A Roanoke woman charged this summer with child abuse and child cruelty in the death of her young son now faces a third and more serious offense.
Nicole Aurlieua Zimmerman, 25, was directly indicted Tuesday on one count of felony murder.
Felony murder, or the accidental killing of someone while committing a crime, carries a punishment in Virginia that ranges from five to 20 years in prison.
Zimmerman was arrested in June, nearly a year after rescue crews were called to a home on Gilmer Avenue, where they found an infant who was not breathing. He was taken to the hospital with what a search warrant called “injuries consistent with child abuse.” He remained in treatment until he died Aug. 22, 2016, at just over 7 months of age.
“We always felt we were going to end up charging that [felony murder], but it was just a matter of getting to the doctors and finding out what they could testify to,” Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Caldwell said Tuesday.
After Zimmerman’s arrest, she was granted a $10,000 bail but was ordered not to have unsupervised contact with children and to observe a curfew. She will remain free on bond under those conditions, Caldwell said.
Zimmerman’s scheduled two-day jury trial on the abuse and cruelty charges is set to begin Sept. 25, a date that was fixed before the new indictment.
Also on Tuesday, new indictments were brought against the woman charged in a double shooting outside the Family Dollar on Orange Avenue in early August.
Kimberly Jeanette Gollop, 48, of Roanoke was indicted last month on charges of first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. She is accused of shooting and killing 46-year-old Felicia Poindexter in the parking lot of the northwest Roanoke discount store.
Also injured was David Lee Gravely, 50, who was shot in the leg. On Tuesday, Gollop additionally was indicted on charges of malicious wounding, attempted murder and four gun-related offenses.
Gollop and Gravely had been in a long domestic relationship but in the days prior to the shooting had obtained protective orders against each other.
Gollop’s jury trial is set for Nov. 30.
Other Roanoke indictments this month:
- James Kevin O’Dell, 40, on one count of malicious wounding against Erin Nicole Marley. O’Dell is already charged with second-degree murder in the death of Marley, who died of blunt force trauma on Dec. 5. O’Dell was scheduled to go to trial on the murder charge this week, but the case has been continued and has not yet been assigned a new date.
- Jeremy Daniel Graves, 44, on a charge of malicious wounding. He is accused of stabbing and injuring 55-year-old Charles Fisher on July 17 in the 300 block of Woods Avenue Southwest.