Brothers Arrested in 25-Year-Old California Murder Case


Image: Quilt found on the body of Cathy Zimmer
This quilt was found on the body of Cathy Zimmer, who was strangled 25 years ago, authorities said. AP

Authorities have arrested two brothers in connection to a woman found strangled to death in her car parked at the San Jose airport nearly 25 years ago.

David Zimmer, the victim's husband, was arrested Friday by investigators. His brother, Robert Zimmer, was also arrested last week. The brothers each face a murder charge in the death of Cathy Zimmer.\

Original report at NBC Bay Area

Last month, investigators released new evidence in hopes of solving the San Jose State student's death. The evidence was a large, colorful quilt that was covering Cathy's body when she was found on March 10, 1989.

The quilt catapulted the cold case back into headlines.

David, 66, of Half Moon Bay, is expected to be arraigned next week, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Robert, 69, of Santa Clara, has been arraigned and is being held without bail. His next court date is April 18.

Image: Cathy Zimmer
This undated photo provided by the Santa Clara County District Attorney shows Cathy Zimmer, who was strangled 25 years ago. AP file

“When I reinstated the Cold Case Unit to assist county law enforcement with the investigation of unsolved homicides and sexual assaults, it was these kinds of arrests that I had in mind,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a press release. “We do not forget victims, nor do we ever give up on justice.”

The investigation revealed David and Cathy were going through a separation when she was killed, officials said. Evidence then led investigators to her husband and his brother.

Officials said David profitted from his wife's death. He sold their home for more than $225,000 and collected proceeds from two life insurance policies totaling $183,000.

Cathy was a 38-year-old mother of two teens. She was working part-time at a real estate office and taking classes at San Jose State, where she was last seen a day before her body was found.

Debi Lawrence, who was 14 when her mother died, in a previous interview with NBC Bay Area said she had a thousand questions since the day she got the news of her mother's death.

“Everyday. Everyday I think about it,” Lawrence said. “The loss. Not having her everyday to ask question about things I’m going through, everything from high school to all those things with boys, and schoolwork, and how to prepare for college."

NBC Bay Area's Stephanie Chuang contributed to this report.