February 25, 2014

Prelim. hearing today for man accused in June Amber murder


Steven Thompson, the man accused of killing Sara Maisano with a shotgun in June, will be in court today for his preliminary hearing. 

"No evidence has been presented yet and this has been continued for a couple  of different reasons," Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks said. "We will do our preliminary hearing, which I expect will be fairly quick." 

Hick said he fully expects this case will not end in a plea bargain, but will see a trial date.  

Maisano, the daughter of  Norman Deputy Police Chief Jim Maisano,  was allegedly shot and killed by Thompson late on June 26, 2013 in Amber. 

Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said in a 2013 interview, Thompson walked into his house and for some reason became enraged at the sight of his fiance,' Katie Garner and Maisano together.

"According to Garner, he started beating both her and the victim with his hands and the butt of a shotgun," Weir said.

Garner passed out after sustaining multiple injuries. She awoke a few hours later to find Maisano on her bed, who she thought was sleeping, Weir said.

"She was walking out when Thompson walked into the room, pushed her back and told her (Garner) that he had killed Maisano," Weir said.

The mortal injury sustained by Maisano was indicative of a close ranged shotgun blast to the head, said Weir.

Garner was treated for multiple injuries at an Oklahoma City hospital.

Thompson was booked into the Grady County Jail and charged with murder in the first degree, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery following the incident.

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