Man to be released from jail after 2017 murder charge dropped

Mike Sigov, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
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Apr. 8—A central Toledo man was ordered released Wednesday after more than two years in the Lucas County jail when charges stemming from the 2017 murder of two people were dismissed at the prosecutor's request.

Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Lori Olender during a pretrial hearing Wednesday dismissed charges against Rickardo Thompson, 23, of the 2400 block of Hollywood Avenue without prejudice and ordered his release, with the state of Ohio having the right to refile those charges. Prosecutors had moved to dismiss "due to recently-discovered evidentiary concerns that the state of Ohio currently cannot overcome."

He had been indicted on charges of two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of robbery, and one count of burglary — all with firearm specifications — for his alleged role in the Jan. 11, 2017, fatal shootings of Santiago Rease, 20, and Colleen Stamper, 19, in a North Toledo alley.

Two others charged in the case, including Mr. Thompson's half-brother, entered negotiated pleas to reduced charges of involuntary manslaughter and have been convicted. Sidney Slater, Jr., 30, of the 300 block of Sumner Street was sentenced May 6, 2019, to 23 years in prison after entering an Alford plea, while Ricky Thompson III of the 400 block of Troy Street, who was 20 at the time of the shootings, is scheduled for sentencing Thursday after entering a no-contest plea.

According to prosecutors, the shootings occurred at the end of a planned burglary and robbery of a known drug house in the 2800 block of North Erie Street. Slater, Ricky Thompson III, and a third, unknown individual entered the house armed with guns and with their faces covered, while Rickardo Thompson was already in the house and had allegedly helped plan the heist.

During the course of the robbery, Mr. Rease — who prosecutors said was associated with the house — and Ms. Stamper arrived in a car. Surveillance video at the property showed Mr. Rease enter the building but then flee upon observing the robbery in progress, after which Slater pursued him and fired multiple shots at the couple, killing both of them.

A Lucas County Coroner's report showed Ms. Stamper was shot three times while Mr. Rease was shot more than a dozen times.

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Rickardo Thompson was arrested in connection with the case on Dec. 7, 2018, and held in the county jail in lieu of $2 million bond set during arraignment.

First Published April 7, 2021, 6:06pm