Letter: Fred Crumple (represented Ted) to
Ronnie Kimble, Sr.
Handwritten notes are included.
WHITE AND CRUMPLER
301 NORTH MAIN STREET, SUITE 1100
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA 27101-3899
September 23, 2002
Mr. Ronnie Lee
Julian, NC 27283
Dear Mr. Kimble:
This is to
acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated September 12, 2002.
The fee, which was agreed upon, in your son's case was what is
termed legally a "flat fee". NO As you
will recall, both of your sons were charged with First Degree Murder
of the wife of Ronnie Kimble NOT by
burning her to death for the purpose of obtaining insurance proceeds
on her life. The State had already elected to proceed with the trial
of your other son, which the State felt was the least culpable of
the two and this son was convicted of first degree murder and it was
my understanding that the imposition of the death penalty was a very
As you will remember, the defense of this case involved two
attorneys, because of its seriousness. Each attorney, myself and Mr.
Zimmerman had many years of experience. My experience was as a
successful defense lawyer who had tried many capital cases through
the years. Mr. Zimmerman1
had, for many years, successfully prosecuted capital cases and, in
addition, had the experience gained as a Superior Court Judge.
The fee which each of us charged you was certainly a reasonable fee
and was an amount which is often exceeded when the Court appoints
attorneys who are not attorneys of the defendant's choice. To
compound this matter, you will recall that pending trial a plot was
uncovered and your son Ronnie2
was accused of, among other things, conspiring to murder the trial
judge, the assistant district attorney trying the case, the
investigative detective and other persons involved in the trial and
the District Attorney had hand-written notes to the inmate who was
to accompany him in this plan, which was a viable and well conceived
plan. With all of this pending and without charging an additional
fee for the last offenses enumerated, Mr. Zimmerman and I were able
to negotiate plea of guilty to second degree murder.3
I am proud of the result in this case considering the facts involved
and I believe that eve experienced, disinterested defense lawyer
will advise you that your son was well represented.
I do not keep a record of time spent in a capital as this and o o
now of any other trial lawyer who does, except for Court appointed
attorneys who are required to keep a time ledger since they are
being paid by the State
1 he never worked on the case.
Went to see Ted one time. Did not say anything during the
trial. Was later charged with having sex with one of his clients.
2 Not true
3 Not true, first
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In concluding, I do not normally enter into a written contract in a
criminal case which involves a flat fee.1
If I can be of further assistance to you in this matter, please
Fred G. Crumpler, Jr.
1 A contract was signed