Helmick Trial : Day 10

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

Fraudulent checks, crisscrossed storylines, and a crime from 1989, all parts of witness testimony Wednesday in the Miriam Helmick murder trial.

Among the witnesses who took the stand, a business partner of Alan Helmick’s, who said Miriam called him in the months before Alan’s death to tell him Alan was sick, but to inquire about how much money Alan was up for, pending the sale of one of his properties.

A CBI Investigator also went over checks, showing handwriting discrepancies and finding probable evidence that thousands of dollars worth of false checks were signed in Alan’s name, by Miriam.

Nearing days end, a horse breeder Miriam was working, Gerri Yarbrough, testified and said she spoke with Miriam in the days following Alan’s murder, and Miriam mentioned the car fire in Delta with an interesting reaction,
"(voice of Prosecutor Tammy Eret: and did she make some comments to you about this car fire that kind of set you back?)
She had said that she found out that a car won't explode if it has a full tank of gas
(Tammy : and when she said that, what was her demeanor?)
She laughed
(Tammy : that catch you off guard?)
Pretty much".

The same witness also said after Alan’s death, Miriam left town and told her she was in an institution so she wouldn't hurt herself, when in fact that wasn’t the case.

A former Delta Police Officer also took the stand to talk about a gun used in a 1989 shooting between Alan’s first wife's mother and step–father.

In opening arguments, the prosecution referenced that gun, and said it's possible it could be the same gun used in Alan’s murder.

That gun has not been seen in a number of years.

The trial will be back in session on Monday.

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