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Crime/Courts

February 26, 2014

Judge deems man fit for trial, rules probable cause in murder case

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At some point during the assault, Thompson had turned away and Garner said she remembered nodding toward Maisano and looking at the spare bedroom, signaling that at the next opportunity, they would try to get to the bedroom and get away from Thompson.

She remembers making an attempt to get to the spare bedroom but said she must have lost consciousness before getting there. The next morning, she woke up covered in blood with a bloody pillow lying underneath her head on the spare bedroom floor.

“I figured out I was able to crawl. It was hard to see, I was bleeding out of my eyes,” Garner said. “I saw Sara’s legs hanging off the bed, so I grabbed her leg to shake her.”

There was no response. Garner crawled out of the bedroom, locking the bedroom door behind her to try and protect Maisano if Thompson was still in the house, she said.

She found Thompson sitting on the couch with his head down.

“How do you feel about me killing your homegirl?” Garner said Thompson asked her.

When she asked what he was talking about, he repeated the question. The whole time, Thompson’s voice was very flat and emotionless, Garner said.

Afterward, she remembers Thompson pacing back and forth, talking on the phone and then hearing Thompson’s father’s truck pull up as Thompson said, “Go, go, go” and left the residence.

Thompson’s father, Phil Thompson, also testified Tuesday. The only time he said he talked to his son June 27 was whenever Thompson called him while he was at the grocery store. However, he said he had been over to their house to mow their lawn, as well as after his son called him that morning.

While he was mowing, he moved a white phone out of his way, near the passenger side of Garner’s vehicle, which he picked up and placed on the front porch railing.

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