Pre-trial hearing set for 2015 Joplin murder case

Stephen Thompson charged with murder
Pre-trial hearing set for 2015 Joplin murder case
Stephen Randell Thompson is charged with murder for a 2015 shooting.

A Joplin, Missouri man accused of shooting and killing Carissa Gerard appeared in court on December 19th, 2018. The defense announced that it would not be presenting a defense of ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’. The courts rescheduled a pre-trial conference for June 18th, 2019.

Stephen Randell Thompson, 57, is charged with first degree murder, first degree domestic assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

Joplin police were called to 4215 W. 26th Place on June 10th, 2015. That’s where Carissa Gerard was killed and Kristina Thompson was critically injured, both from gunshot wounds. Police arrested Stephen Thompson that afternoon.

According to court documents, Thompson commuted more than 96 miles to obtain a twelve gage shotgun. Authorities say he traveled directly to Grove, Oklahoma and bought ammunition for his gun. They allege he then went directly to 4215 W. 26th Place where he identified Carissa Gerard and shot her with a shotgun. She died of her injuries.

While at the home, court documents say Stephen Thompson then shot his estranged wife, Kristina Thompson, numerous times while she was fleeing from him. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition. She survived her wounds.

The Thompsons were both listed as living at that address. Documents show Gerard was also living there at the time of the crime. In 2015, authorities told KOAM and FOX 14 that they believed the incident was the result of an estranged relationship between husband and wife.

Pre-trial hearing set for 2015 Joplin murder case

Authorities say Stephen Thompson has a history of criminal violence. Records show Stephen Thompson had served prison time for writing bad checks and was on parole after 2006. Authorities have investigated multiple reports of violence in the home, including a case in 2013 when Stephen Thompson was accused of choking his wife and stabbing her half-brother. The couple’s one-year-old son was taken from the home in March of 2015 because of suspicions the parents were using meth in the home.