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7/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman murder, dismemberment case delayed by attorney change
George Loader
George Loader
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The trial of a Kingman man charged with the first degree murder and dismemberment of his roommate was supposed to begin Tuesday, but the case was delayed after George Loader fired his court-appointed attorney.

His new attorney, Christian Ackerley, "is essentially starting on day one of the case," according to Jace Zack, chief deputy county attorney.

Postponements are common in court cases for a variety of reasons, he said, particularly as attorneys develop theories the other side must counter.

Loader, 36, reportedly told a family member he killed Mohave Valley resident John Oppenheim on Nov. 22, 2011, because he thought Oppenheim, his former Mohave County jail cellmate, had molested his three-year-old daughter.

Loader allegedly shot Oppenheim, 41, in the face with a shotgun before decapitating the man and dismembering his body.

Mohave County Sheriff's detectives said Loader transported the remains to a dirt track off Bank Street, dumped them in the desert, poured lighter fluid on the body parts and set them on fire.

An anonymous caller, who has since been identified as a relative of the defendant, contacted authorities to report the grisly crime.

A search warrant was served two days after the killing. Deputies found a 12-guage shotgun they believe is the murder weapon in a drawer. A bloody saw and blood-soaked clothing, along with a bag of human hair, was found in the garage.

An examination of the toddler revealed no evidence of molestation and the girl was unable to explain what, if anything, might have occurred.

Investigators don't believe the girl was molested and the story Loader's girlfriend offered indicates an enraged Loader took matters into his own hands.

She said she was changing the girl's diaper and noticed a red spot. She said the girl pointed at Oppenheim when she asked her how it got there.

When Loader learned of the alleged molestation, she said he confronted Oppenheim in the garage and soon heard a "bang."

The girlfriend admitted to helping Loader clean up blood, but police don't believe she helped him dispose of the remains.

She has not been charged.

Loader was sent to prison in May 2012 on charges related to drugs following a 2010 arrest and an incident in April 2011 when he reportedly held a gun to the head of his niece while calling her a liar and a "cop caller." He was sentenced to a five-year term and will be transported to Mohave County for his court hearings.

In addition to first-degree murder, Loader faces charges of misconduct involving a weapon and an abandonment or concealment of a dead body.

Prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

How long a trial takes is insignificant as long as the guilty are found guilty and the innocent found not guilty but comparing Zimmerman to this fellow is ironic, both seem to have killed the only other witness who could have contested their story how it all occurred! And this fellow had no criminal justice courses to help him stage the evidence to fit his story, he opted for what many uneducated criminals do hide the body, but then Zimmerman had no time to do such he was heard and seen by many doing the deed!

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Feb 2012 Zimmerman shoots Martin in a case with disputed events, trial is already over.

Nov 2011, Loader allegedly shoots Oppenheim in the face with a shotgun before decapitating the man, dismembering and disposing of his body. Massive amounts of evidence and almost witnesses. Trial hasn't even started!!!

What the heck is wrong with this story!

We won't even talk about you know who that's been in jail for...what...3 years now?

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