The co-defendant in the double-homicide of two Fort Stewart soldiers was denied bond in court Monday.
Spec. Phillip Thompson has been charged with two counts of party to the crime of murder for his alleged role in the shooting deaths of Spec. Marquez Brown and Pvt. Malika Jackson on March 5.
The homicides occurred at Brown’s townhome on Rebecca Street in Hinesville.
Last week, bond was also denied for Sgt. Shaquille Deion Craig, the man who allegedly shot both men to death.
Meanwhile, Monday’s hearing shed new light on the case as Hinesville Police Department Detective Jeff Lui testified Thompson drove Craig to the townhome and was inside Brown’s residence when Craig shot the soldiers.
Police said there was a party at Brown’s townhome the night before the men were found dead. In last week’s hearing, Lui said that Craig’s estranged wife attended the party with Jackson.
Craig did not attend the party but was upstairs at a neighboring townhome, and knew his wife was at Brown’s, Lui said.
At Monday’s hearing, Lui said it appears that Jackson had started having a relationship with Craig’s wife.
The married couple had been separated but were not yet divorced.
Lui said Thompson was first questioned by Fort Stewart’s Criminal Investigation Division. During those interviews, Thompson said Craig asked to meet him in the parking lot of the Live Oak Library in Hinesville. Thompson said as Craig walked up to his vehicle, he saw Craig appeared to be carrying a gun at his waist covered by his shirt.
Craig told Thompson that he had followed Jackson back to Brown’s townhome and that Jackson, “has got to go.”
Thompson told Fort Stewart CID that Craig laid out the plan.
Thompson was to go to Brown’s home and “act like you forgot something,” by pretending to have attended the party and leaving something behind.
Thompson allegedly went along with the plan.
Brown let Thompson enter his home, closed the door behind him but left it unlocked.
That is allegedly when Craig came in, shot both men twice and also stabbed Jackson in the throat. The knife was still lodged in Jackson’s throat when police arrived.
Lui said Thompson told investigators that Craig said, “Brown was just a witness we had to get rid of.”
Thompson later helped Craig dispose of the gun and soiled clothing, according to Lui. The detective also said Craig’s marriage was rocky and that his wife had taken protective orders out against Craig.
Thompson’s lawyer, Virginia Brinson, asked the judge to set reasonable bond and presented witnesses.
One witness, Thompson’s mother, Shanita Thompson, said her son is a quiet and religious person who wouldn’t harm anyone.
Atlantic Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Abigail Long said it was obvious those who claimed to know Thompson well didn’t know him at all.
Brinson claimed Thompson has been and continues to be cooperative in the investigation.
Long countered that Thompson has not been cooperative and that he had options which would have prevented the killings.