Judge orders closed court for Thompson murder trial evidence

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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A 6th District judge on Thursday said evidence presented in support of a motion to dismiss may not be shown in open court during an upcoming first-degree murder retrial.

Judge Sean McPartland said he would need to review the defense's evidence and testimony before they could be shown in court, because they could affect the fairness of the jury and retrial for Charles William Curtis Thompson.

Thursday's hearing was a continuation of a hearing regarding the defense's motion to dismiss held Oct. 20.

Thompson, 19, was charged in October 2009 with the first-degree murder in the shooting death of Broadway landlord John Versypt. His trial began in September and ended in mistrial after the prosecution presented evidence that the judge had previously said could not be shown to the jury.

The retrial is scheduled for Dec. 5.

— by Eric Moore

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