WDAY First News reporter Se Kwon gets you caught up on everything you need to know for Friday, October 15th.
Cass County Judge Tristan Van de Streek handed the case against 59-year-old Ronald Jeffrey Thompson to the jury around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, about 10 minutes before jurors were dismissed for the day. Deliberations will begin in earnest Friday morning.
Thompson is charged with luring a minor by computer, a Class B felony that carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison. The trial began Tuesday with jury selection. Testimony started on Wednesday, and closing arguments happened Thursday afternoon.
Prosecutors alleged Thompson initiated what became a sexually explicit conversation online in late October 2019 with U.S. Air Force Special Agent Travis Askew, a civilian detective posing as a 14-year-old girl named Gabi.