Dearborn County man pleads not guilty in deaths of his mother, grandfather

Posted at 6:00 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 18:46:20-04

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- A judge denied bail and set a trial date Tuesday for the man accused of killing his mother and grandfather near Aurora. 

Cody Booth, 29, was arrested in January in Kentucky after authorities said his and his girlfriend, 47-year-old Margie Thompson, killed his mother, Faith Craig, and his grandfather, Walter Bryant, and stole items from their home.

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The courtroom was packed with friends, family and veterans who wanted to see Booth stand before a judge. Bryant served 21 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a master sergeant.

"It was tough to sit there and look at (Booth) and know what he had done," said P.G. Gentrup, a longtime friend of Bryant and fellow veteran.

Booth is accused of stabbing his mother with Thompson's help. Dearborn County Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Deddens also said Booth pushed Bryant down a flight of stairs before stabbing him, too.

Deddens called the killing of a respected veteran like Bryant especially "egregious." 

In addition to the killings, Booth is accused of robbing his grandfather of money and military medals, and of stealing jewelry from his mother to pawn. 

Booth and Thompson made their way to Kentucky, where they were eventually arrested. Booth is facing two counts of murder, four counts of conspiracy and two counts of robbery.

Prosecutors said drugs played a large part in the case. Gentrup said Booth was "just in and out of trouble and couldn't get on the straight and narrow path of life."

Booth pleaded not guilty Tuesday. He and Thompson will be tried together beginning in November.