Jason Simpson was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for a double axe murder. According to court documents Jason Simpson would murder Archie Crook, Sr. (38) and Kimberli Kimbler(29) with an axe. Jason Smith would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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In the late evening hours of July 15, 1999, or the early morning hours of July 16, 1999, Simpson went to the home of Archie Crook, Sr., and Kimberly Kimbler in Jacksonville, Florida, armed with an ax. Simpson entered the home, went into the master bedroom where Crook and Kimbler were sleeping, and proceeded to use the ax to hack Crook and Kimbler to death. Simpson inflicted several blows on Crook’s face and neck, breaking his jawbone and severing his carotid artery. Simpson struck Kimbler, who was between seven and seven and a half months pregnant, in the back of her arm, shattering the bone. Simpson then inflicted numerous blows on Kimbler’s head and neck, ultimately breaking her neck bone. Defensive wounds found on both victims showed that they attempted to fend off Simpson.
Detectives located an ax containing Crook and Kimbler’s DNA in the backyard of the Crook and Kimbler home. They also located a sweatshirt, a pair of sweatpants, shoes, and a hat in a pile behind an air-conditioning unit on the property of a church located directly behind the home. Kimbler’s DNA was found on the sweatshirt, sweatpants, and shoes. Crook’s DNA was found on the sweatpants. Simpson’s DNA was found on the sweatshirt and sweatpants, and two of Simpson’s hairs were collected from the debris sweep of the sweatshirt, sweatpants, and hat. Fibers matching the sweatshirt and sweatpants were found on a barbed-wire fence located right behind the back door of the Crook and Kimbler home. Additionally, Simpson confessed to an acquaintance that he murdered Crook and Kimbler.
On January 29, 2007, the jury found Simpson guilty of the first-degree murders of Crook and Kimbler.