Posts Tagged ‘ Susan Brockert ’

Fairmont Orchid Girlfriend Killer Pleads Guilty

June 28, 2012
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Fairmont Orchid Girlfriend Killer Pleads Guilty

County of Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi announced  Wednesday that Philip Howard Zimmerman entered guilty pleas to the charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Kidnapping, and Criminal Property Damage in the Second Degree before the Honorable Judge R. Ibarra of the Third Circuit Court.   Zimmerman was arrested and charged for those offenses after killing his then-girlfriend Susan Brockert on May 23, 2011 at the Fairmont Orchid.  Ms. Brockert, visiting from Washington on a company trip, was locked in her room where the Defendant murdered her.  Hotel personnel attempted to intervene after hearing…

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Zimmerman Ruled Mentally Fit; Trial Set for August

February 18, 2012
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Third Circuit Court Judge Ronald Ibarra has scheduled the murder trial of Philip Howard Zimmerman for August 7 at 9 a.m.   Zimmerman, 46,  is accused of beating his girlfriend to death on May 23, when he and Susan Brockert, 44, were staying at the Fairmont Orchid.   Zimmerman was determined by a psychologist and two psychiatrists to be mentally fit to stand trial.  He and Brockert are from Bellevue, Washington.   The charges against Zimmerman include second-degree murder, kidnapping and second-degree criminal property damage   Zimmerman pleaded not guilty and is being held at Oahu…

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Accused Murderer to Stand Trial, Held with No Bail

June 8, 2011
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Philip Howard Zimmerman, 46,  has now been formally charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Susan Brockert, 44, at the Fairmont Orchid last month.   Zimmerman appeared Tuesday before District Court Judge Mel Fujino.  Fujino heard testimony from six witnesses and ruled the state had established probable cause to proceed with three of four charges.  Zimmerman faces one count each of second-degree murder, kidnapping, and second-degree criminal property damage.  Fujino ruled the state had not established probable cause for first -degree terroristic threatening. Fujino also granted the state’s request to hold Zimmerman without bail,…

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Zimmerman Appears in Waimea Courtroom Tuesday

May 31, 2011
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Karin Stanton, Editor of hawaii247.com and Hawaii Island reporter for Associated Press, reports the preliminary hearing for Howard Phllip Zimmerman, accused of killing his girlfriend at the Fairmont Orchid last week, has been delayed until at least next week.  Zimmerman appeared Tuesday in District Judge Mel Fujino’s courtroom in Waimea.  Fujino increased Zimmerman’s bail from $350,000 to $2 million.    Zimmerman requested use of a public defender; Fujino will consider that request at a hearing currently set for June 7.  Zimmerman remains in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center. Zimmerman 46, is accused of killing his…

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Autopsy Completed on Murder Victim

May 27, 2011
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An autopsy conducted Friday morning (May 27) on the body of Susan Brockert of Bellevue, Washington, determined that she died from multiple blunt force and sharp force trauma to the head and neck.   Brockert’s companion, Philip Howard Zimmerman is in police custody facing multiple charges, including murder.   Hotel employees witnessed Zimmerman beating Brockert with a granite object in her hotel room at the Fairmot Orchid Monday night, May 23.  Brocker’s first court appearance was Thursday.  He’s being held in lieu of $320,000 bail, with another court appearance scheduled for next week.

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Accused Murderer’s First Court Appearance Thursday

May 27, 2011
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Philip Howard Zimmerman made an initial court appearance in Kona Thursday. The 46 year-old from Bellevue, Wash., is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Susan Brockert, 44, also of Bellevue. Court documents released by the Hawaii County prosecutor’s office paint a picture of a relationship marked by violence and threats. A hearing is scheduled next Tuesday in Waimea District Court on whether Zimmerman should be held without bail. His current bail is $320,000. The couple was sharing a room at the Fairmont Orchid Resort on the Kohala Coast.   Monday night around…

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Washington Murder Suspect Had History of Violence

May 26, 2011
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Washington Murder Suspect Had History of Violence

Police have charged Phillip Howard Zimmerman, also known as Howard Phillip Zimmerman, 46,  with several counts in connection with the death of Susan Brockert, 44.  Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree criminal property damage.    He is in custody at Kona Cell Block with his bail set at $320,000.  His initial court appearance is set for today, Thursday. Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.   Zimmerman and Brockert were registered together at the Fairmont Orchid.  They arrived Sunday.  Monday night, resort guests reported hearing a…

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