Jury convicts man of second-degree murder in fatal Oklahoma City drive-by shooting

Kenneth W. Thompson III, 23 was charged with first-degree murder in 2009 slaying of Jonathan P. Ingersoll; Thompson's brother was acquitted of Ingersoll's murder in November
by Tim Willert Modified: September 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm •  Published: September 14, 2012

A jury deliberated about four hours Thursday before convicting a man of second-degree murder in a drive-by shooting that killed the son of a prominent former high school basketball coach.

The Oklahoma County panel recommended 15 years in prison for Kenneth Wayne Thompson III, 23, of Oklahoma City. Thompson was charged with first-degree murder in the March 22, 2009, death of Jonathan Phillip Ingersoll.

Thompson will be sentenced Nov. 16 by District Judge Kenneth C. Watson.

Ingersoll, 21, was riding in a car on N. MacArthur Boulevard near NW 23 when another vehicle pulled alongside and a person fired into the car.

Ingersoll died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Prosecutors said Thompson was driving the other car and his brother, Kendal Laron Richardson, 22, fired the fatal shot.

Richardson was acquitted of Ingersoll's murder in November.

That trial was plagued by several delays, allegations of jury intimidation and uncooperative witnesses, many of whom testified reluctantly or refused to testify altogether.

Several prosecution witnesses, including two serving time in unrelated cases, testified they lied during interviews with homicide detectives because they were threatened with jail time if they didn't cooperate.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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