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[IP] Man charged in killing wife w/insulin

July 27, 2001

Pike County man charged with killing wife with insulin
Associated Press Writer

PETERSBURG, Ind. -- A Pike County man admitted Thursday he used an overdose of
insulin to kill his wife -- a woman he met while serving a prison sentence in

Charles Thompson of Winslow, who had been jailed since the day after his wife,
Patricia's, Jan. 11 death on a weapons charge, was arrested on a voluntary
manslaughter charge Thursday morning, pleaded guilty during a court hearing in
the afternoon and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

He then thanked the arresting officer on his way out of court and back to

"He's been very open with us, friendly and cordial during our conversations,"
said Detective Mike Hildebrand of the Indiana State Police.

Thompson offered no remorse for the slaying during the hearing, but admitted
he did it when asked by Pike Circuit Judge Lee Baker.

The Thompsons met while he was serving 12 years in an Illinois prison for his
1986 convictions of murder, arson and armed robbery, Thompson's lawyer said.
They moved to Pike County, where Patricia Thompson was from.

Patricia Thompson was diabetic and her husband sometimes helped her administer
her insulin. On Jan. 11, after she received a grand jury subpoena to testify
against him, the couple argued, and later that night he gave her three high
doses of insulin in her left thigh, investigators said.

Thompson was convicted July 9 in federal court of unlawful possession of a
firearm. He was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison and five years
supervised release. The state and federal sentences will be served
concurrently in a federal prison, Baker said.
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