Posted: Aug 6, 2013 2:52 PM by Victoria Fregoso - MTN News
Updated: Aug 6, 2013 4:33 PM
BILLINGS - The 19-year-old Billings man accused of killing his great-grandmother in July has resisted extradition from Colorado for a second time.
Robert Thompson, who's being held as a fugitive in Denver, faces one charge of deliberate homicide for the death of his 77-year-old great-grandmother Shirley Lawrence.
Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said a status hearing was held on Aug. 5 in a Colorado court. During the hearing Thompson refused to waive his right to extradition for a second time.
Twito says Yellowstone County will proceed with the request for a Governor's Warrant for Thompson's return to Montana. The warrant could be granted as soon as next week. Once the warrant is granted, the state has 60 days to travel to Denver and pick up Thompson.
Another status hearing was set for August 26. Twito says this allows the court system to keep track of extradition progress.
The body of Thompson's great-grandmother was discovered in her south side home on July 19. Court documents state Thompson said he was at his great grandmother's house on Murphy Drive that morning when they started talking about his need to find a job.
Thompson told investigators he got angry and hit Lawrence in the back of the head and then stabbed her in the chest after she made a comment that "He was going to be just like his father."
The documents go on to say Thompson then removed several items from her home and fled Billings in her car. Thompson was arrested by Denver police the next day when he confessed to the crime.
Twito said once the Governor's Warrant is granted the state plans on retrieving Thompson immediately. If convicted of deliberate homicide, Thompson could face up to life in prison.