For release on March 7, 2014   CONTACT: Ted Kajani, Deputy District Attorney Cold Case Unit Leader (408) 792-2609   MYSTERY QUILT COLD CASE CRACKED: VICTIM’S HUSBAND, HIS BROTHER CHARGED WITH 25-YEAR-OLD MURDER   Almost 25 years to the day that Cathy Zimmer was found strangled to death in her car parked at the San Jose airport, District Attorney’s Office investigators today arrested her husband, David Zimmer and charged him with her murder.   Last week, the husband’s brother, Robert Zimmer, was also arrested on a murder charge for Ms. Zimmer’s death.   The arrests come after Cathy Zimmer’s cold case was profiled nationwide, based on a mysterious and colorful quilt that was found covering her body on March 10, 1989.   David Zimmer, 66, of Half Moon Bay, is expected to be arraigned early next week. Robert Zimmer, 69, of Santa Clara, has been arraigned and is being held without bail. His next court date is April 18.   “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. “We do not forget victims, nor do we ever give up on justice.”   The investigation showed that the Zimmers were in the midst of a separation when she was killed. Evidence led investigators to her husband and his brother.   David Zimmer profited financially from his wife’s death. Within a month of her slaying, he sold their home for more than $225,000 and collected proceeds from two life insurance policies totaling $183,000.   Ms. Zimmer was the 38-year-old mother of two teens, taking business classes at San Jose State and working part-time at a real estate office. On March 8, 1989, she drove her children to school, had lunch with a friend and attended two college classes. She had a 2:45 p.m. eye doctor appointment to check her newly-fitted contact lenses in Los Gatos.   She missed the appointment, and another at a motivational group. She did not come home that night. Two days later, police found her car parked in the short-term lot at the San Jose airport. Her dead body was in the backseat, covered by the quilt.   Restored in 2011 by District Attorney Rosen, the Cold Case Unit has now helped solve five major cold case murders.   # # #  

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