Teenager convicted in Kingfield double murder

Stafon Thompson, 17, will likely face life in prison without parole for the murder of a mother and her son last June in Kingfield, according to a spokeswoman for Hennepin County District Court.

A jury today found Thompson guilty in the deaths of Katricia Daniels, 35, and her 10-year-old son Robert Shepard, said court spokeswoman Rondah Kinchlow. Thompson was up against four first-degree murder charges, two of which were tied to aggravated robbery charges, according to the complaint.

Thompson’s trial started March 9 and closing statements were given March 18. The jury was sequestered one night before announcing its decision this afternoon.  

Thompson’s friend, 17-year-old Brian Flowers, faces the same charges and will be tried later.  

The teenagers blamed each other for the killings, which took place after Daniels invited them to spend the night. Flowers and Thompson knew Daniels through her older son, who was in Chicago at the time.  

Daniels’ boyfriend Joseph Williams found the bodies of Daniels and Shepard the next day, stabbed and beaten to death with knives and a golf club. Williams also found his 18-month-old daughter, who was spattered in blood, but unharmed.

The motive for the killings was Daniels’ money and car, according to testimony from Thompson and Flowers. 

Teenager convicted in Kingfield double murder

Stafon Thompson, 17, will likely face life in prison without parole for the murder of a mother and her son last June in Kingfield, according to a spokeswoman for Hennepin County District Court.

A jury today found Thompson guilty in the deaths of Katricia Daniels, 35, and her 10-year-old son Robert Shepard, said court spokeswoman Rondah Kinchlow. Thompson was up against four first-degree murder charges, two of which were tied to aggravated robbery charges, according to the complaint.

Thompson’s trial started March 9 and closing statements were given March 18. The jury was sequestered one night before announcing its decision this afternoon.  

Thompson’s friend, 17-year-old Brian Flowers, faces the same charges and will be tried later.  

The teenagers blamed each other for the killings, which took place after Daniels invited them to spend the night. Flowers and Thompson knew Daniels through her older son, who was in Chicago at the time.  

Daniels’ boyfriend Joseph Williams found the bodies of Daniels and Shepard the next day, stabbed and beaten to death with knives and a golf club. Williams also found his 18-month-old daughter, who was spattered in blood, but unharmed.

The motive for the killings was Daniels’ money and car, according to testimony from Thompson and Flowers.