Son, sister of murdered woman want Michael Haim sentenced to life

Judge hears testimony, to announce sentence Tuesday in 1993 murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The families of Michael Haim and Bonnie Haim sat in a Duval County courtroom Friday divided by the truth. 

Last month, a jury found Michael Haim guilty of second-degree murder in the 1993 disappearance and death of his 23-year-old wife, Bonnie Haim. In 2014, her skull and other remains were found after their son, Aaron Fraser, took possession of his boyhood home and was digging in the backyard while doing home repairs.

After hearing from both sides of the family, Circuit Judge Steven Whittington said he would rule Tuesday on how long Michael Haim will spend in prison.

During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors played a slideshow of Bonnie Haim's life which ends with a video showing her and Aaron the Christmas before her death. For a moment, she looks into the camera as Aaron shares a hug with her. It's one of the few happy memories he has of his mother.

Also watching the presentation was Michael Haim in his jail jumpsuit. Again, as he has in previous court appearances, he showed very little emotion.

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"I don't know what a fair sentence would be. I do know that every day that Michael Haim was a free man I lived in fear that he may come for me like he said he would. I was the one person on this planet that had knowledge of what he had done and could stand in the way of his liberty," Aaron Fraser told the court.

Fraser said his fear grew when he unearthed his mother's remains on Dec. 14, 2014. He found some relief Aug. 24, 2015, when his father was arrested on a charge of murder. But when his father bonded out of jail four months later, the anxiety returned.


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