been exaggerated, and whether the claim for a
substitute dwelling place was appropriate.
May 7, 1996
Ted Kimble contacted Life of Georgia and
Southland Life to report that he was cleared as a suspect and
requested that they pay out the two $25,000 policies on Patricia.
Wanda Mize, the senior claims examiner for the two insurance
companies, contacted the Guilford County Sheriff’s department about
the status of the investigation, and Ted’s claim was denied.
Ronnie and Kim Kimble
lost a baby. Ronnie took leave from the Marines to spend time
December 1996 - February 1997
Ted Kimble involved with Robert Nicholes and
Pardee in a theft conspiracy ring.
January 23-24, 1997
Ronnie and Kim Kimble visit Louie Mitch
Whidden and his wife. Ronnie Kimble allegedly confessed to Mitch
Whidden that he murdered Patricia Kimble for a cut in the insurance
money Ted was to collect on her.
January 25, 1997
Mitch Whidden sought
advice from the Reverend Jerry Falwell about his moral and legal
responsibilities regarding the alleged confession by Ronnie.
Falwell asked his son and another attorney at Liberty University to
see Whidden and advise him.
January 28, 1997
Mitch Whidden visited
Ronnie at Camp LeJeune to try and convince him to turn himself in.
Ronnie said Whidden misunderstood, what he told him was a bad dream, not
February 3, 1997
Mitch Whidden interviewed by SBI Agent Pendergrass,
Detective Church, and Detective Sergeant Deberry.
Liberty University attorneys Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Frank Patric
Yeatts were present.
March 4, 1997
Mr. Munroe and two other investigators visited
Camp Lejeune and interviewed several of Ronnie Kimble’s friends and
April 1, 1997
Ted Kimble and Ronnie Kimble arrested.
April 17, 1997
Robert H. Nicholes entered into a plea
agreement with Guilford County District Attorney's office to “voluntarily
appear and testify in any trial related to the death of Patricia
Kimble,” in exchange for which the State of North Carolina will
recommend that he receive a probationary sentence for 19 counts of
breaking and entering and 6 counts of larceny in the theft
conspiracy ring. With no plea deal, conviction could have resulted
in a 14 year sentence.
October 31, 1997
Patrick Pardee entered into a plea agreement with the
Guilford County District Attorney's office to
testify in regard to
the death of Patricia Kimble, and to provide testimony consistent
with the statements he previously gave to various investigators.
For his cooperation, the DA would recommend probation and the First
August 10, 1998
Ronnie Kimble’s trial begins.
September 2, 1998
deliberated for five hours over two days before reaching a verdict
at 10:50 a.m., finding
guilty of 1st degree
murder, 1st degree arson, and conspiracy to commit murder.
The Penaly phase began at 2 p.m. The Stated
elected not to call witnesses, and the Defense called nine.
September 3, 1998
The Jury recommended Life Without Parole for
Ronnie Kimble. Judge Preston Cornelius added an additional 15-20
years for the crimes of arson and conspiracy to commit murder.
Ted Kimble accepted a plea agreement
from DA Panosh.
February 24, 1999
Ted Kimble sent a letter to Judge
Peter McHugh withdrawing his plea agreement and requesting a change
of venue. Both were denied.
August 15, 2000
Ronnie Kimble’s appeal heard by the North
Carolina Court of Appeals. Appeal denied in opinion published on
October 3, 2000, by Judge Smith, with Judges Greene and Edmunds
March 8, 2004
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in
Crawford v. Washington regarding the 6th Amendment Confrontation
Clause. The Court overruled the conviction and re-affirmed the
defendant's 6th Amendment Right to Confrontation.
June 19, 2006
The U. S. Supreme Court issued its decisions in two
key cases: Davis v. Washington and Hammon v. Indiana.
These decisions address whether the 6th Amendment Confrontation
Clause applies only to testimonial hearsay.
February 28, 2007
The U. S. Supreme Court issued its decision in
WHORTON v. BOCKTING. The ruling
held that Crawford announced a new rule of criminal procedure
that does not fall within the Teague exception for watershed rules.
This means that Crawford is not retroactive and applies only
to cases still on direct review.