by carla noah stutsman
Almost eight months after he was robbed, beaten, and left bound in his own home for two days, an 82-year-old Wise County man has died from his injuries.
According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, Marvin Zimmerman, who lived in the 1400 block of New Hope Road, died from complications of a subdural hematoma (a type of brain injury), dehydration, and renal failure due to having been assaulted, bound, and abandoned in his residence.
Zimmerman’s neighbors called 911 Friday, June 8, 2012, concerned because they had not seen him for several days.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the man’s home could see through a window that Marvin Zimmerman was bound and gagged on the floor of his home.
Deputies kicked in the door of the home and immediately called for medical assistance for Zimmerman from Wise County EMS.
Zimmerman was found with his hands cuffed behind his back and had duct tape on top of the cuffs as well as around his head and feet.
The man’s home had been ransacked in what deputies believed was a robbery, according to a press release issued at the time by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies conducted an initial investigation, but when it was determined the residence was just north of the county line, Wise County Sheriff David Walker’s office took over the investigation with help from the Texas Rangers.
That investigation led to the arrests of four people who were charged with aggravated robbery as well as injury to an elderly person, both first-degree felonies. All four were subsequently indicted by a Wise County Grand Jury.
Roger Lee Hammons, Jimmy Ray Murrell and Michael Anthony Cordova each pleaded guilty to the first-degree charge of aggravated robbery. Hammons was sentenced to 40 years in the Texas penitentiary. Murrell received a 50-year sentence. Cordova was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the role he played in the crime.
The case against the fourth suspect is still pending with the Wise County District Attorney’s Office.
That office is now weighing whether to pursue murder or other charges against the quartet in light of Zimmerman’s death.
According to an obituary that appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Zimmerman – known as “Sonny” to his friends and family – was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.
A Korean War veteran, he served with the U.S. Army, Second Infantry Division. He married Audrey Murphy and together they raised five children. He was a New York Hospital police officer, serving his community until 1983. Later, he and his family moved to Boyd, retiring from the city of North Richland Hills.
Zimmerman was buried with military honors at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery under the direction of Biggers Funeral Home.
Donations may be made in his honor to any veterans’ organization.
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