The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 13, 2012

A second round of arguments...

After mom convicted, opening arguments begin in son’s murder trial


Star Beacon

PAINESVILLE —  Two more minutes and Scot Roberston would have made the gruesome discovery of his mother’s mutilated body — stabbed more than 90 times — buried under clothing and a mattress.

“I had my hand on the mattress, lifting it up,” he said, “and I started to move the clothes and stuff when the Madison police officers came in and said I had to leave.”

Robertson didn’t know it at the time, but his hand was within inches of his mother’s body on June 13, he testified in Zachary Weimer’s murder trial in Lake County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.

The jury heard opening arguments and testimony as Weimer, 23, faces 17 charges including aggravated murder, burglary and receiving stolen property. He is accused of stabbing 77-year-old Madison Township resident Eleanor Robertson more than 90 times before dousing her body with chemicals and robbing the house of valuables.

In his opening arguments, assistant Lake County public defender James Mathews said the prosecution’s lack of DNA evidence and eyewitnesses in the case are “holes.”