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Thomson Trial

Posted on 16th October 2013 at 16:08

After several weeks of testimony, closing arguments are now under way in the California capital murder trial of John Wayne Thomson, 53. In the San Bernardino Sun, District Attorney Robert Bulloch told the jury that this case is “plain and simple, it’s murder.” Bulloch once again lined out the evidence that reportedly links Thomson to the August, 2006 stabbing death of Charles Hedlund, 55. Bulloch says that there’s “overwhelming evidence” that Thomson viciously and brutally stabbed and slashed Hedlund before dumping his body in a ditch. Defense attorney Mario Martinez says admits that his client did the killing, but he claims that it was an “act of rage” after Hedlund had made sexual advances toward Thomson. He claims that Thomson’s mental health issues were also a factor, and he’s asking for a verdict of voluntary manslaughter. Thomson faces the death penalty in this case; he’s also the prime suspect in the July, 2006 murder of Lori Hamm of Kelso. Cowlitz County Prosecutor Sue Baur says that she plans to bring Thomson back to Kelso to stand trial, no matter what happens in California.