UPDATE: Former corrections officer indicted for murder pleads not guilty

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UPDATE 3:20 p.m. April 20, 2021: Former Scioto County Corrections Officer has pleaded not guilty during his arraignment hearing this afternoon.

A grand jury indicted Billy Thompson on three felony charges Friday, April 16, including murder. The arraignment was the first time Former Corrections Officer Billy Thompson appeared before a judge following his indictment.

The charges come in connection to the May 2020 death of an inmate at the Scioto County jail, 56-year-old Kevin Bailey.

Thompson was taken into custody and officials say he will be released on an own recognizance bond. Following the hearing a representative of the family and said they are disappointed that Thompson is allowed out of jail on without a high cash bond.

“Mr. Thompson does have an impressive resume for anyone that worked in law enforcement or in the military, but that does not excuse the fact that this is a very serious crime and there are much less offense crimes in this county that have much higher bonds than an OR bond. So the family is disheartened and upset that he was free to go home today with a signature,” said Derek Myers, a spokesperson of Bailey’s family.

The judge has yet to set a date for Thompson’s next court appearance.


PORTSMOUTH, OH (WOWK) – A former corrections officer with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office has been indicted on felony charges in connection to his alleged role in the death of an inmate last year.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says a Scioto County grand jury indicted Billy Thompson on the following charges:

  • Murder – an unclassified felony
  • Voluntary manslaughter – a felony of the first degree
  • Reckless homicide – a felony of the third degree

The former corrections officer will be arraigned in the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas today April 20 at 2:30 p.m.

If Thompson is convicted of the charges, he could face 15 years to life in prison, Yost says.

According to Yost’s office, the charges are related to the fatal injuries 56-year-old Kevin Bailey suffered May 25, 2020, at the Scioto County jail. A struggle allegedly happened while corrections officers were moving Bailey within the facility.

Yost says Thompson is accused of slamming Bailey to the ground. The inmate was taken to a hospital where he died June 1, reportedly from “blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and torso,” the attorney general said.

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