Homicide trial for Denver architect opens with debate on how his actual property dealer girlfriend died


What occurred throughout the hours — and even the minutes — earlier than Denver actual property dealer Michelle Jacobson died on Sept. 26 is obvious, documented by movies, texts and voicemails.
Supplied by Denver District Lawyer's OfficeMicah Kimball
She and her fiance loudly argued. She drank closely and he disparaged and recorded her, locking her out of their shared Speer neighborhood house. Their combating woke neighbors and prompted one to name 911 after somebody heard Jacobson crying for assist.
Simply after midnight, Jacobson was killed, shot as soon as via the highest of her head whereas in mattress. And in opening statements delivered Wednesday throughout the homicide trial for Jacobson’s fiance, 44-year-old Micah Kimball, the prosecution and protection laid out two very completely different depictions of how she died.
Prosecutors argued Kimball killed Jacobson as a result of he was enraged that she’d defied his needs all night time, after which re-positioned the gun and her physique to make it appear like a suicide.
Jacobson killed herself, protection attorneys countered, in an act pushed by medication and alcohol on the finish of a contentious, rage-filled night time. Denver police jumped to conclusions once they pinned Jacobson’s demise on Kimball and failed to contemplate proof that pointed to suicide in a rush to make an arrest, they argued.
“The defendant spent that night time attempting to exert management over Ms. Jacobson,” Deputy District Lawyer Bilal Aziz informed the jury. “And when she defied him, he took management again and killed her. Ms. Jacobson died in her mattress. She died at the hours of darkness.”
He pointed to textual content messages, voicemails, telephone data and witness accounts that present the couple cut up up after a disagreement at a celebration round 9 p.m., with Kimball going house and Jacobson staying out. Kimball then referred to as Jacobson 13 occasions over the subsequent couple hours and texted her a number of occasions asking the place she was and when she was coming house.
In a single message round 10:30 p.m., he stated, “Hey child, simply attempting to determine if you’ll be house…and who child is, and the place house is, since you gave up on each.”
In one other, he despatched her a map of her location at a bar and accused her of mendacity about being on her means house, Aziz stated. Later within the night time, after she had returned house, Kimball accused Jacobson of dishonest on him, locked her out of their house and informed her she forgot to pay lease.
Within the final video that reveals Jacobson alive, she is inside their house and Kimball strikes between her and the entrance door. He slams the door shut, however it bounces again open. He pulls it shut once more and locks it, Aziz stated.
“You’ll be able to hear Ms. Jacobson say, ‘Me?’ and the defendant says, ‘Sure you’ and walks towards her. That’s the final picture of Ms. Jacobson when she is alive,” Aziz stated because the described the video.
Minutes later, she is shot in her mattress.
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Protection legal professional Dru Nielsen acknowledged Kimballs’ impolite and offensive feedback, however stated his textual content messages and calls had been pushed by loving concern for Jacobson, who was each very drunk and had amphetamine in her system when she died. Jacobson’s habits on the house that night time — she punched a window and broke the glass in an try and get contained in the locked home, then tried kicking down doorways to get inside — confirmed she was unstable, Nielsen stated.
“Not surprisingly, Michelle was reckless, impulsive and uncontrolled within the minutes earlier than her demise,” she stated.
The bodily proof within the case reveals Jacobson died by suicide with a contact wound to her head, and Kimball was in one other room on the time the shot was fired, Nielsen argued to the jury. Kimball’s clothes didn’t have any blood spatter on it, she stated, and it might have been unattainable for him to shoot her at such shut vary with out the blood hitting him, because it hit a number of different surfaces within the room. Kimball’s DNA was additionally not discovered on the set off of the gun — however Jacobson’s was.
The medical expert dominated the reason for demise to be undetermined, partly as a result of it’s bodily attainable for somebody to shoot themselves within the prime of their head.
A brief video recorded on Kimball’s telephone at 12:09 a.m. on Sept. 27 reveals him going into the bed room after Jacobson died, and reveals her physique, either side agreed. That video reveals Jacobson’s physique in a single place and the gun on the fitting facet of her physique. However when police arrive minutes later, Jacobson’s physique is in a unique place and the gun has been moved to her left facet.
The prosecution pointed to that as proof Kimball posed the scene; his protection staff argued he’d moved the gun with a view to attempt to present first support, and stated Kimball was wailing, “No no no,” within the video.
In a 911 name, Kimball stated that he and Jacobson had been “enjoying with a gun, and it went off.” He additionally stated he was in one other room when the gun fired and that he didn’t know what had occurred.
“You don’t have to grasp why Michelle was appearing this fashion or why Micah and Michelle had been arguing,” Nielsen stated. “The scientific and bodily proof reveals Micah didn’t homicide Michelle.”
The case started earlier than Denver District Decide Jay Grant Wednesday morning with quite a lot of precautions and adjustments due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Solely a restricted variety of individuals had been allowed to attend the trial in particular person, and others listened to an audio-only livestream on-line, which minimize out and in just a few occasions throughout attorneys’ opening statements. Members of the jury sat exterior of the normal jury field, spaced six ft from one another.
The trial is predicted to final a number of days.


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