News Release: Associated Press
August 15, 2014
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Panhandle authorities have filed first-degree murder charges against a man who allegedly killed a former sheriff's deputy and a couple who had hired him to do electrical work.
According to a two-count indictment filed Wednesday, Derrick Ray Thompson fatally shot Allen Johnson in his Bay County home July 21 during the commission of a felony robbery with a firearm.
The News Herald reports that prosecutors are considering seeking the death penalty.
Santa Rosa County authorities also have charges pending against Thompson in the deaths of Steven and Debra Zackowski in their Milton home.
Authorities said Thompson was driving Johnson's truck when he was arrested July 22 in Alabama.
Bay County jail records Thursday did not show whether Thompson had an attorney. He's held without bail.