Controversy continues at final hearing |

Controversy continues at final hearing

Like just about every other court hearing in the Russell Thompson case, Monday’s included its share of confusion.A pre-sentence evaluation on Thompson, made available to him immediately before the hearing, claimed he failed a Jan. 26 test for drugs and alcohol. The test came back positive for alleged use of methamphetamine.Thompson vehemently denied in court that he has ever used drugs or alcohol since his arrest in the fatal beating of Timothy “Chico” Destromp on Feb. 10, 2001. “The test itself is wrong or was falsified,” he said.He told Eagle County District Judge Richard Hart that he and the probation officer assigned to his case had a “personality conflict.” He contended she accused him of being a “con man” and told him that if it was up to her, he would be locked up for an extended time.The probation officer wasn’t in court to defend herself. Assistant District Attorney Karen Romeo dismissed the idea that someone falsified the drug test result. However, she acknowledged it came as a surprise.Romeo said she talked to the probation officer who worked on Thompson’s case on March 14 and nothing was said about the alleged positive drug test result. She didn’t learn of the result until Monday. She said the probation officer told her the results from the Jan. 26 test weren’t known March 14, when they last talked.Hart didn’t make an issue of the drug test. Romeo said after the hearing that it didn’t have a bearing on her request for a six-year prison sentence for Thompson.

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