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Beating suspect arrested

A man under suspicion of using his fists to beat a friend to death in El Jebel 3 1/2 years ago was arrested in Colorado Springs last month for allegedly punching his girlfriend until she passed out.Russell Kyle Thompson, 41, was arrested Aug. 6 for allegedly attacking Lisa A. Milloy in the apartment they share. He was charged with second-degree assault, menacing and a crime of violence, according to an El Paso County court clerk.Thompson is still facing a charge in Eagle County in the death of Timothy “Chico” Destromp in February 2001. Investigators with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office claimed Thompson and Destromp got in a fight while drinking beer and vodka in Destromp’s apartment. They claimed that Thompson threw so many punches that every bone in Destromp’s face was broken.Thompson was tried on a charge of second-degree murder and convicted by a jury of the lesser charge of manslaughter. The conviction was thrown out by an Eagle County district judge for technical reasons.

He was scheduled to be retried Sept. 23 for manslaughter. It’s uncertain if the new arrest will affect that trial date.In the Colorado Springs case, Milloy told police that Thompson became angry the morning of Aug. 6 because he thought she hid some of his personal items from him, according to the police report.”She opened the refrigerator door to try to prevent him from attacking her,” the police report says.Thompson allegedly hit Milloy on the left side of her face numerous times and fractured three of her ribs. Milloy told police she passed out during the beating and sought help that afternoon at a hospital. Authorities there contacted police.Police allegedly saw bruises on her face, back and side. A doctor confirmed that Milloy’s ribs were broken.

Police visited the apartment a couple times that day but couldn’t find Thompson, according to the report. They eventually located him there and arrested him at 8:20 p.m.Thompson told the arresting officers “you’re making a mistake,” the report says. He claimed his girlfriend made the story up about the beating and that she would “recant.” But Milloy didn’t recant when contacted by police after the arrest.Thompson was booked into the El Paso County Jail and released on $2,000 bond.The Eagle County District Attorney’s office learned about the arrest this week and asked Judge Richard Hart to sign a warrant for Thompson’s arrest for allegedly breaking conditions on his bond in the Destromp case. He is supposed to steer clear of legal trouble while out on bond.

The warrant was signed Tuesday. Detectives with the “fugitives unit” of the Colorado Springs Police Department arrested Thompson at 8:30 a.m. yesterday. Thompson is being held on $200,000 bond in the El Paso County Jail and is facing extradition to Eagle County Jail.Thompson’s sister, Deedee Young, claimed Thompson was at work at the time Milloy claimed the beating took place. He was helping his landlord on various projects in exchange for rent, she said.Young claimed that Milloy invented the story about the beating because she was mad that Thompson wanted to leave her. Young predicted that the assault charges will be dropped or found to be invalid in the Colorado Springs case.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com


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