Jury preparing to head into deliberations in Helmick case

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The prosecution and defense have rested in the murder case against Miriam Helmick and the judge is giving jurors their final instructions before deliberations begin.

The prosecution went first Monday, then the defense presented closing arguments. The Prosecution was given a chance for rebuttal before the judge started giving the jury instructions.

The defense responded to the prosecution's closing arguments made earlier Monday. The defense says the problem with the prosecution's case is that they assumed Miriam was guilty from the very beginning. The defense claims there was evidence they overlooked that showed she was innocent or that there was a possibility someone else murdered her husband, Alan.

The defense says the prosecution twisted innocent actions by Miriam, making them seem to be the actions of a murderer. The defense says there is evidence Miriam did make some mistakes, but that there's no evidence she is a murderer.

Defense Attorney Steve Colvin says Miriam couldn't have killed Alan for money because they had a pre-nuptial agreement and even if they didn't have one, Alan was too financially strapped to leave her anything.

The courtroom is packed as the high-profile case wraps up. First thing Monday morning jurors received their final instructions then closing arguments from the prosecution were presented. Closing arguments from the defense came after a lunch recess.

In the prosecution's closing arguments they said Miriam Helmick sucked her husband Alan dry of money prior to killing him. They said Miriam came to Grand Junction and was living in a cheap hotel but then moved in with Alan within a month of meeting him. The prosecution says Alan bought horses and a dance studio to appease Miriam because he was head-over-heels in love with her. Both businesses failed so badly that Alan had to sell his successful title company and then defaulted on two loans.

The prosecution also took jurors back to the day Alan died and the 911 call Miriam made when she found his body. The prosecution says the dispatcher gave her CPR instructions and that Miriam told the dispatcher she was following those instructions. The prosecution says if she had been doing as she was told and said she was, she would have been covered in blood. When police arrived there was no blood on Miriam at all.

The prosecution also discussed how Miriam said Alan's murder was part of a burglary, but said it's odd she wasn't worried about someone else being in the house when she came upon Alan's body. The prosecution says Miriam wasn't worried about the murderer still being inside the house because she is the murderer.

11 News is at the courthouse and will update this Web site with breaking news and provide you a recap nightly at 5:30 and 10 p.m. until the trial is over.


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