MOULTRIE — A suspect in the 2004 quintuple murder on Adel Highway now faces charges that could bring the death penalty.

A Colquitt County grand jury returned 25 felony indictments last week against quintuple murder suspect Jerry Johnny Thompson Jr. of Nashville, Ga. The grand jury’s presentments were released to the public Tuesday. Ten of those charges are for murder.

Assistant District Attorney David Miller would not comment on what he called an ongoing investigation. Rather, he said the indictment speaks for itself. Five counts of the indictment outline that the five alleged murders were committed under statutory aggravating circumstances of other capital felonies. Under Georgia law, these circumstances would pave the way for a jury to consider the death penalty as an option.

Thompson, 45, also known as “Cubano,” and Wilma Ann Yvonne Stover, 20, were charged in August in connection with the execution-style murders of Jaime Cruz Resendez, 25; his wife, Katrina “Tina” Darlene Resendez, 29; the couple’s son, Juan Carlos Resendez, 3; Katrina’s mother, Betty Watts, 50, of Norman Park; and family friend and housekeeper, Liliana Alegria Aguilar, 30, two years ago on Adel Highway.

The grand jury deliberated only on indictments against Thompson, not Stover.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents have said that Jaime Resendez was involved in a marijuana trafficking ring that stretched from Texas to Moultrie. The drug link resulted in federal indictments in April 2005 of Thompson, Stover and four other known associates of Resendez for trafficking more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $1 million.

Thompson is now in federal prison serving a 27-year sentence without a parole option.

Thompson wrote in a letter to The Observer admitting his involvement in trafficking “175 pounds of weed” but denies he killed anyone.

“Jaime was a major drug cartel member who snitched on his bosses in Mexico, and he was stealing money from these treacherous people and I didn’t know all of this at the time,” Thompson wrote. “... I didn’t do it, and the real murderer is still free.”

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