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February 25, 2014

Accused's fiance gives chilling testimony at prelim., trial will occur

Defense looks to establish Thompson as drug, alcohol abuser



"They (the police) said yes," Garner said. 

Thompson's defense attorney Mitch Solomon cross examined Garner and pointed out she and Thompson's use of prescription drugs, including Lortab, . He asked Garner if she and Thompson abused Lortab, which led Hicks to object multiple times. 

Solomon also pointed to the frequency with which Thompson and Garner would consume alcohol. Eventually,Garner said she had a problem with alcohol. 

Solomon asked if Thompson's withdrawn and emotionless appearance on the couch was normal for him and Garner replied no. 

Solomon also addressed alleged text messages between Garner and Thompson, where Thompson expressed he did not want Maisano brought to their house and he was concerned that her relationship with Garner would affect their own. That line of questioning was dropped after Hicks objected.

Following a lunch recess the prosecution called Thompson's father and cousin the stand. 

Thompson's cousin, James Luke, said Thompson called him the morning of June 27 claiming he had "killed Katie's girlfriend with a shotgun." 

"He said he was glad to get ahold of me because he loved me and he said I wouldn't be seeing him again because his life was over," Luke said. 

Thompson was not typically emotional, according to Luke, but on the phone call he was described as hysterical. 

"He said Katie had been cheating on him (Thompson) and he figured it out," Luke said. 

Thompson is accused of murder in the first degree and could face the death penalty. His formal arraignment is scheduled for March 13 at 1:30 p.m. 

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