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Defense: Wrong man charged on 2 of 3 counts

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014, 05:02 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Charles Thompson's defense attorney says authorities have the wrong guy on two of three charges he was arraigned on Wednesday morning in a Jefferson County courtroom.
Thompson’s parents think so too.
Thompson is a Chicago man charged in a heroin trafficking bust and with two counts of possessing weapons under disability.
“If you would inquire as to the date of birth of Charles Thompson in count 2 and count 3, I believe that you will find it's not this particular Charles Thompson," defense attorney Lydia Spragin said.
There is no dispute of Thompson’s identity in the heroin trafficking charge.
"Unfortunately she didn't bring that to anybody’s attention until we were in court (Wednesday),” Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said. “We think there may be some credibility issues with Thompson."
Hanlin said Thompson had been wanted for months following a December heroin bust in the county that involved both state and federal authorities.
Thompson was finally picked up last week in Chicago. With the challenges they've had getting him to Jefferson County in handcuffs, Hanlin urged that the $100,000 bond remain in place.
"He was never willing to cooperate, and was eventually caught by US Marshals,” Hanlin said. “So that makes things harder from our end and makes us wonder if he would return to trial if there wasn't a sufficient bond set."
Thompson’s family also made the trip from Chicago.
“We came to support our son because we know he's innocent," Charles Thompson’s dad said.
Hanlin said they'll look into the defense's position. While both sides sort out the identity issue, a trial date is likely to be set in the next 30 to 45 days.

Defense: Wrong man charged on 2 of 3 counts


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