Suspect's mental state questioned in Ricker's gas station murder

Shayne Thompson, 19, accused of shooting clerk

INDIANAPOLIS - Prosecutors are seeking life without the possibility of parole for a man accused of killing a convenience store clerk, but the suspect's attorneys say they are opposing the punishment because of their client's mental state.

Shayne Thompson, 19, is accused of fatally shooting an unarmed clerk at the BP gas station in the 6200 block of West 38th Street. Janai Hudson and Ryan Clark are also charged in the crime, but Thompson is the only one who faces the possibility of life without parole.

Thompson's defense attorneys said that their client is mentally disabled and if convicted, should not receive that punishment.

Deputy Prosecutor John Keiffner said the defense isn't solid.

"The court's expert is of the opinion that this defense is without merit. (Thompson) does not meet the statutory criteria for being mentally (disabled). His intelligence level is limited but the court's appointed expert says the defense does not meet its burden," Keiffner said.

Judge Kurt Eisgruber will rule on the issue. Thompson's trial is scheduled for May 12.

Suspect's mental state questioned in gas station murder

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