FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Prosecutors in the murder trial of a woman who claims she shot her boyfriend, a Miami Police officer, in self-defense presented new evidence that appears to contradict her account.
Video played in court showed the body of Tiniko Thompson’s boyfriend, Miami Police Officer Carl Patrick, covered in comforters. According to prosecutors, fans in the room were blowing to keep the body cold, slowing down decomposition.
“Just the odor of, I believe, a deceased person,” said Pembroke Pines Police Sgt. Keith Forseth.
First responders described how they found the veteran officer. “I think the last room we entered was the master bedroom, where we found the victim,” Forseth said. “The body was found wrapped in a comforter between the wall and the bed.”
Thompson said she accidentally shot Patrick on May 7, 2014 in self-defense during a fight. Officers said they saw blood near the body.
Thompson claimed bruises on her body depicted in pictures was from the fight. However, several hours after the shooting, surveillance cameras captured her entering her storage unit in North Miami Beach.
When storage unit clerk Christopher Mendez was asked if Thompson appeared to be in any sort of distress when she went to the unit, he replied, “No, just came in, made the payment, went out of the office.”
Mendez said Thompson did not wear any sunglasses on her face, and he didn’t notice any injuries on her face.
Surveillance cameras showed Thompson as she unloaded baby items out of Patrick’s black BMW. According to prosecutors, Thompson falsified a pregnancy and murdered Patrick when her lie was going to be exposed.
Thompson faces a second-degree murder charge. The trial is expected to conclude next week.
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