Fight to keep killer of Pineville father behind bars heads to Baton Rouge

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Forty years after Joe Kimball's father was murdered in Pineville in a killing arranged by his own mother, Kimball continues to fight to keep the two men who did it - the man his mother was having an affair with and that man's friend - behind bars for good.

File Photo: Dennis Nall / James Burdgess

In March 1979, Guy Kimball was murdered in his home on Highway 107 in Pineville in what looked like a burglary gone bad. But, as those details started to come to light, three people would be charged with his death - his own wife, Bobbie Kimball, her boyfriend, Dennis Nall, and Nall's friend, James Burdgess.

"When they were sentenced, it was without parole or commute of sentence," said Joe Kimball. "But, here we are with them requesting to be commuted of their sentence."

Bobbie Kimball was having an affair with Nall. She claimed her husband was abusive, although her son said she was a known liar. She later admitted to Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office detectives that she set the whole thing up, recruiting Nall and Burdgess to shoot and kill her husband, who was returning from offshore.

Nall and Burdgess were sentenced to life in prison, Kimball took a plea deal and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but that sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for five years. A few years later, she ended up convicted of the murder of her common-law husband and is now serving a life sentence.

"It's just another something that kind of dies down for a while, but as soon as I get that letter in the mail, it's right back," Kimball told us about finding out Nall was pushing for clemency.

Back in 2017, Kimball drove all the way from South Carolina to keep Burdgess behind bars. The sheriff and district attorney wrote letters in support for keeping him locked up. And, it was a success.

But, two years later, Kimball is back in the same situation, this time as he fights to keep Nall, who is now 63, from getting out.

"I think that he would be grateful," said Kimball of his father. "I think my family is grateful. I know my father's mother, before she passed away and she knew I was doing this, she was grateful that I was standing up and speaking out for him."

This time, Sheriff William Earl Hilton and District Attorney Phillip Terrell will head directly to the state Board of Pardons and Parole to argue why Nall shouldn't be released.

"We've got a good pardon board right now," said Sheriff Hilton. "It seems to be they have the best interests of the people at heart. We will go down and voice our opinion against this guy getting out."

"I feel like it's important to represent the victims," said District Attorney Terrell. "The victim's son, in this case, is very interested. He has been in contact with us several times. He went when the co-defendant came up for pardon, commutation of his sentence, it's significant that we be there."

Kimball remains optimistic that the matter will be resolved on Monday and he won't have to make the long drive in from South Carolina to fight his father's killers again any time soon.

"I put my trust in God and let Him handle it," he said.

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