Big Rig Rage, James Simmons and Valencia Blair

Valencia Blair
In season three, episode 14, we see Big Rig Rage, the true story of the murder of Valencia Blair by James Simmons. and the love story of James Simmons and Valencia Blair which doesn't end well for Valencia Blair.

This show is described as two truck drivers burgeoning love affair is squashed when Valencia is found shot to death in the sleeping compartment of her rig. There is not a wealth of coverage on this crime. According to the state, The facts reveal that Simmons and Valencia Blair, both semi-truck drivers, met while driving the same route and soon afterward were engaged to be married.   Blair ended the relationship in the early part of 2000.   After the breakup, Blair became concerned for her safety and related to others that Simmons had threatened her.   On February 14, 2000, Blair informed the police that Simmons had threatened her with a gun.   On March 2, 2000, Blair was discovered dead in the cab of her semi-truck that was parked at the Flying J Truck Stop located on the south side of Indianapolis, Indiana.   Blair had been shot multiple times.

His appeal includes (see link):

The facts reveal that Simmons and Valencia Blair, both semi-truck drivers, met while driving the same route and soon afterward were engaged to be married. Blair ended the relationship in the early part of 2000. After the breakup, Blair became concerned for her safety and related to others that Simmons had threatened her. On February 14, 2000, Blair informed the police that Simmons had threatened her with a gun. On March 2, 2000, Blair was discovered dead in the cab of her semi-truck that was parked at the Flying J Truck Stop located on the south side of Indianapolis, Indiana. Blair had been shot multiple times.

    On March 13, 2000, the State charged Simmons with murder, a felony, and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor. The State later dropped the handgun charge. On January 2, 2001, Simmons filed a motion in limine with the trial court to prohibit the State and any witnesses from mentioning or testifying that Blair had made the statement that she was afraid of Simmons. The State sought to admit the declarations made by Blair to two witnesses, Elijah Bowman and Officer Powell, that she was afraid of Simmons and that Simmons had threatened her with a gun. Bowman was a confidant and former husband of Blair. Officer Powell took the police report on February 14, 2000, where Blair alleged that Simmons had threatened her with a handgun.


    On January 4, 2001, the trial court held a hearing on Simmons' motion in limine. The trial court concluded that Bowman could testify that Blair feared Simmons and that her intent was to end her relationship with Simmons, to call off the wedding. However, the court ruled that the same evidence was not admissible to prove Simmons' prior bad act of threatening Blair with a handgun. With regard to Officer Powell, the trial court determined that the police officer could testify that on February 14, 2000, he responded to a 911 call made by Blair. The court further determined that Officer Powell could also testify that Simmons, while in an excited state, claimed that Simmons had threatened her with a gun. In addition, the trial court ruled that Simmons' "motion in limine as to any descriptions of prior bad acts; that is pulling guns and that sort of thing, is granted." R. 40. 


James Simmons was sentenced to 65 years and is eligible for release on 09/08/2029.

You can write to James Simmons at:

James Simmons 110352
Correctional Industrial Facility
P.O. Box 600
Pendleton, IN 46064

You can email James using Jpay - you will need to select Indiana and use 110352





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