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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Judge James Blanch, center, talks to Bill Robert Thompson during his iInitial appearance for first-degree felony murder and other counts in connection with an alleged May 8 drunken driving episode in which he killed 43-year-old Susan Madsen and critically injured her daughter, Tessa. Thompson appeared at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Man charged in fatal Draper crash makes first court appearance
Courts » One woman died and seven more were injured in multiple crashes.
First Published May 22 2014 03:01 pm • Last Updated Jul 30 2014 05:22 pm

Bill Robert Thompson will go before a judge next month to address the $1 million bail keeping him behind bars for allegedly driving drunk and killing a Draper woman.

Thompson, 44, of Draper, made his first appearance in 3rd District Court on Thursday afternoon, where a judge scheduled a June 10 bond hearing for him. Judge James Blanch also transferred Thompson’s case to 3rd District Court in West Jordan.

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Thompson was charged last week with the first-degree felony murder for the May 8 death of 43-year-old Susan Madsen, of Draper.

He was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of aggravated assault, third-degree felonies; seven misdemeanor DUI counts; and two counts each of assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child, all misdemeanors.

On May 8, Thompson was drinking when he got into an argument with two women who were at his house, according to charging documents. He allegedly punched one of the women multiple times and then punched a neighbor who tried to intervene.

Thompson then sped away in his pickup truck. He had been drunk for a couple of days, one of the women told police.

About 15 minutes after police responded to the domestic violence call, an officer at 12300 S. Lone Peak Parkway saw Thompson speed through the intersection against a red light and crash into an SUV, killing Madsen and critically injuring her daughter, Tessa. The wreck caused a series of subsequent crashes, leaving seven other motorists with minor injuries.

Thompson was found in the pickup truck with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, police wrote. He also smelled of alcohol, the charges add.


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