Appeals Court upholds Conviction in Berrien County Murder Case

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LANSING, MI – On Thursday March 15th, 2018, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a man in a murder case from 2015 in Benton Harbor.Roy Michael Thompson

Roy Michael Thompson, 33-years-old, of Benton Harbor, was convicted in the December 2015 murder of David Krieger. Roy Thompson filed an appeal of his conviction based on his belief that the prosecution failed to exclude the possibility of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt during his trial.

The Michigan Court of Appeals disagreed with Roy Thompson and upheld his conviction. Thompson was convicted of convictions of second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The trial court sentenced him as a third-offense habitual
offender, to 420 to 720 months’ imprisonment for second-degree murder, 57 to 120 months’ imprisonment for felon-in-possession, and 57 to 120 months’ imprisonment for carrying a concealed weapon. The sentences are running concurrent to each other and consecutive to on a 2-year sentence for felony-firearm.

Roy Thompson was convicted in the shooting death of David Krieger on December 11th, 2015. David and his brother, Stephen Krieger, both worked at their family’s business, Michiana Supply, Inc., an industrial hose and rubber supply company located on Milton Street in Benton Harbor.

Each day, on his way to a nearby shopping plaza where he sold DVDs, Thompson would walk by a house belonging to a Tammicia Johnson and he would then cut across a grassy area next to Michiana’s parking lot.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. on December 15th, Roy Thompson walked his usual route. David Krieger was outside, in Michiana’s fenced-in backyard.  David yelled at Thompson, ordering him to stop kicking Tammicia Johnson’s dog. Kreiger then went inside Michiana and out the front door to confront Roy. David again yelled at him about the dog, telling him to stay off Michiana’s property because “we don’t allow dog abusers on our property.”

Stephen Krieger, who witnessed the confrontation, testified that David put both his hands out and said “don’t come on our property.” Stephen testified that after David put his hands out, Roy Thompson immediately “stepped back”, then reached into his right pocket, pulled out a gun, raised it, and “fired a bullet right into David’s chest.”

Samuel Shade, a Michiana employee, and Joseph Williams, who was driving by on Milton, saw David push Roy Thompson and then saw Thompson shoot David.

David Krieger died at the scene. After Thompson shot and killed David, Stephen Krieger and Roy Thompson exchanged gunfire, but none of the shots hit anyone. Thompson then fled the scene.

The earliest that Roy Thompson is eligible for parole is 2052.  He will be 67-years-old.