Arrest Affidavit Spells Out Case Against Miriam Helmick, Click Here to Read

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

New details in the arrest of Whitewater widow Miriam Helmick--
prosecutors have unsealed her arrest affidavit.

The court documents reveal more about charges that she murdered her husband.

The affidavit is almost 50 pages long and prosecutors say that's an indicator of how complicated this case is.

In the arrest affidavit, there are several interview with Miriam Helmick, Alan Helmick's children, the Helmicks' tax attorney and several other people that knew the couple.

There are also details about phone and financial records along with records from their home computer.

Prosecutors say it's all those pieces that fit together to form a picture of murder.

"I'm missing my right arm. I feel like I'm missing my life. I don't know what to do," MIriam Helmick told 11 News in a tearful interview just a week after her husband's death.

She described him as a loving husband and said she had no idea who would kill him.

"He grew on me. I loved him to death."

But newly released court documents tell a much different story.

Investigators say Helmick tried to set her car on fire while her husband alan was still in it in April and when that didn't work, they say she shot him and tried to make it look like a suicide or homicide just a month later.

In the arrest affidavit, Helmick told investigators she was shopping all morning the day of the murder. That story checks out according to investigators.

They say receipts and survelliance video show she was shopping from 8:49am to 11:14pm.

However, the coroner's report shows the time of death was anywhere between 6am and 12:15pm and investigators never found evidence of a robbery or intruders in the home.

Just weeks after the murder, Miriam Helmick called police to report a card on her doorstep that said, "Alan was first. You're next-- run run run."

Investigators tracked the card purchase and found video of Helmick buying the card. They say that and a CBI handwriting analysis shows Helmick wrote the note herself.

Those are just a few details of the case building against Helmick and District Attorney Pete Hautzinger says it's a big one.

"It's very complicated case and it's been a long investigation and it will probably be a long prosecution."

Another thing complicating the case, financial records. In addition to murder and attempted murder, Helmick is charged with forgery for cashing checks on Alan Helmick's account something prosecutors will bring up in court to support the murder charges.

"A case like this where there is not a proverbial smoking gun, I think that there are a lot of pieces of the puzzle to put together," said Hautzinger.

Investigators still have not found the murder weapon and the investigation remains open.

The public defender representing Miriam Helmick says he is looking at the evidence prosecutors have filed but would not comment further on the case.

Miriam Helmick remains behind bars on a $2 million bond.

She is scheduled to be back in court January 29th for a review hearing.


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