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Even after conviction, Horton woman’s death still being investigated

May 6, 2011

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— Investigators continue to pursue leads into the killing of a northeast Kansas woman, despite the conviction of a man in her death, a lawyer said.

Patricia Kimmi, 58, a Horton woman, disappeared from her home in November 2009. Her remains were found six months later on property near a farm belonging to Roger Hollister who was subsequently convicted in her death. Hollister, 59, of rural Sabetha, was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

"Like I said after the trial, this case isn't over," said Gerald Kuckelman Jr., Atchison County attorney. "After the trial, we issued a few subpoenas to begin another inquisition."

Kuckelman said investigators are focusing on two other people, but he declined to name them.

During Hollister's trial, his lawyers claimed he was a pawn of someone else who wanted Kimmi dead. They sought to implicate Kimmi's ex-husband, who was never charged.

"In the month of June, we will begin questioning about five people, but the list may grow over time," he said. "Some of the people subpoenaed, we've talked to before and others are brand new."

Hollister's attorney, James Heathman, of Topeka, removed himself from the case several weeks ago, The St. Joseph News-Press reported Friday.

In April, Hollister's wife was seriously injured when he drove their SUV into the path of a tractor-trailer. He pleaded no contest to aggravated battery and aggravated intimidation of a witness.

Prosecutors said Hollister and his wife had argued about his suspected involvement in Kimmi's death.

On Wednesday, Hollister was transferred to the El Dorado State Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison.

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