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Man found guilty in Joplin woman’s death, shooting of wife

September 23, 2021 GMT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Joplin man was convicted Thursday of killing a woman and seriously injuring his estranged wife in a shooting six years ago.

Stephen Thompson, 60, was found guilty of first-degree murder and three other counts in the death of Carissa Gerard and the wounding of his wife, Kristina Thompson.

Prosecutors said Thompson shot Gerard and his estranged wife at a home in west Joplin on June 10, 2015, as they tried to get away from him by climbing over a backyard fence, The Joplin Globe reported.

Thompson was angry that his wife and asked him to leave and moved in with Gerard, prosecutors said.

Defense attorneys argued that Thompson did not commit the shooting with the premeditation required for a first-degree murder conviction. They asked for a second-degree murder conviction.

Thompson was also found guilty of first-degree domestic assault and two counts of armed criminal action. His sentencing was set for Oct. 29.