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Thompson trial on schedule

BY DI STAFF | MAY 12, 2011 7:20 AM

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Attorneys involved in the first-degree murder trial for an Iowa City teen said at a status hearing Wednesday they think things are on course for the trial's September start date.

Charles William Curtis Thompson was charged with the October 2009 shooting death of John Versypt, a landlord of several Broadway buildings. Police believed Thompson planned to rob Versypt.

Thompson later pleaded not guilty to the charge in March 2010. He was not present at the status hearing Tuesday.

Attorneys for the defendant said they did not wish to preview any information that would be presented during the trial Wednesday, opting to wait until all information was filed before looking things over.

Prosecutors at the status hearing also declined discussing possible motions to be filed for the trial, stating they would rather wait until information is gathered and can be looked over.

Thompson's trial is scheduled for Sept. 19.

— by Ariana Witt


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