Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ohio Strangulation/Shooting Leaves Two Dead

"WEST JEFFERSON, OH - West Jefferson police say a man meticulously and methodically planned every detail of a murder-suicide in what was apparently, until recently, a trouble-free relationship.

"Teddy Thompson, 50, used a belt to strangle his longtime girlfriend Mary Kington, 56, of Worthington late Saturday night in his West Jefferson apartment in Madison County, said Police Sgt. Terry Ward.

"Then, he carefully put her in bed, placed her hands across her chest and tucked her in under the covers. He lay down next to her and shot himself once in the head with a .38-caliber revolver.

"Authorities found the couple just after 10 p.m. Sunday after Kington's daughter called police and said she hadn't heard from her mother in more than a day.

"'People are saying this had been a pleasant relationship,' Ward said. 'Then recently, something happened and the mother told the daughter if she came up dead, Teddy Thompson did it.'

"Kington was a home health-care worker who cared for the elderly and had three children and a grandson.

"Thompson had been planning the deaths for at least two weeks, Ward said."

From the Columbus Dispatch...

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