The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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November 15, 2012

Brother, inmate testify in murder trial

PAINESVILLE —  The soles of the white, high-top tennis shoes held by Lake County Forensic Investigator David Green were black, highlighting the circular pattern of the tread, the ink pointing the finger of guilt at 23-year-old accused murderer Zachary Weimer.

The size 11 1/2 “Air Force One” shoes may have been designed by Nike, but they — and the shoe prints they left behind — belong to Weimer, Green testified in Lake County Common Pleas court on Thursday.

Weimer faces 17 charges including aggravated murder, burglary and receiving stolen property. He is accused of stabbing 77-year-old Eleanor Robertson 94 times before dousing her body with chemicals and robbing the house of valuables.

“The size, tread, pattern, wear of the sole — they are all consistent with the impressions I made at the crime lab to the four shoe prints we recovered at the murder scene,” Green said.

The shoe prints were found, “almost by accident,” Green said, as investigators carefully processed trace evidence after 77-year-old Madison Township resident Eleanor Robertson was found dead in her home on June 13.

“I was processing (the victim’s) bedding, the dust ruffle cover, for hairs,” Green said, “and I saw what appeared to be dust on the one corner. The dust was shoe prints.”

Green said Robertson’s body, which was hidden under clothing and a mattress, had been burned with sulfuric acid, which caused the carpeting around the body to completely disintegrate.

“The carpet fibers were actually gone,” Green testified.

The four footprints found at Robertson’s Canterbury Drive home and one partial fingerprint found on stolen property at Weimer’s mother’s home point the finger of murder at Zachary, crime scene investigator and trace evidence specialist Ray Jorz testified.

Shoulders squared and eyes down, 25-year-old Greg Weimer began his testimony against his younger brother, his expression emotionless.

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