Helmick Trial: "Longest trial in recent history"

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

"The longest trial in recent history" is how prosecutors are branding the upcoming trial of Miriam Helmick.

51–year–old Miriam Helmick faced a judge Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty.

11 News has been following this case since the beginning.
Prosecutors tell us this is the longest trial they've ever faced. It's expected to last six weeks starting in November.

Until then, attorneys on both sides will be working around the clock to prepare for this monumental case.

51–year–old Miriam Helmick is facing 14 charges including murder, attempted murder, and forgery in the death of her husband Alan Helmick.

62–year–old Alan Helmick was found dead in his Whitewater home a year ago with a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators say Helmick tried to cash several checks from his account in the year leading up to his death.

They say Miriam tried to kill her husband by setting his car on fire in April of last year, just a month before he was found dead in Whitewater.

Prosecutors say this is a huge case and when you are trying to prove these charges beyond a reasonable doubt every detail matters.

The District Attorney's Office says it is not done collecting evidence and says the murder investigation is ongoing.

Prosecutors say new information can come in through the public right up until and even during a trial.

The trial is set for November. Until then, Miriam Helmick remains behind bars in the Mesa County Jail on a $2 million bond.

Tonight on 11 News at 5:30, why prosecutors believe they will not have a problem seating a jury.

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