Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Murder of Brittany Zimmermann

Brittany Zimmermann, age 21
Brittany Zimmerman was only 21 years-old when she was brutally murdered inside the home she shared with her fiancé on April 2nd, 2008. The University of Wisconsin-Madison student was murdered in the middle of the day, just blocks away from the Madison Police Department.When Brittany’s fiancé returned home to their apartment that afternoon, he found Brittany slain on the floor. She had been brutally stabbed and strangled to death. 

The Madison, Wisconsin home where Brittany was murdered 
It was later revealed that Brittany actually called 911 minutes before she was murdered. The dispatchers hung up on her, claiming they did not hear any sounds of a struggle in the phone call. Once Brittany’s body was found, it became clear that she was, in fact, in danger when she called the police. Brittany’s fiancé was questioned and ruled out as a suspect, and after that, it appeared that police had very few leads about the identity of her killer. 

Finally, in 2016, investigators told Brittany’s parents that they found DNA evidence belonging to David Kahl--a man who was already behind bars for his 7th DWI charge. Police apparently confronted David with this information, and he said that he was with Brittany on the day she was killed, but he denies being the killer. The police department advised Brittany’s family members to not publicly talk about this information, however Brittany’s mother stated that she could no longer sit back knowing that her daughter’s killer has not been apprehended. 

David Kahl mugshot
Later that year, police became familiar with a man named Andrew Scoles, who had previously been in prison with David. Andrew stated that David broke down to him and confessed to being Brittany’s killer. Andrew offered to tell the police this information in exchange for his two previous felony convictions being expunged from his record. Brittany’s mother contacted Andrew via e-mail and begged him to come forward, but unfortunately nothing ever came of that. In August 2017, Andrew was killed in a motorcycle accident. Any potential information he had about Brittany’s murder died with him.

Brittany’s murder remains unsolved today. There is a $40000 reward in place for information that could lead to her killer’s arrest. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact 608-266-6014.
UPDATE (3/21/2020): David Kahl has been arrested and charged with the murder of Brittany Zimmerman. The arrest comes nearly four years after investigators reportedly matched David's DNA to DNA evidence that was found at the crime scene. It has also been revealed that David was one of the people police interviewed just days after Brittany was found dead. During that 2008 interview, David reportedly told investigators that he was in Brittany's neighborhood on the day of her death, going door-to-door asking residents for money so he could buy drugs. Despite this admission, police did not consider David to be a suspect at the time. He did not resurface in the investigation until 2016, when police were finally able to identify the DNA found at the crime scene.

David was charged in Dane County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide and he currently remains behind bars. Further updates will be provided as they come.

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