After he finished mowing, he knocked on their door, but no one answered and he couldn’t hear anyone inside, so he left. When his son called him and said something went wrong, he hung up and headed back home, he said.
When he got back to Amber, he went back over to his son’s house, knocked on the door again and again, but no one answered, he testified.
Luke said Thompson sounded emotional over the phone the morning after the incident. Thompson told Luke he was about to kill himself.
“He told me he wanted me to let my children and all the family know he loved them and he’s sorry,” Luke said. “(The phone call) ended with us both saying we loved each other.”
Luke then called him back about five minutes later and Thompson asked if he had called the sheriff’s office. Luke said no but encouraged Thompson to call them and let them know what was going on.
“I said, ‘Do it. Please call the police. I’ll help you out. I love you,’” Luke said.
Luke told Thompson he didn’t know what he was doing and that he shouldn’t hurt himself. Shortly after, Luke called law enforcement, but after being put on hold, he decided to go to the sheriff’s office himself.
Neither Phil Thompson nor James Luke were questioned by the defense.
Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks is leading prosecution in the case.
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