By: KDKA-TV News Staff
YULEE, Fla. (KDKA) – A woman who went missing in Butler County for years before becoming the prime suspect in the death of a Florida woman has been convicted of first-degree murder.
The ruling came Thursday shortly after a judge brought a jury in Nassau County, Florida the case, CBS affiliate WJAX reported.
Kimberly Kessler is the sole suspect in Joleen Cummings’ death, although WJAX reports that a body has never been found. Cummings, a mother of three, went missing in May 2018.
Kessler was also found guilty of theft of a motor vehicle after investigators said she was seen on surveillance video of Cummings’ parking at a Home Depot parking lot in Yulee, WJAX reported.
The two work together at a hair salon.
Kessler disappeared from Butler County in 2004. However, police said she was living under a false name and using a fake Florida Social Security Number.
Court documents show Kessler admitting to investigators that she had been on the run from the FBI for 25 years and was wanted in several states, WJAX reported in 2018.
Kessler was given multiple opportunities to testify in her trial, but she was dropped because of what WJAX called a “common outburst.”
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/12/09/jury-finds-kimberly-kessler-guilty-joleen-cummings-murder/ Butler County woman Kimberly Kessler found guilty in 2018 Joleen Cummings murder – CBS Pittsburgh