Murder Suspect Makes His First Appearance

PANAMA CITY-- Investigators say 41 year old Derrick Thompson confessed to shooting 66 year old Allen Johnson at Johnson's home Monday.

They also say he confessed to murdering two other people in Santa Rosa County over the weekend.

Wednesday Thompson was charged with an open count of murder in the death of Johnson.

Judge Joe Grammer read a request from Thompson asking for a public defender, but he was denied because his income of $60,000 a year was above the required level.

Judge Grammer set his arraignment for August 19th and ordered him held without bond.


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