Helmick calm during adversity, tapes show

A Whitewater woman on trial in the killing of her husband cried little and spoke softly during separate interviews with police after an attempt to blow up their car in Delta and two months later after her husband’s murder.

Miriam Helmick, 52, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her second husband, Alan. She also is charged with attempted murder and 11 counts of forgery.

Testimony on Monday largely centered on Helmick’s interviews with investigators after an attempt to burn their car April 30, 2008, in Delta, and after her husband was slain in their home June 10, 2008.

Helmick, in an interview with Delta police officers after the April 30 incident, told police she didn’t know who would have attempted to set their car ablaze.

“We were talking about it. We actually thought it might be random,” Helmick said during a recorded interview with Delta police. Audio of the interview was played for jurors Monday.

In response to questioning about the couple’s relationship, Helmick sang her husband’s praises.

“He’s a jewel. He’s wonderful. In fact, he goes above and beyond anything for me,” Helmick is recorded as saying.

Alan Helmick and his wife had parked at 721 Main St., where he signed a deal selling his interest in a title company. Miriam Helmick was the last person seen at the rear of the car — near its gas tank — prior to the fire, according to an arrest affidavit.

Helmick said in the interview she thought it was odd that she didn’t smell or see anything out of the ordinary during the incident, when a wick with lighter fluid was shoved into the couple’s gas tank.

On the afternoon of June 10, Helmick, during a 2 1/2-hour interview at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, recounted for investigator Beverly Jarrell the events of the day her husband died.

More than half of the videotaped interview of Helmick was played for jurors Monday until the 5 p.m. recess.

Helmick, who was calm while sniffling into a tissue, told Jarrell she had come home around noon to find her husband on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.

Jarrell questioned Helmick about their finances and whether anyone had ill will toward her husband. Helmick said she could not think of anyone who disliked Alan and said that he had investments, but indicated they were mostly tied up in a potential subdivision.

“We did a prenup,” Helmick said. “Everything his is his. Everything mine is mine. He has more than I do.”


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