Prosecutors Plan to Seek Death Penalty on Santa Rosa County Man

Prosecutors say they're going after the death penalty against a Santa Rosa County man accused of murdering a local businessman.

41 year old Derrick Ray Thompson was back in court Tuesday for his arraignment on first degree murder charges.

Prosecutors told the judge they plan to seek the death penalty if Thompson is convicted of killing 66 year old former Bay County Sheriff's Deputy and local businessman Allen Johnson.

Thompson' s public defender entered a not guilty plea and waived his right to a speedy trial.

Investigators believe Thompson showed-up at Johnson's Lynn Haven home on Sunday July 20th, the day after he shot and killed a Santa Rosa County couple and stole their vehicle.

They say Johnson was unaware of those crimes when he allowed Thompson to stay Sunday night.

The next morning Thompson allegedly killed Johnson then stolen his pick-up truck.

Members of the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Thompson on Tuesday morning July 22nd, at a park in Troy, Alabama.

It's still unclear if Thompson will be tried in Bay County first, or Santa Rosa County.

For now he's being held in the Bay County Jail without bond.


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