D'Iberville man will stand trial for 20-year-old murder case

MIAMI COUNTY, IN (WLOX) - A D'Iberville man will stand trial for the murder of his neighbor 20 years ago, after a judge rejected a plea deal this week.

Timothy Jerome Jimerson, 54, is currently behind bars in Miami County, Indiana charged with murder. He's accused of beating and strangling Toni Spicer, 27. Her body was reportedly discovered by her children, ages 9 and 7, inside their mobile home in August 1992.

Investigators followed several leads at the time, but the case eventually went cold. Then in 2011, Jimerson's DNA turned up in the National DNA Database as a match with DNA taken from the crime scene. News reports from Indiana said Jimerson's DNA was entered into the database after he was convicted of felony DUI in 2010.

Prosecutors concerned about getting a conviction in the case cut a plea deal with Jimerson, that could have sent him to prison for 30 years. According to the Kokomo Tribune, Spicer's son and others argued against the plea agreement. Judge Tim Spahr said he believed the attack merited a longer sentence.

Miami County Prosecutor Bruce Embrey also expressed concern over putting the victim's family through a trial. The judge asked the family members directly if they would be willing to do that, and all nodded yes.

The jury trial is set for August 25, 2014.

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