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October 22, 2013

SERIES: The untimely death of Cecil Birge (part two)

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Foaming at the mouth 

Even more shocking testimony came from Patricia Grimes, who was working at the Birges’ diet clinic when Cecil died.

Grimes told jurors she overheard part of a telephone conversation between Kathy and someone else while at the clinic.

“She said she watched him lie there for 20 minutes with foam in his mouth, and then she went shopping and bought herself a Mother’s Day present from Cecil,” Grimes testified.

Later the same day, Grimes said she overheard another of Kathy’s telephone conversations.

“She said no one would come between her and her money,” Grimes testified.

The same day, Grimes said Kathy showed her a will with Cecil’s signature taped onto the document and asked her to sign as a witness. She did so and made a copy of the document for Kathy.  Grimes testified that although she knew signing was a crime, she planned to tell authorities and did so on May 22 - two days after Cecil’s body had been exhumed.

In the weeks that followed Cecil’s death, an investigator searched computers found in the Birges' home and business. He discovered that in the days before Cecil's death, someone had searched for information on arsenic poisoning, venomous spiders and do-it-yourself will kits.

See Thursday’s edition of The News Courier for the third and final part of this series.

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