The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 14, 2012

Jurors see gruesome photos


Star Beacon

PAINESVILLE — The photos of Eleanor Robertson’s body are gruesome.

Robertson lies crumpled on the floor amid clothing and blankets, a candle in the cook of her arm, blood seeping from 94 puncture wounds, her lifeless form barely recognizable because of thermal and chemical burns on her skin.

Some of her hair is missing, and so are her bottom teeth. Fabric of some sort is stuck to her seeping skin.

Jurors leaned forward, some gasping, others breathing deeply, as they viewed the crime scene and autopsy photos in Lake County Common Pleas court on Wednesday afternoon as Cuyahoga County deputy medical examiner Erica Armstrong outlined the details of the body.

Slumped in his seat, accused murderer Zachary Weimer, 23, rested his head on his hand and viewed the photos along with the jury. Several jurors glanced at Weimer occasionally. If their glances were to gage the accused’s reaction, they were disappointed — Weimer didn’t so much as blink.