Helmick monitored husband’s voice mail

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—Miriam Helmick on trial for killing her husband.Sent as HELMICK 11-12 1.

Miriam Helmick repeatedly accessed the voice mail of her husband’s cell phone in the months leading up to his killing, according to testimony in Helmick’s murder trial Wednesday.

Although prosecutors sought to illustrate what they allege was a pattern of isolation and control by Miriam Helmick just before the shooting death of Alan Helmick on June 10, 2008, her attorneys said authorities can’t prove why she was prying into her husband’s phone messages.

“You can’t say if there was some purpose related to Alan Helmick’s businesses?” Public Defender Steve Colvin asked Mesa County Sheriff’s investigator Lissah Norcross.

“No,” Norcross replied.

Records show Miriam Helmick had called her husband’s cell phone 217 times from April 1 through June 12, according to testimony. Of those calls, there was conversation just twice.  The rest went straight into Alan Helmick’s voice mail.

Norcross testified that 153 calls were bounced off a cell phone tower just across the street from Miriam and Alan Helmick’s Whitewater home, suggesting both husband and wife were in close proximity.

From April 1 through the day of the murder, Alan Helmick had just one saved message on his phone. On the morning of June 10, Miriam Helmick left four voice mail messages on her husband’s phone, and all of them were played for the jury on Wednesday.

“It’s not like you to call, not to call, me so give me a holler ... ,” Miriam Helmick is heard on one on the messages.

Aside from phone records, prosecutors’ fifth day of testimony centered on the work of sheriff’s investigator Mike Piechota, who seized three computers from the Helmick home and analyzed their contents.

Piechota testified that a Gateway computer, which was used by Miriam Helmick, showed repeated Internet searches on topics including overdosing on Viagra and Ambien, both drugs for which Alan Helmick had prescriptions.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Robert Kurtzman testified last week that Alan Helmick’s autopsy turned up no evidence of poisoning.

Piechota on Tuesday afternoon testified he went to the Helmick home on June 19 for follow-up investigation. There, he found a large pool of dried blood still on the kitchen floor where Alan Helmick had died. The blood was partially covered with beach towels.

Piechota said he found it “odd” the scene hadn’t been cleaned, nine days after the murder.

The investigator also testified that Miriam Helmick asked him no questions about what was happening with her husband’s murder investigation.


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