Thompson pleads guilty to lesser charge

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 05, 2011 7:20 AM

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Charles William Curtis Thompson has entered a plea deal with the state following the 2009 shooting death of an Iowa City landlord. He was originally charged with first-degree murder.

Court documents said Thompson, 19, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact, an aggravated misdemeanor on Dec. 2. He also signed court documents stating he knew Justin Marshall — another suspect — committed the slaying of Broadway landlord John Versypt on Oct. 8, 2009.

His plea also said he helped Marshall dispose of his clothing in a Dumpster, he believed Marshall may have been involved in Versypt's death, and he kept this information from police.

A press release from Johnson County prosecutor Janet Lyness said Iowa City police, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and Johnson County Attorney's Office continued their investigation into Versypt's death following Thompson's first-degree murder mistrial in September. The release said they later determined that accessory after the fact was an appropriate resolution for Thompson, and he pleaded guilty on Dec. 2.

Marshall and Courtney White have also been charged with first-degree murder in the Versypt case. They face separate trials in 2012.

Thompson's sentencing is set for June 11, 2012, at 11 a.m.

— by Eric Moore

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