Court affirms 65-year prison term for Dyer wife-killer

2012-10-02T20:00:00Z 2012-10-03T11:48:04Z Court affirms 65-year prison term for Dyer wife-killerDan Carden, (317) 637-9078
October 02, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the murder conviction of a Dyer man who bludgeoned his wife to death inside their home.

Douglas Thompson, 64, was sentenced in December to 65 years in prison for the April 9, 2010, murder of his wife of 41 years, Beverly Thompson, 62.

She was discovered lying dead in a pool of blood after being beaten in the head with a hammer-like object and suffering extensive skull fracturing, cuts and bruising on her brain, according to court records. The murder weapon was never found.

In his appeal, Thompson argued a recording of a meeting he had with police prior to his arrest and evidence seized via search warrant following that meeting shouldn't have been presented at his trial.

In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court rejected Thompson's claims. The court said Thompson did not have to meet with police and spoke to officers despite knowing the conversation was being recorded.

Thompson's request for a reduced sentence based on his lack of a criminal record was also rejected.

The appeals court said Thompson's efforts to make it appear his wife's death was part of a botched robbery and the fact that she was killed by her husband, "a person Beverly should have trusted the most," in their home, "a place where she should have felt safe," justified the 65-year prison sentence.

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