SBI CASE: 1995-03251
ARREST OF RONNIE LEE
KIMBLE AT THE USMC BASE, CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA:
On April 1, 1997, at
approximately 9:15 a.m., SA Pendergrass, Criminal Specialist T. C.
Childrey, and Guilford County Sheriff's Department Detectives J. D.
Church and S. J. McBride met with Naval Criminal Investigative (NCIS)
SA Samuel G. Worth and SA Kenneth S. Reuwer at the NCIS office
located on the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. At
that time, officers were advised by SA Worth that suspect Ronnie Lee
Kimble, white male, date of birth January 17, 1972, had been taken
into custody by SA Worth and SA Reuwer earlier this same day and had
not been questioned regarding the murder of Patricia Kimble prior to
the arrival of local officers.
At approximately 10:15 a.m., SA Pendergrass and Detective Church met with suspect Ronnie Kimble in SA Worth's office. At that time, Detective Church advised suspect Kimble that Detective Church was in the possession of an arrest warrant charging Kimble with first degree murder. Detective Church went on to explain to Kimble that Kimble should first listen to what Detective Church had to say regarding the investigation surrounding the murder of Patricia Kimble before Kimble made any type of statement. Detective Church also explained that Kimble should consider cooperating with authorities in this matter considering the Guilford County District Attorney's Office would be seeking the death penalty in this case.
While speaking with suspect Kimble on
this occasion, Kimble was allowed two bathroom breaks and given
three cups of water upon Kimble's request. At no time during the
bathroom breaks were questions asked of suspect Kimble regarding the
murder of Patricia Kimble before advising Ronnie Kimble of his
Constitutional Rights. At no time did suspect Ronnie Kimble make a
statement nor admit to officers that Kimble was involved or
responsible in any way for the death of Patricia Kimble. The
interview of suspect Kimble was also interrupted at one point to
allow Kimble to sign for his military pay check.
After making little or no progress in
an attempt to encourage suspect Ronnie Kimble to cooperate in this
matter, at approximately 12:18 p.m., the interview with suspect
Kimble was terminated.
Following this, NCIS SA Worth
notified the USMC Staff Judge Advocate's office regarding procedures
to have suspect Ronnie Kimble formally turned over to Guilford
County authorities. SA Worth was advised that personnel at the Staff
Judge Advocate's office would prepare the necessary paperwork and
would come to the NCIS office where they would meet with Kimble.
During this time, lunch was provided to suspect Kimble by Detective
Church from a local on base Burger King.
At approximately 2 p.m., Captain
Elizabeth Ann Martineau of the USMC Staff Judge Advocate's office
arrived and subsequently met with SA Pendergrass and Detective
Church. At that time, Detective Church was required to sign a
Delivery Agreement (attached); whereby, Detective Church,
representing the Guilford County Sheriff's Department, would agree
to return Ronnie Kimble to the USMC at Camp Lejeune if the charges
against Kimble were dismissed or following completion of trial in
the event Kimble was acquitted. Following this procedure, Captain
Martineau then met with suspect Ronnie Kimble to explain the
extradition process. Suspect Ronnie Kimble agreed to waive
extradition (attached) and return to Guilford County to answer the
charge of first degree murder.
At approximately 2:36 p.m., Detectives Church and McBride then took suspect Ronnie Kimble into custody from NCIS SA Worth. At this point, Detective Church inquired if Kimble wished to appear
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