Helmick eager for new romance after murder, woman says at trial

Miriam Helmick made clear her intention to find a “sugar daddy” in the months following Alan Helmick’s murder, surfing profiles listed in online dating Web sites and expressing a preference for wealthy men who liked horses and ballroom dancing, according to testimony Tuesday.

“He’s everything I dream of,” Aline Lee, who met and spoke with Miriam Helmick repeatedly in the fall of 2008, said of Helmick’s reaction after she met an Orlando-based businessman.

Lee was testifying Tuesday to Helmick’s reaction after she met Charles Kirkpatrick, who last week told jurors in Helmick’s murder trial that he grew wary of the woman he knew as “Sharon” after she asked to move in with him three days after their first date and sexual encounter.

The two had met on seekingarrangements.com, while Kirkpatrick had another profile posted on millionairematch.com.

Alan Helmick, 64, was shot in the head and killed on June 10, 2008, in Whitewater. Prosecutors on Tuesday wrapped up a 12th day of testimony in the murder trial of Miriam Helmick, 52.

A former neighbor of Miriam Helmick’s in 2004, Lee testified Tuesday that Helmick had returned to the Jacksonville area in late 2008. Lee said Helmick appeared “different” than she remembered, with a darker shade of hair. Lee said Helmick told her that Colorado authorities had cleared her of involvement in Alan Helmick’s death.

Helmick at the time was impersonating Alan Helmick’s late first wife, presenting Sharon Helmick’s driver’s license to an employer in Florida, according to testimony.

Lee said she loaned Miriam Helmick some clothes because Helmick claimed Mesa County authorities had “confiscated her things.” Helmick also said she had been locked out of her former home in Whitewater and was unable to retrieve various belongings, Lee testified.

Witnesses have testified the home was found abandoned and unlocked after Miriam Helmick left Colorado for Florida, with remnants of prepared food still sitting on the stove in the kitchen.


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