Jerry David Thompson was charged with using a samurai sword to decapitate his Connecticut landlord after a dispute over unpaid rent.
At his arraignment Tuesday in Superior Court in Hartford, Jerry David Thompson refused to say anything about the crime, claiming he is a sovereign citizen.
Those claiming to be sovereign citizens believe that U.S. citizens are subject only to common law or “constitutional law” (or both), but are not bound to obey statutory law.
No court has ever upheld these claims and it doesn’t appear that the one in which he was arraigned will, either. Thompson was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Thompson, 42, was arrested Sunday and charged the following day with the murder of 64-year-old Victor King, according to the Hartford Police Department.
Thompson had been renting a room in King’s home for less than a year. Authorities targeted him as a suspect after King’s friends reported that King and Thompson had had disagreements over rent, according to a report by the Hartford Courant.
On Saturday, King, a retired insurance salesman turned professional bridge player, reported to Hartford police that Thompson had been waving the sword at him.
The next day friends of King, concerned because they couldn’t reach him, alerted police that they couldn’t reach him.
When police and firefighters forced their way into King’s home they found it covered in blood, with King’s headless and badly slashed body wrapped in bedding.
Police found Thompson pulled over by the side of a road. They brought him back to police HQ for questioning, but he refused to say anything claiming to be a sovereign citizen.
I’m no expert on sovereign citizenship but it’s hard to envision any belief system that justifies the taking of another person’s life.
If the argument between King and Thompson was caused by an inability to pay because of a recent layoff or furlough due to the Wuhan virus lockdowns would this be classified as a COVID death? Asking for a friend.