Helmick Trial : Day 14

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A local murder trial is nearing its end, and Thursday, one of the final witnesses, the accused murderer herself, took the stand.

Miriam Helmick is accused of shooting her husband Alan Helmick in the head in their Whitewater home in June of 2008.

In her careful testimony, she cried at times, remembering how Alan had called her his "wild rose”, how the two met, the romance that sparked, and the life they so enjoyed together.

Within weeks of their first date, Miriam moved in. Her testimony made the two seem like the picture of marital bliss, taking trips together, opening a business, and overall happiness.

But she talked about a male co–worker Alan had an argument with and a falling–out the two men had over money. She also answered questions about Alan’s checks made out in her handwriting, saying she did fill them out, when he asked her to.

She said the same went for phone calls, she only answered his phone at his request, and said she didn’t check on if he returned calls or not.
Miriam confirmed her alibis for the day of Alan’s murder, where she went, what she did, and cried when telling the jury of coming home to find him cold and gray, without a pulse.

She said she tried to perform CPR on Alan, but wasn’t sure it was very effective, because she was recovering from a shoulder injury, and couldn't press on his chest very hard.

She also admitted to placing the fake, threatening greeting card under her friend's doorstep, saying she thought police might listen to her friend since she didn't feel they were listening to her. She said she was sorry, and that it was a mistake.

The trial continues Friday and the jury could begin deliberating as early as the afternoon. 11 News is at the courthouse and is your source for coverage of the trial. Check this Web site for updates and tune in nightly at 5:30 and 10 p.m. for each day's recap.

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