Scott Baldwin was the fiancé who called a neighbor to ask about Pamela Zimmerman, 53 as he stated he was unable to get a hold of her by phone. The neighbor, Julie Koh went to Pam’s office at 2103 E. Washington St. in Bloomington where she was found murdered. The lights in the office were off, the blinds were closed and Pam was lying on the floor behind the receptionist desk. She was a certified public accountant and financial planner.
Pam was shot four times including the torso, arm and head. Reports show the killer may have spent time at the crime scene after the murder, picking up the shell casings and missing one later found by police. Police determined the pistol used was a 9mm but never recovered it. Prosecutors were unable to prove Kirk ever had a gun or purchased one. There were no signs of forced entry. Her wallet and phone with other items belonging to Pam were recovered several blocks away, possibly thrown from a vehicle.
July 22, 2015 her ex-husband Kirk Zimmerman was arrested and charged with Pam’s murder. Prosecutor’s believed the motive was financial. The Zimmerman’s divorced in 2012. Kirk pleaded not guilty and did not agree to any plea deals. Kirk faced 45 years in prison if found guilty.
The trial began April 8, 2019 and on May 6, 2019 Kirk Zimmerman was found “not guilty” on all charges. It took seven hours within a two day period for the jury to conclude his innocence.
WGLT reported the defense statements claiming that “police had tunnel vision for Zimmerman and never fully investigated alternate suspects, including Pamela’s then-fiancé and the last client she saw the day she died. The gun that killed Pamela has never been found.”
The Herald & Review reported on the last client Pam had the day she was murdered, and her fiancé’s statements in the courtroom. “Eldon Whitlow, who was the victim’s final client at her financial services business, and her fiancé Scott Baldwin testified at the murder trial of Kirk Zimmerman, the victim’s ex-husband. Whitlow told the jury he left Zimmerman’s office around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2014, after an hourlong meeting. He met with Bloomington police, who later seized his 9 mm handgun, the same type of weapon used in the shooting. An examination of the gun showed it was not used to fire the rounds that killed Zimmerman.
Pam’s fiancé called the neighbor when he couldn’t get a hold of her. That alone is a strange tactic when someone doesn’t answer your phone call. He said “he became increasingly concerned Nov. 3 when his fiancée did not respond to several text messages. "It was out of character for us not to talk or to text," Baldwin told the jury. The next morning, Baldwin called Pam Zimmerman's neighbor and close friend”. He “initially denied having a sexual relationship with another woman during the three months he was dating Zimmerman. He and Pam Zimmerman became engaged two days before she was killed.
During his cross-examination by defense lawyer John Rogers, Baldwin acknowledged that text messages he exchanged with the second woman contained descriptions of sexual contact. Rogers also elicited admissions from Baldwin about several other women he had met through an online dating service.
In his questioning of Whitlow and Baldwin, Rogers pointed out that both men were alone for periods of time during the early evening hours of Nov. 3 when authorities estimate Pam Zimmerman was killed.”
The case now remains unsolved. At least one killer is on the loose. It is unknown if law enforcement continue their investigation in Pam’s death.
OBITUARY The Pantagraph published Pam’s obituary Pamela S. Zimmerman, 53, of Bloomington, passed away at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 4, 2014) in Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Merna, 1001 N. Towanda Barnes Road, Bloomington, with Monsignor Greg Ketcham officiating. Her graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Isidore Cemetery, rural Bethany. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Discovery Museum, American Cancer Society or the Zimmerman children’s trust fund to be established. Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements. Pam was born on Feb. 18, 1961, in Decatur, the daughter of James W. Smith and Barbara J. Bresnan Alexander. She is survived by a son, David Zimmerman, and twin girls, Rachel and Heidi Zimmerman, all at home; four siblings, Diane (Bruce) Gifford, Jim (Michelle) Smith and Eileen Milligan, all of Decatur; and Larry Alexander, Bolingbrook; three aunts, Alice (Larry) Sartori and Grace Bresnan, both of St. Louis; and Virginia Grant, Gainesville, Fla.; her fiancé, Scott Baldwin, Roselle; and many nieces and nephews. Pam was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Fran. Pam graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School in 1979, where she was valedictorian and senior class president. She attended Eastern Illinois University, graduating with a double major in accounting and business management. Pamela was a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner, owning and operating Pamela S. Zimmerman, CPA, CFP. Pam was an example for what we all want to see more of in this world today. Above all else, Pam was a kind, caring and devoted mother who would tell anyone who asked that the greatest treasures in her life were her three children. Pam dedicated her life to giving to others and living life with self-discipline, responsibility, moral clarity, courage, steadfast determination and virtue. She was truly a special person, beloved and respected by all and a spiritual woman involved in many church and volunteer activities. Her efforts each day brought us wisdom, happiness and made the world a better place. She will never be forgotten and will always be an inspiration to show us how to live our lives. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Ina Hess, the Koh family and friends and neighbors for all of their love and support. Condolences may be left at www.carmodyflynn.com.