Scottie Thompson, on Parole for Murder, Kills Dakota Jones in "Tragic, Random" Slaying: Cops

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Scottie Thompson.
Centreville resident Scottie Thompson, 41, was on parole for a 1989 murder when he allegedly killed a twenty-year-old Cahokia resident in a horrific beating over the weekend that prosecutors are labeling a "tragic, random act of violence."

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons charged Thompson yesterday with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Dakota Jones, whose body was found in the floating in the lake of Horseshoe Lake State Park.

Police believe the suspect and murder victim had met for the first time that evening and that "Thompson beat Jones about the head with a blunt force object" before dumping his body -- which was discovered by three fisherman at around 5:45 a.m. on Sunday.

The fisherman, prosecutors say, called Pontoon Beach police, who brought in Illinois State Police officials to assist with the investigation.

According to the office of the state's attorney, Thompson and Jones had met that night in East St. Louis, "however, there is no indication that the two men knew one another prior to that time."

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Scottie Thompson.

Police say Thompson agreed to give Jones a ride to meet a friend and the two left together around 10:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

At some point, and for reasons that remain unclear, he beat the young man to death, authorities say.

Gibbons described the murder as a "senseless" in a statement: "Our victim evidently trusted this person and had no reason to fear for his life. It appears to be a tragic, random act of violence."

He adds, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim."

Thompson has been on parole since February 2013 for a 1989 murder out of St. Clair county. He was apprehended at his residence in Centreville Sunday and remains in custody in Belleville. He'll eventually be brought to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville, prosecutors say, where he will be held without bond.

If he is convicted for murder, he faces anywhere from twenty to sixty years behind bars -- and will be required to serve 100 percent of the sentence.

In the previous murder case, he was sentenced to 45 years, Illinois prison records show.

It was also an apparently very disturbing case. He had, the Post-Dispatch summarizes, admitted to fatally stabbing 88-year-old Velma Causey who he had done odd jobs for. Seventeen-years-old at the time, Thompson reportedly told police that he had been drinking beer and went to the woman's home in Centreville. Another woman who lived there then gave him $3 and a drink of water.

When she left, police say, he used a steak knife to stab Causey several times in the head, thigh and chest.

He told police that he was "overcome by a feeling he could not explain."

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23 comments
Josh Ess
Josh Ess

Punk real estate agents from St Charles and change.

Jason Goad
Jason Goad

So can we just kill this peice of shit or should we let him out later to kill a 3rd time. STOP letting these waste of space sub humans outta jail. My vote is if convicted of Murder you spend your life in prison , period!

Don Lanier
Don Lanier

and now this guy gets to spend ten years appealing his DEATH PENALTY eating, drinking, Living...he should be taken to the town square and BAM...No plea bargain, no Appeal, same thing that was done to Dakota should be done to him....no mercy

Max Schulze
Max Schulze

Oh I'm sure he was "rehabilitated" and this was a completely unforeseeable event....

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Wonder if his victim took MAIG recent axe handle self defense advice..

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

it sounds like he's been checked out since 1989-Dakota knew something so he killed him to keep the truth from coming out...there is more to this story, 20yrs he was probably into young men, ijs

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

but eric still won't answer the question because he's a puss.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

what race did i mention in my comment, eric?

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

and racist, mentally unstable racecars

Amber Haugland
Amber Haugland

This is why we need to have "eye for an eye" punishment. Then things like this wouldn't happen!!

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

We have a lot of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. They have to make room somehow.

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

and people wonder why criminals aren't scared. they know they will be let out.

Jon Todaro
Jon Todaro

He did ~20 years of his bit for murder and he's out on parole? How the F does that happen?

draymorton4153
draymorton4153

@Steve Mincer So do we blame all crime committed between 2001 and 2008 by white parolees on Bush. Was this guy a federal prisoner? Just trying to spend 30 seconds trying to figure out what goes on in the cavity atop your person, and must say, it seems lonely there.  

stilzskin44
stilzskin44

@Pearl Short stooped as bitch he murderd my young cousin because of his drug addiction s o get it right!

13_oclock_blues
13_oclock_blues

@Jon Todaro Jon, aside from being underage during the comission of his crime as a contributing factor; He likely played the Model Inmate game and adopted the appearance of a "born again christian do gooder seeking repentence for his past sins." The spontaneous nature of his crime (stabbing an elderly woman based on "being overcome by a feeling he couldn't explain" ) mingled with the fact he was reportedly drinking at the time, opened the door for him to argue that he was under the influence of a mind altering substance and would not have normally acted as he did. Most assumed he would be able to be rehabilitated in other words, and were (as usual) wrong.

They should just fry his ass and be done with it. But hell...lets just feed and cloth him,+ take care of his medical expenses for the next 100 years instead right? It's not like society is bankrupt (in part) because of asshats like him. We should believe the sob story of "gimmie another chance Mister. I can change" everytime we hear it because history has so far shown that when you stab an elderly woman by the age of 17 you just had a moment of shitty judgement and are likely to grow up to be a boyscout leader. (like that denny rader guy) The positive rehabilitation statistics for juvenile offenders greatly outweighs criminal recidivism. (insert gauze to staunch the flow of dripping sarcasm here.)


Yeah. I love the way this country works.

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