MEMO TO FILE
On this date
David Lloyd and Jack Hatfield visited Ronnie Kimble at the Guilford
County Jail. The meeting began at 8:10 a.m. and ended at 10:15 a.m.
Ronnie appeared well rested and indicated that he was ready to have
a serious conversation about the status of the case and he
understood that he may not see either of us for any significant
period of time before the trial. We also advised him that we would
be so busy once the trial began on individual matters that he may
not be able to have any lengthy conversations with us.
It was also
pointed out to Ronnie that he has a serious problem with the issue
of stalking women that had broken up with him and the State appears
ready to show this pattern and further that Ronnie even stalked Joy
Hedgecock Dyer after she broke up with him. Ronnie says that he
really and truly does not remember owning a rifle at that time and
doesn't believe he brandished one in the vicinity of the Mayflower
that he does not know why his mother would have told Mrs. Grimes
that he had a drinking problem because he has never had a drinking
problem. On the other hand, he admits to binge drinking in high
school and this would seem more to the point but it appears that
Ronnie simply doesn't agree with the term for the sporadic drinking
when he was a high school student. Ronnie says he has no drinking
problem. Ronnie also says he doesn't think there is anything wrong
with wearing a hunting knife on his belt.
pointed out to Ronnie that he has a real problem with the issue of
ending up on death row if a jury finds him guilty and that the long
and protracted appeal process is very complicated. Ronnie indicated
he understood this. Ronnie also understood that life without parole
means many years in close confinement and the situation will not be
pleasant. He understands this.
plea bargain Panosh offered David Lloyd was again explained to
Ronnie. It was made clear that he could avail himself of a sentence
in the vicinity of 12 years if he would admit his involvement and
testify against Ted. Ronnie stated that why should he plead guilty
to something he did not do.
After a general discussion about the plea bargain, Jack told Ronnie he wanted to have a serious conversation based on Kim's visit with him on Wednesday. At the beginning of the meeting it was explained to Ronnie that Kim was hiring a lawyer to handle her divorce and that our position as his lawyer would be to agree
and allow a judgment to be entered as soon as possible. I also explained to Ronnie the probability that the break down of the marriage took place during the period between September, 1996, when Kim miscarried, and January, 1997 when Kim and Ronnie visited the Whidden family in Lynchburg. A series of telephone calls from an old girl friend probably ruined Ronnie's marriage.
Ronnie clearly understands all the facts. He has considered the plea bargain and categorically rejects the idea that he or his family are involved and that he played a minor role.
Published August 15, 2006. Report broken links or other problems.
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