Jury reaches verdict in Ray Thompson murder trial

Jury reaches verdict in Ray Thompson murder trial

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The jury reached a verdict in the murder trial for Ray Thompson Wednesday afternoon.

Thompson is a former Mississippi Department of Corrections officer accused of killing a man in 2014.

He was found not guilty of second-degree murder.

The jury deliberated just over two hours, and they returned a not guilty verdict for Ray Thompson in the death of Oliver Griffin.

Thompson was charged in the 2014 shooting death of Griffin, 38, at Pinehaven apartments in Hattiesburg.

He was working as the courtesy officer at the apartment complex at the time.

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.

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 began on Monday, and continued on Tuesday, where the prosecutors for the case included DeCarlo Hood and Jack Denton, who are assistant district attorneys for the 12th district.

The defense was represented by Meredith Coxwell and Chuck Mullins from Jackson.

Griffin's children gave emotional testimonies about what they saw the night their father got shot.

Hattiesburg Crime Scene Investigator Jeff Byrd testified and went over the crime scene photos with the jury as well as HPD officer Brandon Badon, who said he worked as courtesy officer for the same company, but at a different location.