Prosecutors: Gambling debts led to wife's murder

April 13, 2010 11:55:46 AM PDT
Prosecutors say a suburban Chicago liquor store owner with gambling losses and a failing business is one of two men charged with killing the businessman's wife of more than 40 years. Sixty-one-year-old Douglas Allen Thompson of Dyer, Ind., and an employee, 56-year-old Reginald Coleman, were being held without bond Tuesday at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Ind.

Thompson owns a Lynwood, Ill., liquor store.

Police found 62-year-old Beverly Thompson in a pool of blood in the Thompsons' home Friday. She died from a blow to the head.

An affidavit said Douglas Thompson lost more than $62,000 at Majestic Star Casino in Gary over four weeks ending April 7. It said some of the victim's jewelry was found in Coleman's Dyer home, owned by Thompson.