Nov. 14, 2012 —
“I was told that I might lose permanent custody of my kids if I testified on behalf of Jeff,” Thompson said.
Thompson testified that the alleged victim told her that Roe had offered to buy her a cell phone, but not about his alleged proposal of the gift in exchange for sex.
According to case notes by Trooper Hedges, Thompson first claimed the child did not tell her about the cell phone on Sept. 30, but then told him a few minutes later that an argument between Roe and herself was about his propositioning the child in exchange for a phone.
Thompson said she spent six months in jail for not following a court order to keep Roe away from the children.
She claimed she had no idea Roe was living in the camper so close to her home. Before being dismissed from the stand, Thompson began to weep.
“He said he didn’t do anything,” Thompson said. “I don’t know who to believe. I am still so confused.”
Both parties agreed that the final witness would be heard Wednesday morning. The trial will resume at 10:30 a.m. and Judge Phillips said she hopes that jury deliberation could begin shortly after lunch.
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