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8305 Stewart Rd. Lucky Lounge Galveston TX 409-744-5333 Mon-Sat 10am-2am • Sun 12pm-2am THE POLICE NEWS VOLUME VII, NUMBER 4 Texas' Largest Police News Publication April 2010 Murder By The Pair 37-Years Later: Where is Unsolved 34-years later Kimberly’s Killer? By James Kelly The bodies of Bill Pond and Arnoldo (Pancho) Ortega were found in January 1976, inside the trunk of a Cadillac abandoned about 16 miles east of Seguin in Guadalupe County. Pond had been shot several times, one a head wound, and Ortega's body also had a bullet wound in his head. The Cadillac was registered to Pond, a factor that aided officers in identifying the bodies. A lengthy investigation ensued, and it was not until February of 1978 that the Guadalupe County Grand Jury indicted Angleton area residents Edward "Curly" Heim and his son, Charles Heim, on murder charges. Each of them retained a well-known Houston attorney, and made bond, after which extensive legal maneuvering began. This finally resulted in a Harris County judge dismissing the Guadalupe County indictment on the grounds of a technical error. Then, in June 1980, a Brazoria County Grand Jury returned a threecount indictment against both of the Heims, for murder, criminal conspiracy to commit murder, and criminal solicitation to commit the murders of Pond and Ortega. Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, the attorney for Charles Heim, and Jack Zimmerman, who represented Edward Heim, sought to have the indictments dismissed. The defendants had been accused of the offense "for an agonizing, long period of time," Haynes said, claiming the Texas Speedy Trial Act had been violated. Judge J. Ray Gayle III denied the motion for dismissal. Zimmerman then urged a motion for severance, so that the two men could be tried separately. Zimmerman argued that Edward Heim "was not involved at all except by some peripheral, strained extension, of the law of parties." Brazoria County District Attorney Jim Mapel responded, saying that evidence would involve Edward in the crime, particularly on the count of conspiracy. Again, the defense's motion was denied. The motion for a change of venue from Brazoria County was granted, however, and after additional legal wrangling, the trial was moved to Bay City. Mapel elected to proceed only in Pond's murder. Jury selection was held in January 1981, with Mapel and Assistant Brazoria County DA Mike Echevarria telling prospective jurors that although the Murder...Cont. on pg 2 Was her murder just one of many? By Barbara Gibson & Debera Phinney The partially nude body of 16 year old high school sophomore Kimberly Rae Pitchford was discovered in a ditch near County Road 65 in Iowa Colony, Brazoria County, Texas on Friday, January 5th. Iowa Colony is 15 miles north of Angleton and 22 miles south of where she was last seen finishing her driver’s ed class at J. Frank Dobie High School. Dobie is located on Beamer Road in Houston in southeast Harris County. It was 1973. For teens, the early Seventies was a time of long hair, bell bottoms, hitchhiking, and partying. January would see Richard M. Nixon be sworn in for a second presidency after a landslide victory, NASA transition from the Apollo lunar missions to Skylab, the Vietnam war appear to have a peace agreement in sight, and Carly Simon top the charts with her number one song, “You’re So Vain.” Kimberly had arrived at school early the previous Wednesday morning, her first day back from winter break, excited to show off the new coat she'd received as a Christmas gift. The black H orizon M arine Construction Piers • Bulkheads • Boat Houses Floating Docks • Demolition Repairs • New Construction 281-307-3207 Free Estimates Individual Pilings Installed & Removed Legendary Sheriff Robert “Bob” Gladney coat set off a striking contrast with her fair complexion, hazel eyes, and long, straight, reddish blonde hair that she parted in the middle, the popular hair style of the time. She was a beautiful young lady but very self conscious of her dental braces. Kim, as she was known to friends and family, having just received her driving learner's permit, was enrolled in the driver's education class at school. Like others 16 year old, she was looking forward to getting her driver's license 37 Years...Cont. on pg 9

The Police News April 2010

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