Murder Re-trial Nears an End

By: Holly Wagner
By: Holly Wagner

The re-trial of convicted killer Kimberly Faust is nearing an end. Both the prosecution and defense rest on Wednesday, this after Faust and two rebuttal witnesses took the stand.

The 37-year-old was convicted of double homicide in 2000. The victims were the girlfriend of her ex-husband, Shannon Bluhm, and a good samaritan, Robert Parminter who tried to save her. Faust's conviction was overturned in 2003.

Wednesday a surprise witness was called to the stand. Belva Anderson of Hastings testified she saw Faust the night Bluhm was killed. She was at Bluhm's hair salon getting her hair done. Anderson left at 8:45 p.m. When she walked out, she saw Faust sitting in a Jeep parked right in front of the door.

Defense Attorney Jeff Pickens says obviously this witness is mistaken. Bluhm's sister was in the courtroom when Anderson testified.

"I think it's a huge piece of evidence," says LaShelle Zimmer.

The defense focused on Bruce Faust, Kimberly's ex-husband. The defense questioned a Nebraska State Patrol Investigator. Their argument pointed out the lack of testing for blood in Faust's truck and home.

Bluhm's mom, Nancy Goecke says, "The fact they tried to blame this on Bruce is ludicrous."

Closing arguments begin Thursday afternoon.


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