Massac County jury finds man guilty of man’s murder, attempted murder of a woman

A Massac County, Illinois, jury found Michael Thompkins guilty Thursday of the murder of Jackie Blake and the attempted murder of Jessica Horn, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

Thompkins, who is from Pulaski, was found guilty of those charges — both first degree — and home invasion. 

Blake, from Pulaski, and Horn, from Joppa, were attacked in an apartment in Joppa, Illinois, on March 25, 2012. The Massac County State’s Attorney’s Office says Thompkins dated Horn at one time before the attack.

The attorney’s office says Thompkins broke into the apartment and attacked the woman and man in the bathroom. Blake died after he was stabbed with a knife. Horn was reportedly injured with multiple objects, including a barbecue fork. She suffered a laceration to her forehead, among other injuries. 

Thompkins pleaded guilty to first degree murder in 2012, but he was allowed to withdraw the plea in June 2015.

The trial began this week with jury selection on Monday, evidence presented from both sides on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the case was submitted to the jury after closing arguments Thursday morning. 

Among evidence the attorney’s office says was presented at trial was a blood stain on a shirt taken from Thompkins when he was arrested that matched Horn’s DNA profile. The office says a blood stain on his jeans matched Blake’s DNA profile.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 21. 

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