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TRIAL OF JOSEPH THOMPSON

Inside the long road to the unsuccessful prosecution of Joseph Thompson

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Shelley DeMyer, left, the mother of Steven Fortier’s child, and her mother, Wendy Demyer, right, wait anxiously for the verdict to be read Sept. 22 in the trial of Joseph Thompson for motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation at Central Berkshire District Court. Following two days of testimony, the jury of six delivered their verdict declaring Thompson not guilty after less than two hours of deliberation.

PITTSFIELD — Joseph Thompson, a heavyweight in the arts world, still wonders how he came to be charged with motor vehicle homicide in the death of a motorcyclist.

Thompson and his defense lawyer say the evidence told a consistent story — that a motorcycle driven by an intoxicated man crossed into Thompson’s lane in North Adams in July 2018, resulting in the fatal collision.

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Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6296.

Cops and Courts Reporter

Amanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.

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