Accused Ax Murderer Trial Begins Today-- POSTED: 4:53 am EST January 22, 2007
Ax killer Simpson
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A grieving family in 1999 with just one question: why? More than seven years later, that question still unanswered.
The families of murder victims Archie Crook, Sr., and his pregnant girlfriend Kimberli Kimbler are waiting for justice. A wait they hope will soon be over.
The trial for the accused killer begins today with jury selection. Jason Simpson is accused of killing the couple with an ax.
It was Crook’s father who discovered the bodies in 1999.
“I went over to get him to go to work and I found him dead,” he said.
After all these years, it’s a case so gruesome, it’s hard for many to forget. Still, many more people wonder why it’s taken so long to go to trial.
One factor is that Simpson wasn't charged until December 2002, when he was indicted by a grand jury. But Simpson’s attorney says there are many reasons this is moving at a snail's pace.
“There are DNA issues, there are witness issues, state witnesses, federal witnesses,” said Simpson’s defense attorney Refik Eler.
Coordinating all of that for a death penalty trial takes a lot of time. Through those, the victims’ families have stayed on top of the case. They’ve been going to court for every hearing, waiting for the day when they can get some closure.
Prosecution Lays Out Case In Double Ax Slaying-- POSTED: 3:06 pm EST January 23, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A jury was seated Tuesday and opening statements began in the trial of Jason Simpson, accused of beating two people to death with an ax more than seven years ago.
Archie Crook Sr. and his pregnant girlfriend, Kimberly Kimbler, were killed in 1999.
"Asleep, unarmed, vulnerable," prosecutor Melissa Nelson said, describing the victims to the jury. "Archie Crook and Kim Kimbler were quite literally chopped to death with an ax."
It wasn't until December 2002 that Simpson was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder.
Police said Simpson knew Crook, and that both were involved with illegal drugs.
Simpon's defense will try to convince the jury that another killed Crook because he was cooperating with police in a case against another drug dealer.
"'That baby will not see the light of day.' That's what Archie Crook Jr. boldly and brashly proclaimed on more than one occasion in front of family," Simpson's defense attorney, Refik Eler, said in his opening statement.
The prosecution said that DNA evidence from the crime scene was found on an article of Simpson's clothes, but the defense claims that clothing was stolen from Simpson before the homicides occurred.
The state has said they will seek the death penalty if Simpson is convicted.
Jury Finds Simpson Guilty Of Double Ax-Slaying-- January 29, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jurors took only two hours Monday afternoon to convict Jason Simpson of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of a man and a woman more than seven years ago.
Simpson, 33, was accused of killing Archie Crook Sr. and Kimberli Kimbler with an ax in their Westside home in July 1999. Kimbler was eight months pregnant when she was killed.
The deliberations followed four days of testimony last week that included statements from two convicted criminals who said they had heard Simpson admit to the killings.
The defendant, along with Crook and many people called to testify during the trial, were involved in the sale of illegal drugs. Prosecutors told the jury that Simpson had become an informant for Jacksonville police, and the prosecution said he killed Crook to keep that secret from getting out.
The defense called the defendant to the stand, along with relatives of Crook who claimed to hear his son, Archie Crook Jr., threaten to kill them both over having a baby.
Double Murderer Sentenced To Death-- February 6, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County jurors needed only about an hour on Monday afternoon to decide that a man convicted of killing a man and woman with an ax in 1999 should be executed for the crimes.
Jason Simpson, 33, was convicted last month of the murders of Archie Crook Sr. and his girlfriend, Kimberli Kimbler, in their Westside home. Kimbler was eight months pregnant when she was killed.
Simpson, along with Crook and many of those called to testify during the trial, were involved in the sale of illegal drugs. Prosecutors told the jury that Simpson had become an informant for Jacksonville police, and the prosecution said he killed Crook to keep that secret from getting out.
During the one-week trial, the jury heard testimony from two convicted criminals who said they had heard Simpson admit to the killings.
The jury recommendation ended the penalty phase of the trial. A formal sentencing date has not been scheduled.
Ax Murder Gets the Death Penalty-- Last Update: Mar 29, 2007 10:18 PM
Killer was formally sentenced today.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man, who was convicted of murdering a couple and their unborn child with an ax, received the death penalty Thursday. Jason Simpson stood emotionless in front of the judge as he was being sentenced.
“You have forfeited your right to live among us,” Judge Charles Arnold said. “Under Florida Law, you have forfeited your right to live at all.”
That moment had been a long time coming for the families of Kimberli Kimbler and her boyfriend, Archie Cook, Sr.
Simpson murdered the couple and their unborn child in 1999 with an ax, and at the time of those killings, he was on felony probation.
So far, Simpson’s defense attorneys have not made any comments about an appeal.
Corrections Offender Network Inmate Population Information Detail
(This information was current as of 5/14/2007)
DC Number: 301898 Name: SIMPSON, JASON A Race: WHITE Sex: MALE Hair Color: BROWN Eye Color: BROWN Height: 5'11'' Weight: 202 lbs. Birth Date: 05/25/1973 Initial Receipt Date: 03/30/2007 Current Facility: FLORIDA STATE PRISON www.dc.state.fl.us/facilities/region2/205.html Current Classification Status: DEATH ROW Current Custody: MAXIMUM Current Release Date: DEATH SENTENCE
Aliases: JASON A SIMPSON, JASON ANDREW SIMPSON, JASON ANDREWS SIMPSON
Scars, Marks, and Tattoos: Type Location Description TATTOO LEFT ARM DRAGON KNIGHTS TATTOO LEFT ARM U/ARM INCOMPLETE TT OF WARLORD TATTOO OTHER CHEST IS A ROSE TATTOO RIGHT ARM DOUBLE LIGHTINING BOLTS (SS) TATTOO RIGHT ARM RIGHT UPPER ARM TIGER
Current Prison Sentence History: Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length 07/15/1999 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 03/29/2007 DUVAL 0211026 DEATH SENTENCE 07/15/1999 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 03/29/2007 DUVAL 0211026 DEATH SENTENCE
Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency) Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA CO. P&P NTFY/P&P 11/08/1996 11/17/1999 COLUMBIA CO. P&P 030 NTFY/P&P 10/03/2000
Incarceration History: Date In-Custody ~ Date Out-of-Custody 03/07/1994 - 11/08/1996 12/02/1999 - 10/03/2000 03/30/2007 - Currently Incarcerated
Prior Prison History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of incarceration with the Florida Dept.of Corrections since January of 1983) Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length 11/04/1993 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300738 3Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300709 3Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 11/17/1999 COLUMBIA 9300709 5Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 11/17/1999 COLUMBIA 9300738 5Y 0M 0D
Prior Community Supervision History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of community supervision with the Florida Dept.of Corrections since January of 1983) Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Community Supervision Length 11/04/1993 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300738 5Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300709 5Y 0M 0D 02/18/1992 GRAND THEFT,$300 LESS &20,000 04/23/1992 DUVAL 9202216 1Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 LARCENY-OTHER 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300709 5Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 LARCENY-OTHER 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300709 5Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 LARCENY-OTHER 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300738 5Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 LARCENY-OTHER 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300738 5Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 LARCENY-OTHER 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300738 5Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 LARCENY-OTHER 02/28/1994 COLUMBIA 9300738 5Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 11/17/1999 COLUMBIA 9300709 10Y 0M 0D 11/04/1993 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 11/17/1999 COLUMBIA 9300738 10Y 0M 0D
Simpson was sentenced to: 2 Consecutive Death Sentences
alanthony5: and who the hell is Joanne talking about, why would someone get a stay cause their Lawyer never filed on time, its predominately the other way around; idiots. that's why I don't come on here, trying to reason with idiots. and common house wife's.
Nov 1, 2014 15:04:09 GMT -5
alanthony5: I just drop by for a laugh now, cause is burns you up side, knowing in your perspective I won all my cases. Henderson, and Hood are not looking at the needle, yet you losers thought they would be executed years ago.
Nov 1, 2014 15:12:14 GMT -5
alanthony5: I sleep well at night knowing a threat to society is executed, lol.
Nov 1, 2014 15:13:20 GMT -5
alanthony5: and on a final note, let me be the first to cast the first stone; losers. your all losers, and I'm going to sleep now. night.
Nov 1, 2014 15:26:14 GMT -5
Jane L: Mark should have been put down, he has had 15 years more than his victims to live at a cost of 6 million to the taxpayer. Now he gets another free year of friends, healthcare, three meals a day, TV, and LIFE.Our system of law is so wrong. Kill him!
Nov 9, 2014 12:34:41 GMT -5
max: I can't wait till these tests come back I have a feeling no new information or dna anyone?
Nov 17, 2014 23:44:18 GMT -5
kezzy: I am wondering why they are not looking at Darli s husband he admitted that night they fought Darli was not happy with him and the kids made things more difficult. the crime scene didn't match Darli s version of what happened,
Nov 20, 2014 16:25:06 GMT -5
kezzy: Darin seemed to be obsessed with Darlis body and looks, saying neighbours were jeleous of them. He even described he boob size on the Leeza show
Nov 20, 2014 16:26:54 GMT -5
kezzy: The baby Drake was not comfortable with Darin holding him Darin called him his little buddy but the child didn't respond well with Darin
Nov 20, 2014 16:27:56 GMT -5
kezzy: Darin told the media he was angry because the media kept bothering him to give interviews to try and clear Darli he was annoyed at that. he said his life would be easier if Darli did it go he could move on and remarry
Nov 20, 2014 16:29:19 GMT -5
kezzy: when you see the two of them together you cant help but wondering what she was doing with a man like Darin. He filed for divorce, for the first time it looks like she may get another chance and he files for divorce
Nov 20, 2014 16:30:50 GMT -5
kezzy: at one Darli said she knew who killed her boys, I believe she knew who it was and she couldn't speak out because his family was a big part of her support system
Nov 20, 2014 16:32:20 GMT -5
kezzy: she failed the lie detector test because she knows who killed her boys and tried to kill her that was the deception
Nov 20, 2014 16:33:12 GMT -5
kezzy: Darin also failed now that does not make sense at all a full investigation should have been done on him did he have any wounds and did check to see if Darli may have been drugged at that is why she didn't know what was going on right away
Nov 20, 2014 16:34:50 GMT -5
kezzy: Darin has made himself a constant in the media, even when he described how and where he found his kids, he showed no amotion and just trampled over the crime scene where the body was and gave details of how the boys died
Nov 20, 2014 16:36:09 GMT -5
kezzy: For what ever reason the prosecutor did not seem to like or believe Darli I can relate to that because I never believed or trusted anything Darin said about the whole matter. He has just come across as a creepy man obsessed with sex and looks.
Nov 20, 2014 16:38:29 GMT -5
kezzy: Darin never showed any sympathy to what Darli has gone through he onlu talked about how he suffered
Nov 20, 2014 16:39:26 GMT -5
kezzy: Leeza commented on her show that nothing was missing from the crime scene Darin took that opportunity to jump in and say he lost his kids, you could see Leeza was not impressed phony behavior he goes on further to say how important family was
Nov 20, 2014 16:41:52 GMT -5
kezzy: I have no idea if its to late for them to properly investigate Darin but they should try and do an investigation on him with what evidence they still have.
Nov 20, 2014 16:43:00 GMT -5
kezzy: The investigator took the fifth, only half the photos of Darlis injuries were shown, there is no way she did all that injury to herself.
Nov 20, 2014 16:44:22 GMT -5