Kidnapping suspect Bret Lee Luckett Thompson's attorneys present testimony about his mental illness
Thompson on trial for kidnapping, sexual assault
Last Updated: 80 days ago
DENVER - While attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping and sexual assaulting an 8-year-old girl are trying to decide if the suspect should testify in his own defense they called his foster mother to the stand.
Bret Lee Luckett Thompson is on trial for the crime that happened in June 2011. Defense attorneys admitted during opening statements that Thompson kidnapped and sexually assaulted the girl, but he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The judge told Thompson that if he testifies, attorneys on both sides may ask him questions and so may jurors.
While Thompson and his attorneys are still debating whether he will testify, the attorneys at 1:55 p.m. told the judge they would call at least two witnesses in Thompson's defense -- his foster mother and a doctor.
Thompson's foster mother, Sylvia Luckett, is the person who turned him into police.
She testified she did it for his own safety and the safety of others. Luckett also answered questions about Bret's youth, including his real mother's prostitution and sexual abuse he suffered, as he wiped tears from his eyes.
When asked if Bret ever gave her reason to believe he had a personality disorder, she recounted a story about something he said while playing a video game as a child: "Listen, I'm only going to tell you once, I hate you and you will never be my mother."
After that statement, Luckett said, he never went back to being a child.
Luckett testified that the day of the kidnapping he pulled into the garage and told her, "Don't come in here yet, I have a surprise for you."
In her latest testimony, she said she became suspicious and got a key to open the locked garage door, but something was leaning against the door.
He pulled out of the garage and left, Luckett testified. He later said he'd gone to Pep Boys and got a scooter and was putting it together. Luckett later learned he'd never gone to Pep Boys.
She was asked if he was in his "right mind" on June 2 -- the day of the kidnapping -- and she testified, "I don't think he was."
She later said "I don't think a sane person would do the thing he did."
Bret Thompson was arrested in New Jersey 11 days after the girl was kidnapped.
A Denver Police officer testified Wednesday that Thompson felt he had to get away from the Denver area.
“It was a moment of insanity. It seemed like this was all a dream," a Denver Police officer testified that Thompson said.
“Generally, I’m a decent person," Thompson reportedly told the officer. "I’m not somebody people couldn’t like. I live with demons.”
The officer said Thompson appeared coherent.
The officer said Thompson told him the little girl was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
That little girl, now 10, testified Tuesday.
She said she was playing with a friend in an alley when a man pulled up in a van and asked for help putting a box in the trash.
The girl, who is not being named, said the man lifted her up so she could place the box in the Dumpster, then put her in his van and drove off.
The girl said she asked him to pinky promise he wouldn't hurt her.
She said the man drove her to a garage and took off her pants.
"He took out his man part and put it in on my private part," the girl testified, and then she started crying.
She said after the assault, the man told her to put her clothes back on.
He then drove her back to west Denver and dropped her off at a gas station.
“I went inside and said to help me because I just got kidnapped,” she said.
The clerk called the girl’s mom, then called police.
Thompson's defense team says Thompson suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder.
“It was formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder,” according to defense attorney Natalie Frei.
“He was moody and depressed and continued to have fits of rage,” Frei said of Thompson in the past few years. “He spent a lot of time in the basement and talked of suicide.”
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