Ian MacDonald Pleads Not Guilty in Scottsdale Stabbing Death of Tyrice Thompson

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The 26-year-old Tempe man arrested in the murder of former ASU football player Tyrice Thompson pleaded not guilty this morning.

MacDonald, a Marine who has a "top security clearance" -- at least, according to his lawyer -- is accused of stabbing Thompson outside the Martini Ranch bar in Scottsdale on January 27. Thompson died a few days later.

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Scottsdale police have said that three people said MacDonald admitted to stabbing Thompson.

MacDonald's attorney, Jeffery Mehrens, on the other hand, claimed earlier this month that the cops have "exactly nothing."

"They have no eyewitnesses, they have no confession, they have no murder weapon -- they have exactly nothing," he said at MacDonald's first court appearance.

, MacDonald had blood on his shirt, but a "preliminary" DNA test showed the blood was not Thompson's, according to court documents previously obtained by New Times.

Although four of Martini Ranch's employees were outside at the time, none of them saw the actual stabbing, according to a probable-cause statement. Two of them, who had just escorted MacDonald and his girlfriend out of Martini Ranch, left them in the parking lot to deal with another "disturbance" out there. The other two saw MacDonald, his girlfriend, and Thompson apparently brawling outside, but by the time they got over to them, Thompson already had been stabbed.

Thompson was stabbed eight times and died a few days after the January 27 attack. He never regained consciousness after being stabbed and was unable to tell police who did it.

MacDonald and his girlfriend denied any involvement in the stabbing, but police found other details.

"It should be noted that [MacDonald] was the [first] 911 caller who advised that his girlfriend has been stabbed in the face by a bouncer who took off running," the probable-cause statement says.

MacDonald's girlfriend, 22-year-old Samantha King, was not stabbed in the face.

A probable-cause statement cites three anonymous acquaintances of MacDonald who said MacDonald admitted to them he had the knife and stabbed Thompson. All three acquaintances told police that MacDonald said he'd chucked the knife in a dumpster in Mesa. One person said MacDonald admitted to putting the knife in a Ziploc bag of liquid bleach before tossing it in the dumpster.

MacDonald faces a second-degree murder charge, and King was arrested on charges of assault and hindering prosecution.

MacDonald's next court date is scheduled for April 8.

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psycho second from Afghanistan to the grave. I hope you get out my brother


Why is it news and so bad when a white man is accused of killing a black man but no big deal when a black man kills a white man?

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

His lawyer's appeal to patriotism isn't going to wash. His TS clearance is of zero relevance. And he really doesn't have one unless he's on active duty. Given his legal troubles and his apparent penchant for lying, he won't be putting on a USMC uniform again for quite some time, if ever. In fact, assuming that he's a reservist, they may just be getting ready to bounce him out.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  really? tell that to the California cops that Dorner killed.....seemed kinda big to me.      hey????? Robert......who kidnapped Joe?

david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan Robert, the fact you even thought to type this shows your level of intelligence...or lack there of. 


@david_saint01 @JoeArpaioFan Okay then genius, what ever happened with the Cordell Jude case. You know, that black maggot who shot that poor disabled Hispanic man in cold blood at the Taco Bell drive-thru.

david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @danzigsdaddy lmao uh, that expression has no bearing on the topic..Joe doesnt even feed his inmates, much less the public...come on man, first you get oxymoron wrong, now this...just quit trying cause at this point you are just making yourself look worse. 

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@david_saint01 birthers dont, and neither does little Robert there

david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @david_saint01 lol i dont care about color..if he shot the other guy in cold blood, then i hope they find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and he goes to prison for life. Not everyone cares about color Robert, some of us just care about right and wrong. 

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