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UPDATED: Jackson man accused of murdering mother

Nicholas Thompson

JACKSON — A Jackson man has been charged with murdering his mother in their shared home.

Charges were filed Wednesday against Nicholas S. Thompson, 28, in relation to the early July death of his mother, Rebecca G. Thompson, 51, of Jackson.

Thompson faces one count of second-degree intentional murder and two counts of second-degree unintentional murder. The felony-level offenses are punishable up to 40 years imprisonment.

Thompson appeared Friday in Jackson County District Court for a bail study hearing, where Fifth Judicial District Judge Darci Bentz set a $1 million conditional bail and $2 million unconditional bail.

The charges filed Wednesday are the reaction to a recently released autopsy report that indicates Rebecca Thompson likely died as the result of strangulation.  

According to the criminal complaint, emergency personnel received a July 1 911 call indicating that there was a “person down” in a home in the 100 block of Circle Drive.

Emergency personnel began CPR, and the AED instructed that no shock was advised, so they continued CPR, the complaint continues.

Rebecca Thompson was transported to Jackson Medical Center and later to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. She died July 4 as a result of her injuries, the complaint details.  

The residence was shared by Rebecca Thompson, Nicholas Thompson and Rebecca’s mother, Maxine Garber.

According to interviews with Nicholas Thompson and Garber, both were inside the residence when Rebecca Thompson was found unconscious. Nicholas Thompson claimed to have been drinking at the residence, and guessed he consumed approximately half a bottle of Scotch whiskey. When he returned from the basement to retrieve more ice, he heard his grandmother calling for help, he stated.

According to the Ramsey County Assistant Medical Examiner, it is highly unlikely Garber — a 5 foot, 110-pound woman — could have afflicted the injuries discovered on Rebecca Thompson, a 5-foot-6-inch, 166 pound woman.

The complaint identifies Nicholas Thompson as 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He has had two prior domestic violence convictions in the past 10 years, including misdemeanor assault in 2012 in Dickinson County, Iowa and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault in 2016 in Jackson County.

Thompson is scheduled to make a 10 a.m. Sept. 12 initial appearance in Jackson County District Court.