Justice Thirty-five Years Too Late
May 17, 2012
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI
Fifty years ago Joyce Sterrenberg and Tim McKillop were murdered in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1974, 12 years after the murders, a sheriffs department employee told the police that her estranged husband, Bill Macumber, confessed to her. Macumber, besides being a single father of three, was an army veteran, Little League coach and a member of the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Posse. Bill was tried and convicted in 1975, based mostly on fingerprint evidence. But, the jury never heard about the confession of a drifter who confessed to the murder several years earlier. And, there are suggestions that his ex-wife tampered with the evidence in the old case file that she had access to at the sheriff's office. Macumber, now 76 years old, has served 35 years of his two life setences. The Arizona Justice Project, assisted by private investigator Rich Robertson of R3 Investigations, has been working on his case for nearly a decade. The Arizona Executive Board of Clemency recommended his sentence be commuted, but that was rejected by the governor. Tune in to hear Rich Robertson’s journey into the depths of this old case and how The Justice Project pulled the facts together.
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Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI
Francie Koehler’s career as a licensed private investigator includes cases that have sparked media projects. "Unsolved Mysteries" portrayed one of her missing person cases. British author Val McDermid featured her capital case in "A Suitable Job for A Woman" and true crime writer Ann Rule chronicled a case she investigated involving a missing nightclub owner entitled "In The Name Of Love." Francie drew on her investigative and retail experience to create the 3-part video, "Loss Prevention - The Big Picture." International results included an invitation to Moscow, where she spoke to Russian nationals interested in privatization. Francie is the former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator.