The Bay County Grand Jury indicted Derrick Ray Thompson on First
Degree Murder and Robbery with a Firearm charges Wednesday.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Greg Wilson and Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford presented the case to the Grand Jury. The two count Indictment alleges that Derrick Ray Thompson, 41, of Pensacola, shot and killed former Bay County Sheriff’s Deputy and local businessman, Allen Johnson, 66, on July 21, 2014, in a premeditated manner or during the commission of a felony. That felony being the basis for Count II, Robbery with a Firearm.
The First Degree Indictment for murder could result in a maximum sentence of death if convicted as charged. The State Attorney’s Office Death Review Committee comprised of senior prosecuting attorneys will review the case to determine if sufficient legal factors exist to warrant seeking the death penalty at trial. That decision will be made in the next few weeks.
Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet ordered Thompson held without bond on both counts. The First Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office also has charges against Thompson and it has not yet been decided which circuit will try him first.