Motel Worker Killed in Ypsilanti

Motel Worker Killed in Ypsilanti

There are 1975 comments on the WXYZ story from Apr 18, 2006, titled Motel Worker Killed in Ypsilanti. In it, WXYZ reports that:

Tuesday, Washtenaw County deputies were investigating the brutal murder of a motel worker.

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Jane Gooderson

Ann Arbor, MI

#1041 May 8, 2007
1 murder, 2 stories
Defense blames girlfriend as Lau slaying trial starts Tuesday, May 08, 2007BY AMALIE NASH News Staff Reporter
Their relationship only lasted six weeks, but Frankie Carl Craig and Amy Sue Thompson are forever entwined in a brutal murder case.
The way the prosecutor tells it, the couple hatched a plan to rob Thompson's soft-spoken uncle of cash to buy crack cocaine. It culminated with murder.
The way the defense attorney tells it, Thompson was the sole murderer, a woman who made a deal with prosecutors to pin the slaying on Craig and avoid spending life in prison.
Craig's trial got under way Monday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, where he is charged with open murder, first-degree murder and robbery in the death of 63-year-old Charles Lau. Lau died in April 2006 at the Motel Manor in Ypsilanti Township, where he lived and served as the maintenance worker.
Thompson, 28, pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and charges of armed robbery and conspiracy. In exchange, she must testify against Craig, 27, under an agreement that calls for a 30- to 45-year prison term.
Assistant Prosecutor Sam Holtz said Thompson and Craig were crack cocaine addicts, and she often visited Lau to get cash. The night of April 17, 2006, the couple decided to rob Lau because they knew he kept cash around the property, Holtz said.
Armed with a small sword, Craig waited until Thompson distracted her uncle, then burst inside and knocked Lau to the floor, Holtz said in his opening statement. Holtz said Craig demanded money, and when Lau said he didn't have any, Craig beat him in the head with a rock.
"He struck him over and over while he was asking,'Where's the money?''' Holtz said. "At some point, the sword came into play, and Charlie sustained a very nasty wound to the hand. He was bleeding profusely, and Amy Sue Thompson got cut a little bit. He suffered a fractured skull that could have been fatal if he was left like that.''
Eventually, Craig and Thompson led Lau to the garage, where he showed them envelopes with about $1,000 cash inside, and that's when they decided they needed to kill him, Holtz said.
Craig and Thompson took Lau to the bathroom, bound and gagged him. Holtz said Craig cut Lau's throat.
Holtz alleged that the couple returned to Craig's trailer after the slaying, where they stripped off their clothes and destroyed them. They then took a taxi cab to an apartment complex to buy crack cocaine, Holtz said.
Later, Craig took a cab back to the motel to see what evidence they may have left behind. When Craig saw police cars near Motel Manor, they packed belongings and fled for Ohio, where they were arrested the next day, Holtz said.
Defense attorney Don Ferris placed the blame for Lau's death squarely on Thompson during his opening statement, calling her a master manipulator who dragged Craig down with her. He said Craig worked as a tool and die maker before losing his job.
Ferris asserted that Thompson alone killed her uncle and said no physical evidence places Craig at the scene. He said the only evidence against him is Thompson's statement, and the unreliable word of a "jailhouse snitch.''
"He didn't do it. They don't have any of his blood at the scene, no DNA, no evidence he was in a physical altercation,'' Ferris said. "She's the one with the cuts to both hands, the blood and the DNA there. She says it's all Frankie's fault, and she's possibly the most manipulative person you may meet in your life.''
Thompson is scheduled to take the stand today. The trial, before Chief Circuit Judge Archie Brown, is expected to wrap up before the end of the week.
If convicted, Craig faces up to life in prison.

unknown

Kingston, PA

#1042 May 8, 2007
This is what "CRACK" addicts do rob, kill whatever to get the next high. All crack heads lie and manipulate.
old school

Flushing, MI

#1043 May 8, 2007
Jane Gooderson wrote:
1 murder, 2 stories
Defense blames girlfriend as Lau slaying trial starts Tuesday, May 08, 2007BY AMALIE NASH News Staff Reporter
Their relationship only lasted six weeks, but Frankie Carl Craig and Amy Sue Thompson are forever entwined in a brutal murder case.
The way the prosecutor tells it, the couple hatched a plan to rob Thompson's soft-spoken uncle of cash to buy crack cocaine. It culminated with murder.
The way the defense attorney tells it, Thompson was the sole murderer, a woman who made a deal with prosecutors to pin the slaying on Craig and avoid spending life in prison.
Craig's trial got under way Monday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, where he is charged with open murder, first-degree murder and robbery in the death of 63-year-old Charles Lau. Lau died in April 2006 at the Motel Manor in Ypsilanti Township, where he lived and served as the maintenance worker.
Thompson, 28, pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and charges of armed robbery and conspiracy. In exchange, she must testify against Craig, 27, under an agreement that calls for a 30- to 45-year prison term.
Assistant Prosecutor Sam Holtz said Thompson and Craig were crack cocaine addicts, and she often visited Lau to get cash. The night of April 17, 2006, the couple decided to rob Lau because they knew he kept cash around the property, Holtz said.
Armed with a small sword, Craig waited until Thompson distracted her uncle, then burst inside and knocked Lau to the floor, Holtz said in his opening statement. Holtz said Craig demanded money, and when Lau said he didn't have any, Craig beat him in the head with a rock.
"He struck him over and over while he was asking,'Where's the money?''' Holtz said. "At some point, the sword came into play, and Charlie sustained a very nasty wound to the hand. He was bleeding profusely, and Amy Sue Thompson got cut a little bit. He suffered a fractured skull that could have been fatal if he was left like that.''
Eventually, Craig and Thompson led Lau to the garage, where he showed them envelopes with about $1,000 cash inside, and that's when they decided they needed to kill him, Holtz said.
Craig and Thompson took Lau to the bathroom, bound and gagged him. Holtz said Craig cut Lau's throat.
Holtz alleged that the couple returned to Craig's trailer after the slaying, where they stripped off their clothes and destroyed them. They then took a taxi cab to an apartment complex to buy crack cocaine, Holtz said.
Later, Craig took a cab back to the motel to see what evidence they may have left behind. When Craig saw police cars near Motel Manor, they packed belongings and fled for Ohio, where they were arrested the next day, Holtz said.
Defense attorney Don Ferris placed the blame for Lau's death squarely on Thompson during his opening statement, calling her a master manipulator who dragged Craig down with her. He said Craig worked as a tool and die maker before losing his job.
Ferris asserted that Thompson alone killed her uncle and said no physical evidence places Craig at the scene. He said the only evidence against him is Thompson's statement, and the unreliable word of a "jailhouse snitch.''
"He didn't do it. They don't have any of his blood at the scene, no DNA, no evidence he was in a physical altercation,'' Ferris said. "She's the one with the cuts to both hands, the blood and the DNA there. She says it's all Frankie's fault, and she's possibly the most manipulative person you may meet in your life.''
Thompson is scheduled to take the stand today. The trial, before Chief Circuit Judge Archie Brown, is expected to wrap up before the end of the week.
If convicted, Craig faces up to life in prison.
need to read the paper tomorrow because they had a misstrail today
she lied through her whole testamoney then they called misstrail cuz she broke her deal that she had with the court so only one story counts
old school

Flushing, MI

#1044 May 8, 2007
Jane Gooderson wrote:
1 murder, 2 stories
Defense blames girlfriend as Lau slaying trial starts Tuesday, May 08, 2007BY AMALIE NASH News Staff Reporter
Their relationship only lasted six weeks, but Frankie Carl Craig and Amy Sue Thompson are forever entwined in a brutal murder case.
The way the prosecutor tells it, the couple hatched a plan to rob Thompson's soft-spoken uncle of cash to buy crack cocaine. It culminated with murder.
The way the defense attorney tells it, Thompson was the sole murderer, a woman who made a deal with prosecutors to pin the slaying on Craig and avoid spending life in prison.
Craig's trial got under way Monday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, where he is charged with open murder, first-degree murder and robbery in the death of 63-year-old Charles Lau. Lau died in April 2006 at the Motel Manor in Ypsilanti Township, where he lived and served as the maintenance worker.
Thompson, 28, pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and charges of armed robbery and conspiracy. In exchange, she must testify against Craig, 27, under an agreement that calls for a 30- to 45-year prison term.
Assistant Prosecutor Sam Holtz said Thompson and Craig were crack cocaine addicts, and she often visited Lau to get cash. The night of April 17, 2006, the couple decided to rob Lau because they knew he kept cash around the property, Holtz said.
Armed with a small sword, Craig waited until Thompson distracted her uncle, then burst inside and knocked Lau to the floor, Holtz said in his opening statement. Holtz said Craig demanded money, and when Lau said he didn't have any, Craig beat him in the head with a rock.
"He struck him over and over while he was asking,'Where's the money?''' Holtz said. "At some point, the sword came into play, and Charlie sustained a very nasty wound to the hand. He was bleeding profusely, and Amy Sue Thompson got cut a little bit. He suffered a fractured skull that could have been fatal if he was left like that.''
Eventually, Craig and Thompson led Lau to the garage, where he showed them envelopes with about $1,000 cash inside, and that's when they decided they needed to kill him, Holtz said.
Craig and Thompson took Lau to the bathroom, bound and gagged him. Holtz said Craig cut Lau's throat.
Holtz alleged that the couple returned to Craig's trailer after the slaying, where they stripped off their clothes and destroyed them. They then took a taxi cab to an apartment complex to buy crack cocaine, Holtz said.
Later, Craig took a cab back to the motel to see what evidence they may have left behind. When Craig saw police cars near Motel Manor, they packed belongings and fled for Ohio, where they were arrested the next day, Holtz said.
Defense attorney Don Ferris placed the blame for Lau's death squarely on Thompson during his opening statement, calling her a master manipulator who dragged Craig down with her. He said Craig worked as a tool and die maker before losing his job.
Ferris asserted that Thompson alone killed her uncle and said no physical evidence places Craig at the scene. He said the only evidence against him is Thompson's statement, and the unreliable word of a "jailhouse snitch.''
"He didn't do it. They don't have any of his blood at the scene, no DNA, no evidence he was in a physical altercation,'' Ferris said. "She's the one with the cuts to both hands, the blood and the DNA there. She says it's all Frankie's fault, and she's possibly the most manipulative person you may meet in your life.''
Thompson is scheduled to take the stand today. The trial, before Chief Circuit Judge Archie Brown, is expected to wrap up before the end of the week.
If convicted, Craig faces up to life in prison.
need to read paper tomorrow she caused the misstrail today and was caught in lies after lies today so really only one true story
old school

Flushing, MI

#1045 May 8, 2007
new trail starts monday and the only thing they had on him was her story and we all see that she is a lier after so let that man get back to his kids after loosing a year of his life due to this lying thing
old school

Flushing, MI

#1046 May 8, 2007
Jane Gooderson wrote:
1 murder, 2 stories
Defense blames girlfriend as Lau slaying trial starts Tuesday, May 08, 2007BY AMALIE NASH News Staff Reporter
Their relationship only lasted six weeks, but Frankie Carl Craig and Amy Sue Thompson are forever entwined in a brutal murder case.
The way the prosecutor tells it, the couple hatched a plan to rob Thompson's soft-spoken uncle of cash to buy crack cocaine. It culminated with murder.
The way the defense attorney tells it, Thompson was the sole murderer, a woman who made a deal with prosecutors to pin the slaying on Craig and avoid spending life in prison.
Craig's trial got under way Monday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, where he is charged with open murder, first-degree murder and robbery in the death of 63-year-old Charles Lau. Lau died in April 2006 at the Motel Manor in Ypsilanti Township, where he lived and served as the maintenance worker.
Thompson, 28, pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and charges of armed robbery and conspiracy. In exchange, she must testify against Craig, 27, under an agreement that calls for a 30- to 45-year prison term.
Assistant Prosecutor Sam Holtz said Thompson and Craig were crack cocaine addicts, and she often visited Lau to get cash. The night of April 17, 2006, the couple decided to rob Lau because they knew he kept cash around the property, Holtz said.
Armed with a small sword, Craig waited until Thompson distracted her uncle, then burst inside and knocked Lau to the floor, Holtz said in his opening statement. Holtz said Craig demanded money, and when Lau said he didn't have any, Craig beat him in the head with a rock.
"He struck him over and over while he was asking,'Where's the money?''' Holtz said. "At some point, the sword came into play, and Charlie sustained a very nasty wound to the hand. He was bleeding profusely, and Amy Sue Thompson got cut a little bit. He suffered a fractured skull that could have been fatal if he was left like that.''
Eventually, Craig and Thompson led Lau to the garage, where he showed them envelopes with about $1,000 cash inside, and that's when they decided they needed to kill him, Holtz said.
Craig and Thompson took Lau to the bathroom, bound and gagged him. Holtz said Craig cut Lau's throat.
Holtz alleged that the couple returned to Craig's trailer after the slaying, where they stripped off their clothes and destroyed them. They then took a taxi cab to an apartment complex to buy crack cocaine, Holtz said.
Later, Craig took a cab back to the motel to see what evidence they may have left behind. When Craig saw police cars near Motel Manor, they packed belongings and fled for Ohio, where they were arrested the next day, Holtz said.
Defense attorney Don Ferris placed the blame for Lau's death squarely on Thompson during his opening statement, calling her a master manipulator who dragged Craig down with her. He said Craig worked as a tool and die maker before losing his job.
Ferris asserted that Thompson alone killed her uncle and said no physical evidence places Craig at the scene. He said the only evidence against him is Thompson's statement, and the unreliable word of a "jailhouse snitch.''
"He didn't do it. They don't have any of his blood at the scene, no DNA, no evidence he was in a physical altercation,'' Ferris said. "She's the one with the cuts to both hands, the blood and the DNA there. She says it's all Frankie's fault, and she's possibly the most manipulative person you may meet in your life.''
Thompson is scheduled to take the stand today. The trial, before Chief Circuit Judge Archie Brown, is expected to wrap up before the end of the week.
If convicted, Craig faces up to life in prison.
misstrail

Since: May 07

Ypsilanti,Michigan

#1047 May 8, 2007
Amy lied are we really surprised i said all they had to go on to convict Frankie was Amy's word well thats not looking to realiable now is it? her "deal" is dead in the water monday starts this whole thing again
2slim

Savannah, GA

#1048 May 8, 2007
What do you mean she lied? She lied about what? How'd the court know she was lying?

Since: May 07

Ypsilanti,Michigan

#1049 May 8, 2007
i am not sure i didnt get all the details but that is why they asked for and got a mistrial because she lied in court
THE AUNT

United States

#1050 May 8, 2007
Fresh Prince wrote:
<quoted text>
MY BAD...I THOUGHT YOU WERE THEIR AUNT
What did you want to say to me?
Charlie Lau Family

United States

#1051 May 8, 2007
Mistrial was due to Amy stating that she isn't lying, because she took a lie detector test and passed. That is why there was a mistrial. Defense attorney wanted the mistrial due to that statement.
New trial date with new jury 5-14-07 @ 8:30a.m.
old school

Flushing, MI

#1052 May 8, 2007
Charlie Lau Family wrote:
Mistrial was due to Amy stating that she isn't lying, because she took a lie detector test and passed. That is why there was a mistrial. Defense attorney wanted the mistrial due to that statement.
New trial date with new jury 5-14-07 @ 8:30a.m.
its funny she can get through a lie detector but get busted in sooo many lies on the stand they had her on so much lexipro she coulnt help but pass your so doped up that anyone couldnt fail ask anyone that takes that stuff
Full of crap

Corvallis, OR

#1053 May 8, 2007
old school wrote:
<quoted text>
its funny she can get through a lie detector but get busted in sooo many lies on the stand they had her on so much lexipro she coulnt help but pass your so doped up that anyone couldnt fail ask anyone that takes that stuff
Amy was not caught in lies...She passed a lie detector test that Frankies lawyer had no idea she had taken.
I'm sure his line of questioning would have been diffrent had he known she passed the test.
Full of crap

Corvallis, OR

#1054 May 8, 2007
frankies friend wrote:
Amy lied are we really surprised i said all they had to go on to convict Frankie was Amy's word well thats not looking to realiable now is it? her "deal" is dead in the water monday starts this whole thing again
Her deal is not dead
Her deal stands,The judge still has the final say though.
the Judge never NEVER stated her deal is invalid now,infact he stated its still valid although he stated Amy better have a damn good reason why she blurted out she had taken & passed a lie detector test.
Noone ever tld amy not to mention the passing of the test.

Since: May 07

Ypsilanti,Michigan

#1055 May 8, 2007
then she has a shitty lawyer because he should know it isn't admissable in court and should have made sure she didn't mention it i smell a scam of some kind and the judge can change her plea deal and i sure hope he does the more i read the more i think amy is framing frankie ..she had the marks on her hands ,the blood... sounds like murder to me oh what a tangled web we weave...should be her motto
Simply Put

Portland, OR

#1056 May 8, 2007
Amy's guilty.She has admitted that.Just because OJ Simpson wasn't on video killing his ex doesn't mean he didn't kill her.Frankie the sissy is guilty as well.Trial isn't over yet.Amy's freind have been silenced by the truth,soon,all of Frankie the sissy's freinds will be as well.
Is it possible

AOL

#1057 May 8, 2007
Ya Think wrote:
<quoted text>
AMY is a proven Liar, Drug Abuser, Adulterer, Terrible Mother, Hard Drinker, Hooker, Thief, and Con Artist. You think she wouldn't stoop to set Frankie up?
Pray for the Lau family that the truth comes out, and they get peace and justice. And alo pray for the Craig family that Amy's lies will all revealed.

Since: May 07

Ypsilanti,Michigan

#1058 May 8, 2007
sissy friends?...she is the one proven to be a liar frankie hasnt' been proven anything ,She had blood on her hands She had cuts on her hands She admitted her guilt Frankie has admitted nothing and because he was with her in Ohio does not a killer make !!!!!!!!!!
Full of crap

Corvallis, OR

#1059 May 9, 2007
frankies friend wrote:
sissy friends?...she is the one proven to be a liar frankie hasnt' been proven anything ,She had blood on her hands She had cuts on her hands She admitted her guilt Frankie has admitted nothing and because he was with her in Ohio does not a killer make !!!!!!!!!!
Listen Frankie's Friend,No one said Amy is innocent.
She admitted to everything yesterday..It's no secret.."Amy stated it was all her idea to rob & kill Charlie,BUT she also stated she never stabbed,hit,touched Charlie in any way.
Tell me why would she admit to everything she admitted to & lie about not being the one that actually killed him?
Just because there is no DNA does not mean he was not there..all his clothes & shoes that he wore that day the police have...H mm how did they get them if he was not there? why did he have a loaded gun when picked up in ohio?Why Why Why????
I am sorry you only have a one sided story...There are always two sides to every story.
I for one am glad the mistrial happened..Frankie does deserve a fair trial.
But if for one minute you people think Amy acted alone in this crime y'all are crazier then she is.
Full of crap

Corvallis, OR

#1060 May 9, 2007
frankies friend wrote:
then she has a shitty lawyer because he should know it isn't admissable in court and should have made sure she didn't mention it i smell a scam of some kind and the judge can change her plea deal and i sure hope he does the more i read the more i think amy is framing frankie ..she had the marks on her hands ,the blood... sounds like murder to me oh what a tangled web we weave...should be her motto
I agree with this post to a certain extent.
Things don't add up..Its weird that no DNA of Frankie's was found..but maybe he was thinking of covering his tracks as the crime was taking place..I don't know..no one does except the two that were there.I Think they gave Amy the deal because they want Frankie real bad..they know he is lying they know he was there.If they thought Amy acted alone they would not have given her a lie detector test,that she PASSED.
All the questions that Amy was asked the day she gave the lie detector test were all pertaining to Frankie..She passed,thats why she was offered a deal..Which really is not a deal anyway..minimum 25 years max 45..thats no deal..life is 25 years..so wheres the deal?

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