Thomas found guilty on all charges

Published 4:26 pm Thursday, March 1, 2012

John Lewis Thomas, Jr. is led from the courthouse by Chief Deputy Jimmy Lecroy and deputy Mason Adcock.

After less than two hours of deliberation on Thursday afternoon, the jury in the capital murder case of John Lewis Thomas, Jr. returned a verdict: guilty on all charges.

Thomas faced six charges related to the deaths of Charles Kelley and Patricia Barginere at Kelley’s Grocery in Highland Home on Aug. 28, 2008, including three counts of capital murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of first degree robbery.

Thomas originally pleaded “not guilty by reason of mental defect,” but the mental defect portion of the plea was withdrawn and the plea stood as “not guilty.”

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The two possible sentences for a capital murder conviction are life in prison or the death sentence, and the sentencing phase of the trial will begin at 9 a.m. Monday morning.

More information concerning Thursday’s verdict and the closing arguments leading up to it will be posted on Friday.