Aberdeen man charged after death in Monroe County

By NEMS Daily Journal

A 34-year-old Aberdeen man faces manslaughter and burglary charges after a Hamilton man was found dead Friday, according to Monroe County Sheriff Andy Hood.

Ricky D. Otts, 34, 50314 Athens Quincy Road of Aberdeen has been arrested on charges of manslaughter and burglary of an occupied dwelling.

On Friday, Monroe County Deputies were called to 40020 Stovall Crossing Road around 6 a.m. in reference to person that was found deceased, according to Hood.

Monroe County Investigators immediately suspected foul play and developed a person of interest.

Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley identified the deceased person as Douglas Howell Thompson, 53, of Hamilton and ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Coroner Gurley stated the autopsy was conducted and listed the manner of death as a homicide and the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma. Time of death is approximately 3 a.m.

Monroe County Investigators learned that Thompson got into a physical altercation on Thursday around 11:30 p.m. with Otts.

Otts is alleged to have gone into Mr. Thompson’s home and attacked him while Mr. Thompson was in bed. Mr. Thompson sustained injuries during the assault that resulted in his death. Otts and Thompson knew each other and have a history of problems with each other.

Otts was arrested around 9:30 a.m. on Friday and charged, Hood said.

After Coroner Gurley released the manner and cause of death, Otts was charged with Manslaughter in the death of Thompson.

Otts will be presented to the next Monroe County Grand Jury that will meet in July.

Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes set bond at $100,000. Otts is on MDOC parole and is not eligible to bond due to a MDOC hold.

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