The verdict is in.
After just a week of courtroom action, and only two and a half hours of deliberation, the jury entered a guilty verdict in the Atchison County murder case of Roger Hollister, charged with the Nov. 2009 murder of Patricia Kimmi, of rural Horton.
Jurors took very little time to side with the prosecution's position that Hollister was responsible for Kimmi's death, despite the fact that both sides invoked suspicion of her ex-husband Eugene Kimmi throughout the trial. In his closing argument, Atchison County Attorney tacitly mentioned Eugene Kimmi's possible involvement in the crime, saying, "his day is coming; it's not today." Notably, Eugene Kimmi has not been charged with any crime in connection with his ex-wife's disappearance.
In testimony given at the attempted murder hearing, a statement indicated that RoHo "wore a wire" presumably in an effort to obtain evidence incriminating a co-conspirator and possibly be rewarded with a lesser charge. It appears he was unsuccessful and as a result the prosecution has no proof of a contract other than RoHo admitting to being hired. This established RoHo's motive for the prosecution but the burden of proof was then on RoHo to prove that a conspiracy was in place. The word of a suspected killer looking to avoid the death penalty is poor evidence at trial. As a result, it appears that the prosecution can use this admitted motive against RoHo but they so far lack any additional evidence against co-conspirators.
We'll see how this unfolds at trial, but it looks like law enforcement provided RoHo with enough rope to hang several people but he ended up only hanging himself.
Exhaling a breath I didn't know I was holding. Wow. Thank you Jury. NEXT!
I believe there was testimony somewhere deep within the extensive Herald blog coverage that no large sums were transferred from EK to RoHo and the only large sum transferred from RoHo to a third party was confirmed to be the purchase of a tractor.
While that Sabetha Herald blog coverage was superior to any other new reporting, it was hard work to read!
I read where he traded the dually off but then he bought it back. Was asking for $10k for the truck per DJ but was there $10k removed from any accounts to cover that? I would not be surprised of these guys having some large amounts of cash stashed away for a rainy day. Hard to track money changing hands when it does not leave an account.
Edit I just went to AmandaReckonwith's photobuckets and seen where the dealership says they undid the deal in the trade. But Didn't ReHo state she seen him in the Silver Truck with the red truck in the ditch?
I know just what you mean pony, I feel like a balloon who's air was released flying all over the room making all kinds of noise. I wasn't expecting such a strong reaction. I'm still new to this faith thing so I wasn't sure this day would ever come.
If there's anything I've learned the past year and a half is Faith goes a long way. It's an important lesson and one I can thank Pat and her kids for teaching me.
I wrote the following back in June:
So, the capital murder conviction must reflect this evidence that was likely introduced at some point during the trial (and that I missed). I think my statement still holds true that the prosecution has no evidence for what I called "co-conspirators" at the time. They need more evidence to support even an arrest warrant for EK. RoHo's conviction does not add to that evidence.