Zir Weems Murder Case Goes To the Jury

Mar 17, 2016 9:56 PM by News Staff

The murder case of a Chico man accused of killing his wife two years ago is now in the hands of a Butte County jury.

The jury began deliberations late Thursday after the prosecution and defense presented their final arguments. Defendant Zir Weems, 29, is accused of killing his wife, Angelica Weems, a 23-year-old mother of four, on Sept. 13th, 2014.

Butte County Deputy District Attorney Stacy Edwards told the jury today that Angelica Weems did not get the husband she deserved. "She got a husband that ruled with an iron fist," Edwards said.

After years of physical and emotional abuse, Edwards said Angelica Weems had finally decided to leave her husband. But Weems, Edwards said , could never accept that. "She's dead because she dared," Edwards said. "She dared to dream (of something more.)" Weems attorney, Eric Ortner, argued that the people's case was just too full of holes with vague accounts from witnesses about the state of Weem's mind on the day his wife disappeared.

At one point, Edwards described the actual time it took for Weems to strangle his wife, at least a minute. In front of the jury, she started her smart phone stop watch and let it run for 60 seconds while the courtroom went silent. The silence was barely broken about 30 seconds into Edwards demonstration with sobbing from Angelica's relatives.


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