Javon Thompson, accused of fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend in June, was found guilty of murder today.
Jurors took around six hours to convict the 23-year-old of felony murder, attempted feticide and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was acquitted of a count of malice murder, said Assistant District Attorney Lew Barrow.
Thompson was sentenced to life in prison, followed by five years’ incarceration, by Muscogee County Superior Court Chief Judge John Allen.
“I feel satisfied,” Barrow said at the end of the four-day trial. “He killed that girl.”
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Thompson was accused of shooting 22-year-old Sarahonica Thrasher, who was 7 months pregnant, around 4:45 a.m. June 6 outside of his 23rd Street home after an argument. Thompson drove Thrasher to The Medical Center where an emergency operation occurred to deliver the baby, police have said.
Barrow discussed his version of events when giving his closing arguments. Thrasher had checked her phone around 4:30 a.m. the night of the shooting and then tried to leave Thompson’s home, Barrow said. Something about that phone, maybe related to another man, led to an argument.
“Somebody with bloody hands — we’d submit that would have to be (Thompson) — went through her purse and checked her telephone,” Barrow said. “He still had to see her telephone. He had to know.”
Thompson tossed the gun in a sewer while driving Thrasher to the hospital and he tried to flush marijuana down the toilet when he returned home, the prosecutor said. He didn’t tell hospital staff Thrasher’s or his name. He lied about the shooting, saying it was a drive-by, until he knew the story wouldn’t work, Barrow said.
“Folks, he’s still lying,” Barrow added. “He started lying that morning, and he hasn’t stopped yet.”
The prosecutor reminded jurors about testimony from Thrasher’s mother, who testified that on Mother’s Day Thompson threatened her daughter’s life.
“And what did he say?” Barrow asked. “‘If she leaves me, I will kill her.”
In his arguments, defense attorney Tim Flournoy admitted that the relationship between his client and Thrasher wasn’t perfect, but noted that a neighbor testified she saw the couple that day and noticed they were getting along. He told the jury that it could consider Thompson’s actions before and after the shooting.
“911 was called,” Flournoy said. “Second of all, he took her immediately to the hospital. The question is, can you really define his intent? Because if you can’t, that’s reasonable doubt.”
Flournoy said Thompson panicked and was frightened that night, which led to his false story about a drive-by. Also, a nurse testified that Thompson appeared in shock the night of the shooting, which could explain why he wasn’t thinking clearly, the defense attorney said.
Flournoy, who argued before Barrow, said the prosecutor would talk to jurors about those lies. “But later, he corrected that,” Flournoy added. “You saw him on that video. He was crying ... and he came clean.”