KIMBELL TRIAL Other testimony
Carol Porterfield again testified that a statement police attributed to her was incorrect. Judge Dominick Motto ended court early Wednesday and instructed Porterfield to speak to an attorney because she possibly faced perjury charges because of conflicting statements she made while under oath. Police said Porterfield, Thomas Kimbell's neighbor, said he appeared to have just showered shortly after the murders. She now contends his hair was wet and he could have been perspiring.
James Dibler, a retired state police trooper, said that he interviewed Carol Porterfield the day after the murders and that she told him when she saw Kimbell just after 3 p.m. the previous day he had water spots on his upper body, and his hair was wet as if he had just showered.
Warren Black, who dated Thomas Kimbell's sister Susan, testified he called the Kimbell trailer about 4:30 p.m. June 15, 1994, and Thomas Kimbell told him a woman and two or three children had been murdered. Black said he thought Kimbell got his details from the police scanner. Prosecutors contend those details weren't broadcast over the police scanner.
Cousins Edgar Clark, 23, and Matthew Bayuk, 25, testified they were riding bicycles on Marr Road on June 15, 1994, and saw Kimbell walking down the road with a blue book bag at about 6:30 p.m. Bayuk said Kimbell's eyes appeared glassy.
James Lewis, 43, a former auto mechanic at Mike's Car Care on U.S. Route 422, said Kimbell came to the car repair shop sometime that evening for help with a flat tire on a bicycle. Lewis also noticed a dark-colored book bag on the bicycle.
Ronald E. Porterfield said he drove Kimbell to St. Francis Hospital on June 16, 1994, so Kimbell could admit himself into the psychiatric ward. Porterfield said Kimbell told him the police were going to arrest him, and then Kimbell ran and hid in the woods when an officer showed up at their trailer.