Stephen Thompson Trial: Day Two


((JOPLIN, Mo.)) September 21, 2021 4:04 PM: In a walk-through of the crime scene with Stephen Thompson and the Joplin Police Department, Thompson said after he killed Carissa Girard, he tried to shoot Kristina Thompson one more time. She made it to the neighbor’s house before he could, which saved her life.

September 21, 2021 2:56 PM: Stephen Thompson told Detective Barnett in the interview, “B!+@& got what she needed…It is what it is…I’m glad I did it.” “I just got fed up. I planned this.” He says he got high the night before, made a Facebook account and saw photos of his estranged wife and her new girlfriend. It “ate at” him.

September 21, 2021 2:40 PM: Joplin Police Department Detective Justin Barnett interviewed Stephen Thompson two hours after the incident. He said Thompson’s demeanor was “calm” and he didn’t appear to be under the influence. In the interview, Thompson said he wanted to “put an end to some bulls#!& that’s going on. Hopefully I did.”

September 21, 2021 10:07 AM: Kristina Thompson was the first person on the stand this morning. She said when Stephen Thompson entered the home where she and Carissa Girard lives, they heard his voice and recognized it immediately. She said the door opened and she heard a gunshot, the bullet hit Girard. The two women escaped out of the window, but weren’t in the clear. Thompson said she climbed the fence and was shot. She felt a “huge blast, hot fire pain.” She fell backwards. She said she saw Girard laying there, and Thompson drug herself to the neighbor’s back door, “holding my guts in.” She banged on their door to get their attention. She spent two and a half months in the hospital and still has gunshot pellets in her body.

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