Life without parole recommended for deaths of Purple Heart recipient, daughter

Life without parole recommended for deaths of Purple Heart recipient, daughter
Cody Booth, Margie Thompson

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Deddens is seeking life without parole for two people charged in the homicides of a Purple Heart recipient and his daughter.

Faith Craig and her father, Walter Bryant Jr., were killed on Jan. 17, 2018, at their Douglas Drive residence.

Craig and Bryant’s bodies were found Jan. 19 when Dearborn County deputies went to their Aurora residence to conduct a welfare check.

Cody Booth, son of the Craig and grandson of Bryant Jr., along with his girlfriend, Margie Thompson, were previously charged with two counts of murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and two counts of conspiracy to commit bobbery in connection with the deaths.

Additional charges of criminal confinement, conspiracy to commit criminal confinement and conspiracy to commit murder were added on Jan. 3, 2019.

“After sitting down with the victim’s family and listening to what they would like to see happen in this case, and reviewing all the evidence that has been gathered, I felt that these additional charges, and the request for a sentence of Life without Parole, was appropriate as to both Cody Booth and Margie Thompson," Deddens said.

Walter Bryant Jr. (Photo provided)
Walter Bryant Jr. (Photo provided)

Officials say Booth waived his Miranda Rights before confessing to killing his mother and grandfather.

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Booth said he woke up feeling ‘dope sick’ and began thinking of ways to get more drugs to keep he and Thompson from becoming sicker.

After killing Bryant and Craig, officials say Booth and Thompson began gathering items to pawn and buy more drugs in Colerain.

Among the items taken were $180 from Bryant’s wallet, jewelry, Bryant’s car, multiple guns, golf clubs, TVs, and a laptop.

Officials say Thompson initially denied any involvement in the killings but later waived her Miranda Rights and confessed to police.

A hearing will be held on the amended charges with the Dearborn Circuit Court.

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