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Thomson Trial

Posted on 31st July 2013 at 16:06

After years of delays, the California trial of the man suspected of killing Lori Hamm of Longview back in 2006 is set. Today’s Daily News reports that John Wayne Thomson, 53, is scheduled to go on trial September 3rd in San Bernardino County, with jury selection in the case is expected to begin on August 12. Thomson is accused of killing a 55 year-old man near San Bernardino on August 1st, 2006, which was the end of a killing spree that started in Spokane in July of 2006. During that spree, Thomson allegedly took advantage of and then shot Hamm to death. She knew Thomson casually, meeting him while singing karaoke in local bars. She was last seen on July 16th, 2006; her car was found in the Home Depot parking lot on July 21st, and her body was found on August 1st of that year, the same day he was suspected of killing 55 year-old Charles Hedlund in San Bernardino, California. He was arrested after an attempted carjacking on August 7th, subdued by two newspaper pressmen who witnessed the incident. Continued switching of public defenders has delayed the case; Cowlitz County Prosecutor Sue Baur says that she still plans to pursue the local case against Thomson, regardless of the outcome in California.