Prosecutor drops charge against Muskogee man in murder case
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
1/01/13 at 6:12 AM
A charge of being an accessory after the fact to a murder was dismissed Monday against a Muskogee man.
The charge was dismissed at a prosecutor's request against John Jamel Thompson, 21.
In that charge, he was accused of lying to police in an effort to conceal the identities of C.C. Johnson and Demarco Page in a murder-shooting case.
Attorney Brian Martin, representing Thompson, indicated that District Judge William Kellough previously suppressed as evidence statements that Thompson made to a police detective.
The dismissal entitles Thompson to be released from jail, Martin said.
In June, a Tulsa County jury found C.C. Johnson, now 23, guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Bryshell Downing, 20.
The Tulsa woman was shot in the head in March 2011 while in a vehicle near 17th Street and Garnett Road.
Prosecutors maintained that Johnson fired shots while a passenger in a car driven by Page, 20.
Police received information that Thompson was in the car with the other two defendants, court records show.
Johnson was also found guilty of three counts of shooting with intent to kill.
Kellough sentenced Johnson, in accordance with the jury's decision, to a no-parole life prison term for murder. Johnson incurred a consecutive 50-year term in connection with other counts.
Page awaits trial on murder and shooting counts.
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