Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Brothers Arrested in Connection With Murder ... From 1989

LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

Like a real-life episode of “True Detective,” investigators have just now arrested two brothers in connection with a murder from 1989.

David Zimmer, the husband of the victim of strangulation who was found dead in her car at the San Jose airport nearly 25 years ago, and his brother, Robert Zimmer, were arrested last week in connection with the murder, NBC reports. David Zimmer, 66, of Half Moon Bay, will likely be arraigned next week, and Robert Zimmer, 69, of Santa Clara, was arraigned and is being held without bail.

The cold case was solved after investigators released new evidence last month: a large quilt that covered Cathy Zimmer’s dead body when she was found March 10, 1989. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s crime lab had previously analyzed a DNA swab from a piece of Cathy Zimmer’s clothing in 2012 and found Robert Zimmer to be a possible match.

The district attorney’s office said it couldn’t comment on how or if the quilt played into the arrests.

Support for LAist comes from

The investigation showed David and Cathy Zimmer were going through a separation at the time of her death, and that David profited from his wife’s death. He sold the couple’s home for more than $225,000 and got $183,000 from his wife’s life insurance policies.

Cathy Zimmer was 38 when she died. She was the mother of two children who were teenagers at the time of her death.