Judge postpones more deadlines for Karl Thompson's defense

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by Katie Utehs & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 8:22 PM

SPOKANE-- The judge presiding over the Karl Thompson case has now postponed more deadlines for Thompson's defense.
           
Thompson was convicted of excessive force and lying to investigators in November and has since been out of custody pending sentencing.
           
The sentence was postponed so the defense could file a motion for a new trial. Now the judge has extended that deadline while he decides whether or not to let Thompson's defense interview a video expert.

In the nearly three months since Karl Thompson's conviction the defense and prosecution have battled in court filings.
           
They argue whether Thompson should get a new trial and if not, what his sentencing range should be.
           
A presentencing report says Thompson does not qualify for a sentence reduction because "he does not meet the criteria for acceptance of responsibility."
           
Thompson's defense disagrees saying, "Thompson has and continues to express remorse regarding Otto Zehm's death and agrees that this case presents both a private and public tragedy."
           
The U.S. Attorneys Office fired back saying Thompson has not accepted responsibility; instead he blames the victim. "He has doggedly attempted to shift the blame for his willful deprivation of Otto Zehm's constitutional rights onto Zehm himself."
           
Prosecutors said they would seek a sentence of six to eight years.
           
The judge has not ruled on what Thompson’s sentencing range will be.

As of now, there's no deadline in sight for when Thompson may get a new trial or be sentenced for his conviction.

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