THOMPSON, JERRY K. # 85 & # 95
KILLED ON DEATH ROW 10-27-02
DOB: 03-17-1961 DOC#: 860214 White Male
Marion County Superior Court
R. Barney, Jr.
V. Commons, Lawrence O. Sells
Defense: Robert V.
Clutter, Jeffrey A. Baldwin
Date of Murder: March
Victim(s): Melvin Hillis
W/M/68; Robert Beeler W/M/47 (No relationship to
Method of Murder:
shooting with handgun
Summary: Hillis and his employee, Robert Beeler,
were shot to death during a robbery by Thompson at Hills
Auto Sales on Brookville Road in Indianapolis. The
handgun used by Thompson was previously owned by Wesley
Crandall. Evidence that Thompson was convicted of
murdering Crandall in New Castle was admitted at the
guilt trial as well as the penalty phase.
Trial: Information/PC for Murder filed (04-28-92); Amended Information for DP filed (03-02-94); Voir Dire (03-04-96, 03-05-96, 03-06-96); Jury Trial (03-07-96, 03-08-96, 03-09-96, 03-11-96); Verdict (03-12-96); DP Trial (03-12-96); Verdict (03-13-96); Court Sentencing (05-24-96).
Conviction: Murder (2
counts), Robbery (2 counts)
Sentencing: May 25, 1996
(Death Sentence, 40 years)
b (1) Robbery, 2 murders, Convicted of another murder
dysfunctional family, difficult family upbringing
Thompson v. State, 690 N.E.2d 224 (Ind. December 23, 1997)
Conviction Reversed 5-0 DP Vacated 5-0
(Details of prior murder, and Thompson's conviction of that murder,
should not have been admitted, even though murder weapon was stolen from
prior murder victim)
Boehm Opinion; Shepard, Dickson, Sullivan, Selby, concur
Voir Dire (04-24-00, 04-25-00, 04-26-00; Jury Trial (04-26-00, 04-27-00, 04-28-00, 04-29-00); Verdict (04-29-00); DP Sentencing Hearing (05-01-00, 05-02-00, 05-03-00); Verdict (05-03-00; Court Sentencing (09-29-00).
A Marion Superior Court jury again found Thompson guilty of two counts of Murder, two counts of Felony-Murder, two counts of Robbery and Carrying a Handgun Without a License, and again recommended a death sentence on May 3, 2000. Thompson was again sentenced to death on September 29, 2000 by Marion County Superior Court Judge Tonya Walton Pratt
Thompson v. State, 671 N.E.2d 1165 (Ind. 1996).
(Direct appeal of 90 year sentence and conviction for unrelated murder/habitual offender in Henry County - Affirmed)
ON OCTOBER 27, 2002, THOMPSON WAS FOUND DEAD IN THE RECREATION AREA OF A CELLBLOCK ON “X ROW” AT THE INDIANA STATE PRISON IN MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA. THOMPSON SUFFERED SEVERAL FATAL STAB WOUNDS. AT THE TIME, THOMPSON WAS ON DIRECT APPEAL FROM HIS DEATH SENTENCE FOLLOWING A RETRIAL IN MARION COUNTY.
As of July 1, 2006