A southern Minnesota man is facing charges of murder in the death of his mother.
According to charging documents, 29-year-old Nicholas Scott Thompson is accused of strangling his mother, 51-year-old Rebecca Garber Thompson, at their home in Jackson, Minnesota.
The documents state that 911 dispatch received a call at 7:10 p.m. on July 1 from a person who said "ahhh I need assistance at 103 Circle Drive ahhh person down thank you" and then hung up.
Deputies arrived at the scene and met Nicholas outside the home, who told deputies that his mother needed help and was located in an upstairs gaming room of their house. She was found lying on the floor, her face and upper neck turned purple and she had apparent ligature marks on her neck.
She was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she died from her injuries on July 4. Her body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office in the Twin Cities for an autopsy.
Nicholas Thompson was taken in for questioning and admitted that his mother had taken him to work earlier in the day, and afterward he returned home, ate some corn dogs and then went to the bar to shoot pool. He claimed he didn't drink at the bar because he didn't have any money, but he returned home and drank half a bottle of scotch.
He explained to investigators that during one of his return trips to the freezer for ice he heard his grandmother, Maxine Garber, who also lives in the home, calling 911 for help, at which point he saw his mother face down on the floor.
On Aug. 28, the autopsy report was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, with Thompson's cause of death being ruled a homicide from complications of asphyxia due to probable strangulation.
Nicholas and his grandmother previously confirmed they were the only two people in the house with Thompson, and investigators ruled that the grandmother, because of her size (5'0'', 110 pounds) was "highly unlikely" to have caused the injuries found in the autopsy.
Thompson was arrested and is now facing a charge of second-degree intentional murder and two counts of second-degree unintentional murder.
The charging documents also note that Thompson has two prior convictions of domestic violence in the past 10 years.