Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Defense Contends Woman's Lover Killed Her, Not Son

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Defense Contends Woman's Lover Killed Her, Not Son

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When Topeka police Cpl. Jayme Green arrived at the home of Sheila Hachmeister for a report of a medical call, Jason Hachmeister, her son, flagged down Green and a second officer.

" 'The body is in there,' " Green quoted Jason Hachmeister as saying. " 'She's my mom.' "

"I was surprised, when he said it was his mother, at his lack of emotion," Green said. Hachmeister had found his mother lying in a large pool of blood.

When Green saw the woman, her arms were under her, and blood caked her hair. Green questioned whether she had shot herself in the head, because of the position of her hands and presence of all the blood.

When he checked Sheila Hachmeister, she didn't have a pulse and her skin was very cold, and he knew she was dead.

Hachmeister didn't show any reaction Tuesday when a crime scene video showing his mother's body was shown to jurors.

Hachmeister, 40, of Topeka, is charged with premeditated first- degree murder in the killing more than three years ago of Sheila Hachmeister, 58, in the southwest Topeka home she shared with him.

Jurors saw photographs of the beaten and bloody victim, lying on her living room carpet. Green testified a circular imprint on the carpet hadn't been positioned between the victim's feet until a paramedic turned over the victim's body.

Defense attorneys contend the killer was a man Sheila Hachmeister met online for sex, who traveled to Topeka and killed her. The circular shape is tied to a beer bottle the defense contends was linked to sex discussed online.

Jurors also viewed a "3-D scan" of the inside of Sheila Hachmeister's house, without the victim's body in it.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation forensic scientist James Newman testified about the scan, which makes a 3-D model and allows jurors to move throughout the house, zoom in or out on blood stains or objects, and look up and down.

The 3-D model is the result of a series of photographs and laser measurements. …

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