Helmick Trial : Day 15

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Accused of killing her own husband, Miriam Helmick again took the stand to defend herself.

Painted by her defense as a confused victim, the prosecution took aim at her strange behaviors in the weeks following the murder, saying her actions made her look more suspicious.

Prosecutor Rich Tuttle fired questions at a seemingly frustrated Helmick, not only asking, but questioning her alibis, why she made so many stops that day, arguing the logic of her plans, “because you can’t get a big bag of carrots at Wal-Mart, so you’re gonna drive all the way across town when gas is four dollars a gallon?”.

The prosecution questioned: the day of the murder, despite the fact that Alan had blood on him, even after doing CPR, Miriam appeared clean, as Tuttle showed very little patience handling the weeping widow.

In reference to the “white truck”, Miriam said she felt like someone was after her, even suspected someone was entering her home, but didn't hand it entirely over to police.

Instead, she says she put tape on her doors, and slept on the couch, where she would be able to hear an intruder ripping the tape get in.

Tuttle eventually asked Miriam about the fake greeting card she admitted to planting only after she was arrested, “twelve days after the murder you're leading them astray?,” to which Miriam answered she was “distraught”.

Tuttle said it was a distraction for law enforcement, and a waste of their time finding the real killer she argued was still out there.

Helmick said she didn't mean to lead law enforcement astray, as Tuttle charged she didn’t, “in fact that greeting card led them to the real killer, didn't it Ms. Helmick?"

The trial continues on Monday, when closing arguments are expected to begin.


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