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February 5, 2014

Carlos Thompson charged in fatal shooting

NEW CASTLE — Carlos Thompson did prison time for his role in a homicide nearly 14 years ago.

Now he’s back behind bars, accused in a slaying that occurred last week on the city’s South Side.

New Castle police arrested Thompson, 37, Tuesday afternoon for the Jan. 30 shooting death of Robert Quincy Brown, 35, of 2974 Mercer Road.

New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said officers had identified Thompson with the help of surveillance video from businesses near the shooting scene.

Brown’s body was discovered around 2 a.m. Jan. 30. He was lying in a field near his van, which was behind Lutton’s Garage, running and with its lights on. He had suffered a bullet wound to the head and was dead when the deputy coroner arrived.

His death was the city’s first homicide in more than a year.

Thompson was charged with criminal homicide, first-degree murder, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm.

He was arraigned on those charges Tuesday evening by District Judge Melissa Amodie. He is being held without bond. In Pennsylvania, suspects accused of criminal homicide are not permitted bond.

The criminal complaint filed in Amodie’s office states that two vehicles — Brown’s and the suspect’s — were viewed on video at the scene of the shooting around 1:15 a.m. Jan. 30. The description of the suspect’s vehicle matched one used by Thompson, whom police learned had been involved in an argument with Brown the night of the shooting.

In the video, police said, both men got out of their vehicles and appear to be talking. Then the two men appear to hug and Brown collapses. Police said the suspect bent over Brown’s body, picked something up from the ground and left.

Tuesday, police made contact with Thompson, who agreed to an interview. Officers said that at first, Thompson denied any involvement in the shooting, but later admitted to firing the fatal shot. He told police Brown was angry with him over a prior shooting and Thompson feared that Brown had a gun and intended to shoot him.

Thompson told police he had thrown the gun over the bridge that carries Moravia Street over Neshannock Creek.

In May 2001, Thompson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and a firearms charge in the Feb. 13, 2000, shooting death of William Matthews, a 24-year-old Halco Drive resident. Thompson was shot in the abdomen during the incident by another person. Originally, Thompson was accused of criminal homicide in the case, but that charge was dismissed.

He was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison, followed by five years of probation.

Thompson had completed his jail term and was on probation, but after a hearing in April, Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge J. Craig Cox ordered Thompson’s probation revoked, and he was sentenced to serve three to 23 1/2 months in the county jail.

A preliminary hearing on the charges surrounding Brown’s shooting are scheduled for Feb. 12.

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