Kimberly Cates

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The Kimberly Cates case quickly captivated the nation – a loving mother whose life was taken at the hands of four teenage boys while her husband was away, her daughter attacked, and the town of Mont Vernon left in shock. Attorney General Michael A. Delaney, Colonel Frederick Booth of the New Hampshire State Police, and Mont Vernon Police Chief Kyle Aspinwall issued the following first statement about the homicide of Kimberly Cates of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire:

An autopsy was performed on Kimberly Cates (DOB 3/6/1967) by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval on October 5, 2009. Dr. Duval determined that the cause of death was multiple sharp injuries to the head, torso, left arm, and left leg. She concluded that the death was a homicide.

Prosecutors at trial where the teens were convicted and even sentenced to life say killers wielded a machete and a co-defendant used a knife during the attacks in the Cates’ Mont Vernon home.

Sruviving daughter Jaimie, now 12, survived by pretending to be dead, then staggered, covered in blood, to a kitchen phone to call police. A doctor testified she would have died of a punctured lung if she had lost consciousness before summoning help.

Jaimie Cates played dead until her attackers left, even though she’d been savagedly attacked with a machete

Blows that cut off portions of Jaimie’s left foot, split open her head and struck her face with enough force to break her jaw had to have come from a heavy and sharp weapon such as a machete, several doctors testified.

By all reports, Kimberly was an awesome lady. John Quinlan, a Mont Vernon selectman, and friend of the Cates family for five years described 42-year-old mother and nurse Kimberly Cates as an unusually friendly, happy woman devoted to her daughter. 

She was very much the extrovert,” Quinlan said. “The mother and daughter were inseparable. They were almost best friends as well. That’s what I think makes this worse because you can’t imagine anyone having a bad thought about her or a gripe with her.” 

Legislators in New Hampshire are moving to strengthen penalties for murders during home invasions in the wake of this brutal crime.