A Polk County Jury Found Quintin Joshua Fisher Guilty of Capital Murder in the Death of Billy Ray Kimberlin Jr.
Damning Testimony: 20 year old Anthony Polydor spoke in detail from the witness stand on June 23 in District Court (Quintin Fisher and his Lawyer, Mike Davis in Foreground).
Quintin Fisher Guilty of Capital Murder, LIVINGSTON, June 24, 2011 - Shortly after 1 pm on June 24, 2011, a Polk County Jury returned a verdict of guilty in the trial of Quintin Joshua Fisher. Fisher was found guilty of plotting and facilitating the gunmen with a plan, weapons, and transportation to Livingston on the night of August 21, 2009 when Billy Ray Kimberlin, Jr. was murdered as he was sitting on a sofa in his home. The overwhelming evidence of cell phone records and testimony against Fisher from his partners in crime painted a clear picture of guilt. Cell phone records showed a history of calls between Fisher's cell phone and those of his accomplices during the day and into the night of August 21, 2011. Cell phones that are pinpointed to cell phone towers show the northward trek from Houston, to Livingston, and back to Houston, then back to Livingston, and back to Houston again. The phone calls corroborated with the story that was told by Anthony Polydor.
Anthony Polydor was one of the five (Quintin Fisher, Omega Manning, Jermain Clifton, Alderick Johnson, and Anthony Polydor). Fisher believed that the Kimberlins had around $100,000 in their home and saw this as an opportunity to make a quick buck. So he recruited Omega Manning. Manning in turn recruited Jermain Clifton, Alderick Johnson, and Anthony Polydor. Fisher hatched the plot: Drive up to Livingston, let out the three henchmen (Jermain Clifton, Alderick Johnson, and Polydor) near the Kimberlin's home. Then drive around Livingston while these kids carry out his dirty deeds in hopes of scoring a lump of cash.
Plan Comes Unraveled... As Clifton, Johnson and Polydor approached the Kimberlin residence, they attempted to kick in the door, but it didn't open. At that point, Anthony Polydor ran to some nearby woods scared and ultimately made it back to the getaway car. Clifton and Johnson then went to the travel trailer on the property and forced Robert Kimberlin and his Wife Cari, and six year old daughter out and to open the door to the main residence. Once inside, Jermain Clifton spotted Billy Kimberlin, Jr. on the couch and shot him three times killing Billy Kimberlin where he sat. Clifton and Johnson didn't notice Larry Wardwell slip outside. Wardwell managed to get out undetected and phone the Livingston Police Department. Within seconds Livingston Police were on their way.
Clifton and Johnson woke Billy Kimberlin, Sr. and wife Charlene and ultimately found the money they were looking for. The two got away with around 7 thousand dollars. By now Livingston Police, Sheriff's Deputies, and Troopers were everywhere. With law enforcement everywhere, Fisher, Manning, and Polydor took off to Houston leaving their partners in crime. Cell phone records show the time and approximate location where Jermain Clifton called Fisher as Fisher was back in Houston, then turned around and came back to pick up Clifton and once again head back for Houston. Cell phone records then show where Alderick Johnson called Fisher and once again, Fisher turned around and went back to Livingston to pick up Johnson, but as they drove by, they saw that Johnson was being apprehended by Deputy Vance Berry and kept going.
The Beginning of the End... The Capture of Alderick Lepaul Johnson by Deputy Vance Berry was the beginning of the end of everything for Quintin Fisher and his four accomplices. Polydor (only 20 years old with no prior criminal history and clearly scared) spoke in detail from the witness stand as he pointed out Quintin Fisher in the courtroom telling how Fisher drove them to Livingston, let them out to do the dirty work, and then, retrieved 2 of the 3 who were dropped off, drove back to Houston and divided up the money. According to Polydor, he walked away with $1,000. Polydor pleaded guilty to armed robbery for his part in the crime.
In closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney, Kaycee Jones, gave a gut wrenching step by step account as she walked the Jury through the last day of Billy Ray Kimberlin, Jr's. life. How we was up 2 hours before the crack of dawn and went to work at Billy's Donuts where he made kolaches for his family's business. How he got off work and took his girlfriend for a ride on his motorcycle that he loved so much. How he came home to his family and fell asleep on the couch. The same place on the couch where he would be murdered by Jermain Clifton in front of his family (including Robert Kimberlin's 6 year old daughter). "Quintin Fisher planned it, drove 'em up here, and them a gun". She also pointed out to the jury that Fisher is the self proclaimed "Top Villain" (a name associated with his rap and music endeavors).
Defense attorney Mike Davis countered by pointing out that you can't believe the words of men who are known liars. Davis was talking about Anthony Polydor and Omega Manning (both testified against Fisher). Davis also pointed out that cell phone records don't necessarily mean it was Fisher on his own cell phone. Try as he may, it simply wasn't enough to convince a jury of 12 of any reasonable doubt of Fisher's guilt.
District Attorney William Lee Hon stated to the jury that Davis' logic was flawed and that testimonies of criminals have been being used for many years to help find the truth and that using Davis' logic, we can never take the words of a criminal again to get to the bottom of a crime. Hon implored the jury: "Please don't let Quintin Fisher walk out of this courtroom with you today". He pointed out the agony that the Kimberlins are dealing with in the death of Billy Jr.: "The Kimberlins are experiencing a pain that probably none of us can comprehend".
After the verdict and punishment of life in prison with no chance of parole was handed down, Billy Ray Kimberlin, Sr. gave an impact statement: "This is a great day for my family and friends", he said. Kimberlin then looked right at Quintin Fisher and pointed his finger at him and said "Billy would've given you the shirt off his back if you would've asked him". Kimberlin then thanked the Livingston Police Department on doing a great job and thanked everyone that helped bring Quintin Fisher to justice.
Editor's Note: Quintin Fisher was convicted in the town of Cecilia, Louisiana for a 1993 armed robbery in which he and four others participated. Fisher was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Louisiana and only recently finished his parole.
Source: State of Louisiana Public Information, Cause Number 119924
258th District Judge, Elizabeth Coker reads Quintin Fisher his sentence of life in prison without parole. Fisher's lawyer said that he will appeal.
Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon and Assistant D.A. Kaycee Jones were very pleased with the verdict.
Quintin Fisher is led out of the Polk County Courthouse to prison where he'll spend the rest of his days.
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