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TWINSBURG OFFICER JOSH MIKTARIAN MURDER TRIAL: Dispatch Tapes Trigg...

There are 43 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from May 25, 2010, titled TWINSBURG OFFICER JOSH MIKTARIAN MURDER TRIAL: Dispatch Tapes Trigg.... In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

Prosecutors have resumed calling witnesses in the murder trial of 25-year-old Ashford Thompson, who faces a possible death penalty for the fatal July 2008 shooting of Twinsburg Police Officer Joshua Miktarian.

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MAD TO THE BONE

Erie, PA

#22 May 25, 2010
Hey Ashford wrote:
Burn in hell you piece of worthless waste of life!!!
DIE MOOLY DIE!!!!!!!!!!
polly

Akron, OH

#23 May 25, 2010
to casual observer, you REALLY think this is about race???? Come on now, and by the way, how do you know that bartz guy is a liar??? If I recall, nothing was ever mentioned at the time of the stop, that thompson was being pulled over for drunk driving, I believe it was for Loud Music, and thompson new he had some past drug problems and THAT is why this happened,(so I hear). whatever past BS he had, No excuse to do what he did. Fry his sorry ass!!!!!!!
Dani

Painesville, OH

#24 May 25, 2010
Casual Observer wrote:
Ashford Thompson is guilty of murder.....not aggravated murder. The truth is coming on what went on that night. He was wrong and will spend alot time behind bars thinking about it. There is more to this story that everyone needs to hear. Bartz's testimony is a flat out lie. Lot of hating on the black guy here without trying to understand EXACTLY what and HOW things went down that night. It wasnt as VANILLA as it is being reported and portrayed. Wait til the girlfriend and Ashford tell their side. It wont validate what happened. I oppose what he did. Having said that, this officer did not follow protocal and I believe racial profiling did play a part in this.
i completly agree.
there are a bunch of unanswered questions right now
but it was not a necessary stop for officer miktarian to make
and what was he being handcuffed for? as i recall he was stopped for loud music most people dont get arrested for loud music
and it was right in front of his home
im just waiting for answers becuase it doesnt add up right now
Dani

Painesville, OH

#25 May 25, 2010
polly wrote:
to casual observer, you REALLY think this is about race???? Come on now, and by the way, how do you know that bartz guy is a liar??? If I recall, nothing was ever mentioned at the time of the stop, that thompson was being pulled over for drunk driving, I believe it was for Loud Music, and thompson new he had some past drug problems and THAT is why this happened,(so I hear). whatever past BS he had, No excuse to do what he did. Fry his sorry ****!!!!!!
he had no previouse record
polly

Akron, OH

#26 May 25, 2010
to dani, he did have something from his past, it may not have been drugs, but i do believe, there was something out there. i apologize if i got something wrong, but i think back when it happened, i had heard that he had something else that went on and whatever it was, would have been maybe a fine or something like that. he didnt have to kill Josh.
polly

Akron, OH

#27 May 25, 2010
maybe Josh ran the license plate and found out something wasnt right with this guy, who knows. time will tell.
Dani

Painesville, OH

#28 May 25, 2010
yes it will and i cant wait for the truth!
either way he is not innocnet but we cant judge until we know the truth
Stephen

Middletown, OH

#29 May 25, 2010
Casual Observer wrote:
Ashford Thompson is guilty of murder.....not aggravated murder. The truth is coming on what went on that night. He was wrong and will spend alot time behind bars thinking about it. There is more to this story that everyone needs to hear. Bartz's testimony is a flat out lie. Lot of hating on the black guy here without trying to understand EXACTLY what and HOW things went down that night. It wasnt as VANILLA as it is being reported and portrayed. Wait til the girlfriend and Ashford tell their side. It wont validate what happened. I oppose what he did. Having said that, this officer did not follow protocal and I believe racial profiling did play a part in this.
Read the statute for aggravated murder: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2903.01 :
(E) No person shall purposely cause the death of a law enforcement officer whom the offender knows or has reasonable cause to know is a law enforcement officer when either of the following applies:

(1) The victim, at the time of the commission of the offense, is engaged in the victimís duties.

Open and shut if you ask me.
Casual Observer

Lakewood, OH

#30 May 25, 2010
Dani wrote:
<quoted text>
i completly agree.
there are a bunch of unanswered questions right now
but it was not a necessary stop for officer miktarian to make
and what was he being handcuffed for? as i recall he was stopped for loud music most people dont get arrested for loud music
and it was right in front of his home
im just waiting for answers becuase it doesnt add up right now
Finally a free thinker! In his driveway not on the road by the way!! Why isnt that being reported? officer Miktarian did something and I want to know what. This was not cold blooded. Ashford is a good guy. I still dont agree with his terrible decision he made. No matter what really happened.
myview

United States

#31 May 25, 2010
He admitted to murdering this officer and no matter what kind of spin is put on it, he is still a cold blooded killer and deserves the death penalty. Plain and Simple. End of story!
shawn

Apo, AE

#32 May 26, 2010
look at it like this he dam near unloaded a clip on a law enforcement officer and a few in the head that pure murder i dont think he shot have the privelege to die humanly in prison her need to rot forever in a cell with no possability for porole
Britnee

Lakewood, OH

#33 May 26, 2010
This is ridiculous. only CASUAL OBSERVER would think this was profiling. His music was up loud (PROVEN BY BYSTANDERS) and he was pulled over because there is a noise ordinance in twinsburg and it was after midnight. Miktarian was doing exactly what he was supposed to do. the guy was not cooperating and thats why Miktarian was putting him in handcuffs. There was no reason for him to shoot Josh. He never even took out his gun so what was his reasoning for shooting. it could have been any white male/woman and he would have pulled them over. Casual Observer maybe you should get your head out of your a$$ and look at the facts. They have video and recordings of him calling in the plates. HE DID HIS JOB and this piece of crap man killed him for no reason. He was shot 4 times in the head and they found the bullets in the ground which means joshua had no defense. Real fair huh? THIS MAN WILL ROT IN HELL HE WILL NOT GO TO HEAVEN. Maybe your one of ashfords homies so you think hes a good guy but anyone that find it necessary to shoot a cop when he was not threatened to get the death penalty no questions asked.

I only pray that the court sees it the way all the "logical" thinkers on here do. PRAY FROM HOLLY AND THEA during this rough time.

“A work in progress”

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#34 May 26, 2010
Britnee wrote:
This is ridiculous. only CASUAL OBSERVER would think this was profiling. His music was up loud (PROVEN BY BYSTANDERS) and he was pulled over because there is a noise ordinance in twinsburg and it was after midnight. Miktarian was doing exactly what he was supposed to do. the guy was not cooperating and thats why Miktarian was putting him in handcuffs. There was no reason for him to shoot Josh. He never even took out his gun so what was his reasoning for shooting. it could have been any white male/woman and he would have pulled them over. Casual Observer maybe you should get your head out of your **** and look at the facts. They have video and recordings of him calling in the plates. HE DID HIS JOB and this piece of crap man killed him for no reason. He was shot 4 times in the head and they found the bullets in the ground which means joshua had no defense. Real fair huh? THIS MAN WILL ROT IN HELL HE WILL NOT GO TO HEAVEN. Maybe your one of ashfords homies so you think hes a good guy but anyone that find it necessary to shoot a cop when he was not threatened to get the death penalty no questions asked.
I only pray that the court sees it the way all the "logical" thinkers on here do. PRAY FROM HOLLY AND THEA during this rough time.
You said it! I think race is not the issue, I think any punk disobeying the law and playing their music loud etc would get pulled over there. There are plenty of white people with systems in their cars too. He was resisting and not following the officers orders. Josh didn't even have a chance to draw his weapon! That murderer is a POS and he will pay for what he has done. Holly and Thea do need prayers. I hope they truly know justice will be served.

“A work in progress”

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#35 May 26, 2010
Casual Observer wrote:
<quoted text>Finally a free thinker! In his driveway not on the road by the way!! Why isnt that being reported? officer Miktarian did something and I want to know what. This was not cold blooded. Ashford is a good guy. I still dont agree with his terrible decision he made. No matter what really happened.
Does it really matter WHERE he murdered him at?? Why are you so stuck on whether it was his driveway or the road. Not obeying the law -is not obeying the law whether he made it to his driveway or not.
Casual Observer

Lakewood, OH

#36 May 26, 2010
adored78 wrote:
<quoted text>
Does it really matter WHERE he murdered him at?? Why are you so stuck on whether it was his driveway or the road. Not obeying the law -is not obeying the law whether he made it to his driveway or not.
Because several dont make sense and I for one want the truth. No matter what Josh did, Ashford was wrong. Ive said this all along. But somethings happened for it to get to that point. It is not in Ashfords charactor to do this. No way is it coldblooded either. The reason why Ashford reacted, which I disagree with, had to be due a perceived threat for him and his girlfriend. He is not a thug like people want to think. I guess it makes it easy for alot of people to think like that. NO WAY could they possibly think Josh abusive. Its just easier to paint Ashford as a thug with"demons"inside him. What a load of crap that testamony is. Maybe someone should call Al and Jessie because I see race as a big element in this case. The truth can only be kept quiet for so long everyone. I only hope Ashford takes the stand and tells the God's honest truth about that night. Maybe we'll all see that Josh was fallable just like the rest of us and not this iconic perfect human being being portrayed everywhere. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MURDERED BUT HE WAS NOT INNOCENT THAT TRAGIC NIGHT. SOMETHING HAD TO HAVE HAPPENED.
justice needed

United States

#37 May 26, 2010
Why does anyone think there must have been a reason? If a police officer places u under arrest, that's it- you go to jail! If you feel it's wrong, then you go to court and plead your case. It is NEVER ok to fight with or resist the police. Ashford will get what he has coming to him....the needle.
trucrime

Avon Lake, OH

#38 May 27, 2010
RugbyMom wrote:
ANY PERSON WHO CAUSES THE DEATH OF A POLICE OFFICER SHOULD GO STRAIGHT TO DEATH ROW, AND NOT SIT THERE FOR DECADES. START AN EXPRESS LANE FOR COP KILLERS - 1 YEAR OR LESS, THEN YOU'RE HISTORY!
I have to agree with you. What is the problem in Summit County where it takes two years to get to a trial! They are having a trial to determine if Ashford Thompson should be spared the death penalty. Are they kidding, what part of this police officers death suggests anything but the death penalty.
trucrime

Avon Lake, OH

#39 May 27, 2010
adored78 wrote:
<quoted text>
You said it! I think race is not the issue, I think any punk disobeying the law and playing their music loud etc would get pulled over there. There are plenty of white people with systems in their cars too. He was resisting and not following the officers orders. Josh didn't even have a chance to draw his weapon! That murderer is a POS and he will pay for what he has done. Holly and Thea do need prayers. I hope they truly know justice will be served.
OMG thank you for setting the record straight. Remember when the story first aired, Ashford Thompson's first lawyer tried to make the case racial. It didn't go very far when he found out Josh had a pizza shop and employed blacks and whites.
I guess Ashford had two years to make up his excuse, Josh had two minutes of call time.
I wish Josh would have had time to release his dog from the patrol car but then I wonder if he would think twice because after all he is a white cop stopping a black man. I don't understand why everything gets down to race. I don't believe Miktarian was a racist, I have not heard one racist statement regarding anything the defense has tried to dig up so I have to believe if there was one thing they would have used it and blown it up to front page status by now.

Give ASHFORD THE NEEDLE that is what he deserves, send the message we will not allow our police officers to be murdered without justice.
Hmmm

Brecksville, OH

#40 May 27, 2010
Dont think that the situation cant excede your imagination. the media has formed an opinion for you; you have not hard all sides so you cant properly form an opinion. just be mature about this as well as opened minded. there are no hard feelings towards your comments, you have a right to an opinion, just be fair to both sides and there info.
Casual Observer

Lakewood, OH

#41 May 27, 2010
Hmmm wrote:
Dont think that the situation cant excede your imagination. the media has formed an opinion for you; you have not hard all sides so you cant properly form an opinion. just be mature about this as well as opened minded. there are no hard feelings towards your comments, you have a right to an opinion, just be fair to both sides and there info.
Totally agree with you. The media has almost created a modern day lynch mob. Being mature just might be too much to ask for from mother of two, nikki, and wise observer. Im just saying that I personally know Ashford and this was way of his charactor. Alot of people just see young,black and gun and want to execute without even wanting to know what happened that night. No way did Ashford just shoot him in cold blood. Like I have also stated all along, Ashford was wrong no matter how one looks at this. But not aggravated murder wrong!!!

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