RICHMOND, Va. — Mar 13, 2018, 3:03 AM ET

Ex-doctor gets 50 years for murder in rare 'no body' case


A former Richmond-area doctor convicted of murder in the death of his girlfriend, whose body has not been found, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a judge handed down a jury's recommended punishment for Dr. John E. Gibbs III on Monday.

Gibbs' attorneys said he maintains his innocence and plans to appeal.

The jury found Gibbs guilty in Zulma Pabon's death following an eight-day trial in December. Pabon, a nurse, went missing in 2014.

Prosecutors presented evidence including cellphone records, web searches, store purchases of drain cleaner and acid, and surveillance photo images.

According to the newspaper, the verdict marked the second time in less than two years that Chesterfield authorities won a conviction in a rare "no body" homicide case.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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  • Jenna

    It's good that we're letting the killers of the world know that there is no "perfect crime." In fact, I think people who completely dispose of their victims should get MORE time for the hellish anguish they've put family and loved ones through, just to jump on a "no body, no crime" loophole. Time to snatch that loophole shut and this is a very good start!

  • Clay Gaspard

    No body no crime. Its called Habius Corpus, and its the law ! I can't believe its even gone to court. The judge should be fired !

  • yogiman

    Circumstantial evidence is not actual, or even factual, evidence. Do they know, as a fact, she didn't just go her separate way without announcing it to the public? What will happen if she just walks in some day in the future and says hi y'all, I'm back? We're sorry, doc?

  • Bitter Clinger

    Apparently breaking up is hard to do.

  • bibleexpert

    Seems the doc thought the lack of a body would override the massive circumstantial evidence. Shoulda gone to law school instead of medical school, I guess.