Charges Dropped For Reserve Deputy Accused Of Trying To Kill Wife

Charles Thompson To Serve 3 Years Probation

A Kern County reserve sheriff's deputy accused of trying to kill his wife will not go to trial.

The attempted murder charges against Charles Thompson have been dropped by the District Attorney's Office.

Sgt. Mary DeGeare with the Bakersfield Police Department said at about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Thompson, 54, called in a request for an ambulance stating that a woman had fallen in a home in the 6400 block of Cochran Drive.

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  • DeGeare said the 60-year-old woman had also called for help saying that Thompson assaulted her.

    Thompson was also charged with torture and false imprisonment.

    Those charges were dropped.

    He pleaded not guilty to one charge of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse.

    His wife told police he tried to strangle her repeatedly and police said her injuries supported those allegations.

    Thompson was sentenced to three years probation.

    He has been suspended by the Kern County Sheriff's Department, pending an internal investigation.

    There has been no information as to why the charges were dropped.

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