New evidence in case against Kimberly Thompson further delays trial start date

As new evidence is brought to light in the case against Kimberly Thompson, the defense asked Monday that the trial be postponed until April of 2018.

Preparations for the trial were set to begin Monday.

Thompson was charged with the murder of Charles Mayo in January of 2016, almost one month after the police found Mayo suffering from multiple gunshot wounds behind 1936 Bennett Pl., NE. According to the police, Mayo attempted to identify his shooter but was in too much distress to do more than point at an apartment building. He died a week later in an area hospital.

A red baseball cap, along with other pieces of evidence, have recently been discovered and may provide weight to the trial, the defense argued Monday morning. Thompson’s attorneys asked Judge Lyn Leibovitz that they be given enough time to test the new evidence for DNA.

Upon granting the defense continuance, the prosecution made great efforts to push the start of the trial back even further. However, Leibovitz settled for nothing later than April 30, 2018, which will mark over two years since Mayo’s death.

The evidence, as well as motions made by both sides, will be discussed in court on October 27.


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