Death – Arizona death-row inmate victim of prison homicide

Death – Obituary

Kenneth Thompson (Arizona Dep., of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry)

A man awaiting execution on Arizona’s death row was found dead in his cell and prison officials say two other inmates are suspects in his killing, state prison officials announced Thursday.

Kenneth W. Thompson, 38, was discovered Wednesday at the Eyman prison complex in Florence and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry said in a news release. The department’s criminal investigation unit is investigating his death. No details of how he was killed were released.

Two inmates suspected of being responsible for killing Thompson are being interviewed. They were not identified.

Death Row inmates are housed in the Browning unit at Eyman and in a unit at the nearby Florence prison complex.

Thompson was convicted in 2019 of using a hatchet and a knife to kill his sister-in-law, Penelope Edwards, and her boyfriend, Troy Dunn, in Yavapai County. He then poured acid on the bodies and set their house on fire.

Thompson had driven from his home in the Ozarks region of Missouri to confront his sister-in-law and her husband and retrieve two children in her care that he believed were being abused. Prosecutors said he was on a deliberate plan to kill.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.