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John Hatfield:  Conference with Ronnie Kimble



Robert O'Hale had already been to visit defendant. I showed defendant the newspaper - he had not seen it.

I told defendant I bet Wally Harrelson would step aside and that Dave North would be appointed to represent defendant's brother.

At noon today I talked to Ronnie's wife (Kim Kimble) and her mother.

At 11:00 a.m. I talked to Jim Kimel who told me Dick Panosh was assigned to the case a year ago. Kimel said Ronnie Kimble was a strong prospect for death penalty because murder for hire. Also pecuniary gain which Kimel did not mention.

Defendant says Detective Church showed him pictures of burned body of victim.

Church et al. never read defendant Miranda rights until they got back here from Lejeune. Arrested 7:00 a.m. 4/1/97. Church got there at 10:15 - 7:00 p.m. defendant got Miranda rights. They tried to persuade defendant to confess.

They made speeches to defendant all day. Ignored his repeated demands to see an attorney.

"Some lady" said she saw defendant at 6:20 p.m. at or near the intersection of Patricia's street near Main Street. So-called eyewitness from Randolph County picked defendant out of photo lineup of 6 marines. Defendant had seen the photo lineup last July. This woman did not know defendant.

Rumor beginning concerned a black Volvo. In 10 months the vehicle changed to a TEAL GREEN CAMERO.

They also have a little girl witness.

Church told defendant he would bring all his old girl friends to court to embarrass him.

Defendant had court problem from teen years EXPUNGED.

Told defendant his brother was involved in a lot of criminal acts he did not know about.

Told defendant he could have a contact visit with wife and get a reduced charge if he confessed.

Defendant has told Church repeatedly that he was with wife and her parents - Judy and James Stump (697-8909).

10/9/95 INCIDENT

Father-in-law got to Kim and defendant's house 4:50 - 5:10 p.m. 5821 Monnet Road - individual rental lot - own mobile home.

This was day to install underpinning. Borrowed brother's box truck (like a moving van).

Went to brother's house at 7:00 a.m. to get truck. Left teal green Camero next to house. Did not see Patricia whole day. Walked in front door. Brother told defendant be quiet - did not want to wake her. Got drop cord to run saw. Left in truck with brother. Followed brother in Jeep. Stayed at Lyles a while.

Atlantic Mobile Home Supply - then went back to Lyles - got permission to fill truck at Sprinkle's on his account. Bought gas at noon.

Went home - unloaded truck - took truck back to Ted's house at 1:00 p.m. Did not see Patricia - did not see her vehicle. Left in teal green Camero. Ate lunch at home. Told Ted put keys under cloth of seat and leave receipt on seat.

Did not see Ted's house again until fire was reported.




Published August 15, 2006.  Report broken links or other problems.

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