DOC#: 13149 White Male
Harrison County Circuit Court
Judge Scott T. Miller
Venued from Pike County
Prosecutor: Jerry McGaughey
Defense: Tim Dodd
Date of Murder: March 8, 1981
Victim(s): William Hilborn
W/M/72 Mary Hilborn W/F/65 (No relationship to Thompson)
Method of Murder: stabbing with
Summary: William and Mary
Hilborn were found stabbed to death in their home in Petersburg.
Richard Dillon was identified by a Deputy Sheriff
as near the property at the time of the murders. When questioned,
Dillon said he was not in Petersburg, but was in Princeton at the
home of a friend, Jay R. Thompson.
The murder weapon, a knife, was later found at
Thompson's car. Dillon later gave a complete confession admitting
that he and Thompson had committed the Burglary and that he (Dillon)
stabbed both victims.
They gained entry by requesting to use the
telephone. Dillon was armed with a buck knife and stabbed both
Hilborns. Both men then forced Mrs. Hilborn, by holding a knife
under her chin, to obtain money for them. Dillon the stabbed her
again and when she fell to the floor, cut her throat. Thompson then
stabbed both victims with a folding knife to insure that both were
The pathologist testified that the fatal wound to
both Hilborns was made with a knife similar to the folding knife.
Dillon testified for the State. Thompson was waived from Juvenile
Court to be tried as an adult.
Conviction: Murder, Murder (Jury
Verdict Against Death Penalty)
Sentencing: March 18, 1983 (Death
Aggravating Circumstances: b(1)
Burglary, Robbery; Prior Murder Conviction
Mitigating Circumstances: 17
years old at the time of the crime
On Remand: Thompson resentenced to 120
years imprisonment by Special Judge Henry N. Liest in Harrison
Jay R. Thompson