Monday, July 21, 2008

Twinsburg cop killer indicted with death penalty

Details will emerge in the next few hours, but court records show that Ashford Thompson has been indicted for murder and will face the death penalty for shooting Twinsburg Police Officer Joshua Miktarian.

As I've been told, under the law, murder of a police officer carries a death penalty specification without having to prove some of the other elements of a DP case involving an everyday citizen.

The 23-year-old Thompson is sitting at the Summit County Jail and will be arraigned again at the Common Pleas Level in the next few days. His attorney got under quite a few collars last week after telling the media that Thompson planned to plead self-defense. Considering Thompson used his own gun to fire four head shots while Miktarian's gun was still in his holster is a tough sell, and to say it just 36 hours after the murder added salt to the wounds of a great many local police officers.

I'm headed out to a morning press conference and will have the details live on Channel 3 News at noon.

4 comments:

Ben said...

that self-defense argument is one of the worst I have ever heard. I dont know what else he really has though.

Anonymous said...

I'm still wondering why someone with a DUI on his record was allowed to keep his concealed carry permit.

Swanny said...

Anonymous--

A DUI conviction doesn't automatically disqualify someone from obtaining a CCW permit.

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