UPDATE: The Outcry ContinuesJanuary 3rd, 2007 by josh farley
Any way you look at it, State of Washington vs. Kimberly Forder is a tragic case.
Forder, 44, a Seabeck resident, has been charged with homicide by abuse in the death of her 8-year-old adopted son, Christopher Forder, in 2002. She’s also been charged with manslaughter.
The details, penned by Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives in the probable cause statement for Forder’s arrest, are gruesome and difficult to read. They were outlined in a story by one of my colleagues, Derek Sheppard, when Forder was arrested.
A date for trial — April 16, 2007 — has been nailed down, and an investigator has been hired by Forder’s defense attorneys.
And in late December and in early January, we’ve had several new developments.
On Jan. 2, one of Forder’s sons, Michael, pleaded guilty to raping a family member. Part of his plea agreement, prosecutors said, was that he’d testify against his mother at the April-slated trial.
We’ve had discussions about the case at length on this blog. And another crime blog — Crimeblog.us — too, has seen back and forth banter of folks who appear to have no connection to Kitsap County whatsoever.
Forder remains in Kitsap County jail on $1 million bail. To see the jail’s page that shows her in custody, click here.
As her trial date approaches, we are sure to learn more about the case. For now, most of the Forder family — Kimberly’s husband Robert and some of their children — remain in Africa, according to Kitsap County court documents. They, too, keep a blog, which you can see here.
Feel free to add your feelings on the case below.