Victory in Thompson case

As others have noted, Aaron Thompson was convicted of 31 counts, including child abuse resulting in death in the case of his daughter Aarone, who was reported missing in 2005 but is believed to have been killed about two years before. Aaron was acquitted of 24 counts, mostly related to the alleged abuse of the seven other children in his household, but this is definitely a victory for the prosecution. He faces 48 years in prison.

The jury was out deliberating for over a week. It looks like they took their job seriously and I’m glad of it.

Now, if only Aaron would ‘fess up and tell us where the body is. But why should he do that, what does he have to gain? And why should a psychopath do something for nothing?

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News on murder-without-a-body cases

The jury in the Aarone Thompson trial has still not reached a verdict, and it’s been over a week. They say the longer a jury is out, the more likely they are to acquit or to hang. But in this case they’re considering dozens of charges. I have confidence that they will do their duty.

A trial date has been set for Geralyn Graham, the accused murderer of Rilya Wilson. Rilya’s case gained national notoriety when it was discovered that she, a Florida foster child, had been missing for a year and a half without the Florida Department of Children and Families finding out. Geralyn was her foster mother. I’m a bit concerned about this case. Geralyn killed Rilya, I’m quite sure — but can they prove it? There’s very little evidence and a principal witness has backed out. Anyway, Geralyn is scheduled to be tried in March. She could face the death penalty if convicted.

Two suspects have finally been indicted in the presumed kidnapping and murder of Donald Dietz, a Michigan man who disappeared in September 2007. He was vulnerable — one account I read said he was autistic, though I’m not sure how they’d know — and he had a lot of money, and the police think these two guys killed him and stole his identity. Another article is here.

Still no verdict from Thompson jury

The jurors in the Aarone Thompson case have been deliberating for three days without reaching a verdict, and now they’re taking the weekend off. This doesn’t surprise me. It was a long trial and a complicated one, and they have like 60 charges to consider. I’m glad they’re taking the time to think about it.

Articles:

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The Denver Post

Jury deliberations in Thompson trial begin

Aaron Thompson’s trial in the murder of his daughter Aarone is over and now the jury is deliberating. He’s facing like sixty child abuse related charges, including causing Aarone’s death. Fingers crossed, everybody. This man is scum and deserves whatever time they can throw at him. But it doesn’t help that there’s a dead person — Aaron’s girlfriend — to try to pin all the blame on.

This Denver Post editorial says a lot of the things I think about this case.

Aaron Thompson admits his daughter is dead

A few days ago I wrote about the trial opening for Aaron Thompson, who’s charged with, among other things, child abuse resulting in death in the case of his missing daughter Aarone. Well, in the opening statements yesterday, Aaron’s attorney acknowledged the child was dead. As most people predicted, Aaron’s story is going to be that his girlfriend Shely Lowe killed Aarone and Aaron only helped her cover it up. Lowe is the perfect person to put the blame on, as she died in 2006 and can’t defend herself.

This is the same defense Michelle Pulsifer‘s mom used, blaming Michelle’s death on her boyfriend who had died by the time of the trial. It worked for Michelle’s mother, though only after two trials and two hung juries. (A few months ago I heard from one of the jurors in the second trial. Now I understand a little better why they couldn’t agree to convict her.) I think it’s going to be harder for Aaron Thompson, though. Aarone’s case is much fresher than Michelle’s — Aaron is going to trial three and a half years after his daughter’s disappearance was reported, whereas Michelle’s mother wasn’t tried until thirty-eight years after Michelle was last seen. Also, Aaron is a man. People tend to believe, correctly or otherwise, a man would be much more likely to abuse his children than a woman would.

And one other thing: if Aaron is only covering up Aarone’s death and didn’t actually kill her, why hasn’t he lead the cops to the body?

Aaron Thompson finally goes to trial

Jury selection began today in the murder trial of Aaron Thompson, who’s accused of murdering his daughter Aarone (pronounced Aaron-ay, I think). Aarone’s case is particularly sad. Aaron took her and her siblings away from their mother in Michigan and moved to Colorado in 2001. He shacked up with Shely Lowe. The family — Aaron, Aarone, her brother, Lowe, Lowe’s brother and Lowe’s five children, that’s ten people — were living in Aurora when Aaron reported his daughter missing in November 2005. He said she ran away after an argument about a cookie.

Aaron’s story quickly fell apart. There was no indication of Aarone’s presence in the house — no bed or toothbrush for her, no recent pictures. She hadn’t been enrolled in school. She hadn’t been to see a doctor in several years. Most tellingly, her siblings, once they got away from their parents, told the police they hadn’t seen Aarone in about a year and a half. The Thompson/Lowe home was in bad shape and the children were all being abused; hardly a day went by when at least one of them wasn’t beaten for trivial reasons. All the children were taken into foster care. Lowe was pregnant when Aarone disappeared, and when the baby was born it too was taken from her. The police openly said Aarone had been murdered and they had a pretty good idea who did it.

Unfortunately, Lowe is beyond earthly justice — she died of heart disease shortly after her baby was born. She was only in her early thirties. Aaron was indicted on sixty charges, including Aarone’s murder and the abuse of the other children in the household, in May 2007. If he gets convicted he could get 48 years to life in prison. Aarone’s murder may be hard to pin on him. The defense can always blame Lowe, and she can’t say anything about it. But it sounds like it would be easy to convict Aaron of abusing his other kids, and he would serve substantial time for that.

That poor little girl never had a chance. Her so-called caregivers made her life a misery and ended it all too soon, then buried her body in some makeshift grave like so much garbage. Her siblings said she was locked in the closet a lot as punishment. One article I read said Aarone would stick her fingers out under the door and one of her siblings would touch them, just to let her know they were there. It’s just so incredibly sad — all the more so since Aarone’s mother is apparently a decent enough woman and, if Aaron hadn’t stolen the children, Aarone would probably be alive and well today. The case reminds me so much of Peter Kema‘s 1997 disappearance in Hawaii.

No prison sentence would be sufficient for Aaron Thompson, I’m afraid. I just hope the jury realizes this as well.

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