But Greg Weimer’s blank stare and monotone voice dissolved when his gaze connected with his brother’s.
Greg Weimer told the jury how he allowed his drug-addicted brother to live in his Madison Township home to help him kick his illegal habits. Within a week, Zachary had attempted to cash $250 in fraudulent checks from Greg’s account and became implicated in Robertson’s murder. Robertson lived across the street from Greg Weimer.
Lake County assistant public defender James Mathews took witness Richard Gould to task Thursday, saying Weimer’s former jail house friend’s testimony sounded a lot like a newspaper story published when the two were still incarcerated together.
In jail for burglary himself, Gould struck up a friendship with Zachary Weimer. In his testimony Thursday, Gould said he befriended Weimer by helping him detox from heroin.
“Within five or six days he started to confide in me,” Gould said.
Gould said Weimer was worried about his mother, Danna Weimer, who was also being held at the jail for her part in Robertson’s burglary and death.
“Little by little, he started opening up about things,” Gould said. “He said he and his buddy planned to rob an old lady. When she answered the door, they rushed in and demanded a safe and stabbed her with a screwdriver.”
“It was pretty horrific,” he said.
Other details, such as pouring perfume and nail polish remover on the body and lighting candles all over the scene “to incinerate the body,” were also revealed in these long talks, Gould said.
“They were going to tip over a candle and make it look like a fire, like an accident,” he said.
Mathews said these are all details outlined in a front-page newspaper article available to all inmates and parroted by Gould for a much-reduced jail sentence on felony theft charges.
Lake County assistant prosecutor Mark Bartolotta said asked Gould if he had any reason to lie to the jury.
“It would hurt me to lie right now,” Gould testified. “Perjury is a crime and a violation of my probation. I have 19 years of jail time hanging over my head if I violate probation. I have two small children I want to see grow up.”