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Case of Sedgwick County mother fatally shot by son is presented to prosecutors

Hear emergency radio traffic the night Lisa Trimmell was shot

According to a Sedgwick County sheriff’s report, an autopsy report and a recording of emergency radio traffic obtained from Broadcastify.com, both Trimmell sons were her home when one fired a handgun at his mother. One son is 14, the other 12.
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According to a Sedgwick County sheriff’s report, an autopsy report and a recording of emergency radio traffic obtained from Broadcastify.com, both Trimmell sons were her home when one fired a handgun at his mother. One son is 14, the other 12.

An investigation into the death of 41-year-old Lisa Trimmell — fatally shot this summer by one of her sons — has been presented to prosecutors, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

In an email to media, the office said: “The Trimmell case was presented to the DA on Friday, October 19th. The DA asked for some additional information, so it is currently still an open investigation.”

In a follow-up email, sheriff’s Lt. Tim Myers confirmed that there have been no arrests in the case.

Asked to comment on the length of the investigation, Myers responded: “In any homicide investigation, the Sedgwick Country Sheriff’s Office wants to be as thorough as possible. Although this case had a suspect, the details surrounding the death of Lisa Trimmell and events in Lisa’s life must be investigated.”

The fatal shooting occurred late on the night of June 20 while Trimmell’s two sons, ages 14 and 12, were visiting her sprawling home on North 159th East.

The question for prosecutors, The Eagle has previously reported, is whether it was a justifiable killing or a crime.

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The Sheriff’s Office said after the shooting that it was suspicious but hasn’t said why.

According to a Sedgwick County sheriff’s report, an autopsy report and a recording of emergency radio traffic obtained from Broadcastify.com, both Trimmell sons were at her home when one fired a handgun at his mother.

According to emergency radio traffic, a dispatcher told officers: “(Trimmell’s oldest son) says mother attacked the brother, and she (SIC) shot her.” According to sheriff’s and autopsy records, Trimmell and her sons were the only people in the home.

For almost four months before she died, she lived alone in a six-bedroom 8,500-square-foot home on a 30.5-acre estate in northeast Sedgwick County near Andover. Her husband and sons had moved out.

The shooting occurred a little over a month after her husband, orthodontist Justin Trimmell, filed for divorce. It happened on the one night her sons stayed with her, every other week.

Her friends said she ran the business side of the couple’s enterprises.

An Aug. 24 report on Lisa Trimmell’s autopsy concluded that her death was a homicide. A medium-caliber copper jacketed bullet entered the base of the side of her neck. The bullet severed her spine.

Emergency crews pronounced her dead 28 minutes after her 14-year-old son called 911 to report the shooting.

The autopsy report also lists 16 separate blunt-force injuries to Trimmell — from her scalp and forehead to her lower leg. It’s not clear whether some injuries could have been caused when she fell or when someone tried to resuscitate her.

Among the autopsy findings: Trimmell had “acute and chronic alcoholism” and “hepatic cirrhosis” or scarring of the liver.

Her blood-alcohol level at the time of the autopsy was 0.185. That’s more than twice the legal limit for driving.

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