Ian MacDonald's Lawyer: Cops Have "Exactly Nothing"; Also Says Client Has "Top Security Clearance"

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Ian MacDonald (right) and girlfriend Samantha King, a little more than an hour before the stabbing.
Scottsdale police have "exactly nothing" against the Marine accused of stabbing former ASU football player Tyrice Thompson to death, his lawyer claims.

In Ian MacDonald's initial court appearance for his second-degree murder charge, attorney Jeffery Mehrens also spoke about his client's career as a Marine, in which he claimed MacDonald has a "top security clearance."

See also:
-Ian MacDonald's Bond Set at $75,000 in Scottsdale Stabbing Death of Tyrice Thompson
-Ian MacDonald Arrested in Scottsdale Murder of Former ASU Football Player Tyrice Thompson

Mehrens said MacDonald was part of the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team during his four tours of duty, and said he didn't even know what it was that MacDonald did overseas, but said he knows it "involves guarding radioactive materials."

The judge said that she took into account MacDonald's military service when deciding MacDonald's bond, which was set at $75,000. Police had requested bond be set at $1 million.

Additionally, Mehrens pointed out some possible weaknesses in the case against his client.

"They have no eyewitnesses, they have no confession, they have no murder weapon -- they have exactly nothing," he said.

Additionally, MacDonald -- who's accused of stabbing Thompson to death outside the Martini Ranch bar in Scottsdale -- had blood on his shirt, but a "preliminary" DNA test showed it's not Thompson's blood, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

And, 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 had already 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 some other details.


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Kay1
Kay1

He admitted he was fighting with Thompson, another bouncer saw Thompson get up and off of MacDonald, stagger away and collapse.  3 of MacDonald's friends claim he told them he did it and disposed of the weapon.  Yah, counselor, they have exactly nothing.

justme
justme

I DONT GIVE A RATS'ASS EHAT HE DID IN THE MILITARY SINCE WHEN doesMIL SERVICE GIVES U A PASS ON CRIMES. AND YES I AM A VET.

penkdooo
penkdooo

Dude is guilty! I say off with his fat head!


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thinkkoolaid
thinkkoolaid

Hey Martini Ranch employees....where in the hell were you?  Don't you have your own fellow employee's back covered?!  This one should never have happened....this situation was because no one was watching Mr. Thompson's back!  this on is on you Martini Ranch employees.

resh
resh

The case does seem sort of weak. I bet he gets off or at least takes a plea agreement that significantly lowers the punishment. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Mr MacDonald's security clearance is of no importance (and he doesn't actually have one unless he's on active duty). He'd be in just as much trouble if he were a Medal of Honor recipient. The cops have submitted a probable-cause statement. MacDonald has been charged and bail is set at $75,000. He's not goin' anywhere.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@resh doesnt seem weak to me..so they dont have an eyewitness, but they have him calling 9-1-1 for an obvious false reason..they have his friends saying he admitted it...his record might help at sentencing, but its not going to absolve him....

CMONSON
CMONSON

Not True, you can have clearance and not even be military.

resh
resh

@david_saint01 That's why I said sort of. There's no murder weapon, no witness who can place MacDonald with a knife at the crime scene, and nobody witnessed the victim actually getting stabbed. On the other hand, McDonald's bizarre phone call to police about his gf getting stabbed doesn't help his case; neither does the three anonymous acquaintances who incriminated him. That said, the defendant has to be convicted beyond a reasonable doubt. Given the totality of evidence against McDonald, as well as the evidence for him, I think it's fair to say that this isn't going to be an "open and shut" case (which would make it a "sort of" weak case, at least in my eyes).

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@CMONSON Yes, you can be a civilian and have a clearance... Look, Barack Obama is cleared for TOP SECRET/COSMIC!!! However, since MacDonald was not on active duty, it is highly unlikely that his clearance would be active.

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