The Murder Trial Of Kalamazoo Businessman Robert Medema Is Underway

Posted at 3:55 PM, Feb 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-13 15:55:25-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Opening statements began Wednesday in the murder trial of Kalamazoo businessman Robert Medema.

The 74-year old was the owner of the downtown antique shop The Emporium. He was found dead in his home on Oakland Dr. in Kalamazoo in August, 2012.

Antonio Livingston was on trial for the killing.

During officer testimony, one officer said it was hard to walk around in Medema’s home because there was a large amount of furniture inside.

Another officer that took the stand talked about a latex glove that was found outside Medema’s home, and a blue knit ski mask that was found on Oakland Drive. A witness also said there was another latex glove inside the mask along with a work-style glove.

Other witnesses described how they found Medema’s body. An officer with Kalamazoo Public Safety said he was found in the kitchen, with his feet and left hand bound with a rope of some sort. There was also a baseball bat located next to his body.

The other suspect involved in the murder, John Aguilar, will be tried at a later day.