Former MS corrections officer to stand trial for second-degree murder

Former MS corrections officer to stand trial for second-degree murder
Ray Thompson/Photo credit: HPD

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A former Mississippi Department of Corrections officer charged with a 2014 murder will stand trial this week for the shooting death of a Hattiesburg man.

Ray Allen Thompson, 47, who was working as the courtesy officer at Pinehaven Apartments, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 38-year-old Oliver Griffin.

On April 27, 2014, just after 6 p.m., Hattiesburg police responded to the shooting at 571 Helveston Road to find Griffin in the parking lot suffering from a  gunshot wound.

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"There was a domestic disturbance in the complex, and (Ray Allen) Thompson, who was the courtesy officer for the complex, went to investigate the situation," said the Hattiesburg Police Department previously through an official release. "The deceased (Griffin) was involved in the domestic disturbance, and they ended up in the parking lot where the shooting took place."

Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem said the preliminary autopsy showed that Griffin died from a single gunshot wound to the left side of his chest.

Thompson posted a $50,000 bond on April 28, 2014, and was released from the Forrest County Jail.

The trial is set to begin Tuesday with jury selection before Judge Bob Helfrich.