Woman appeals manslaughter conviction to state supreme Court

Komikka Katrice Gregory, 40, is appealing her manslaughter conviction to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Gregory was convicted by a jury in October 2018 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in February for shooting and killing Ronald Stanley Thompson, 58, on Nov. 16, 2017. The jury had found her not guilty of Class AA felony murder, but guilty of the lesser charge of Class B felony manslaughter.

Gregory’s defense attorney in the appeal, Russell Myhre, is arguing there wasn’t enough evidence presented at trial for a manslaughter conviction to stand. Ward County Special Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly Dillon is arguing the verdict was correct.

At trial, Gregory had argued she shot Thompson in self defense after Thompson intervened in a dispute between Gregory and her ex-boyfriend. She claimed Thompson put his hands on her, threatened her and blocked her path to the door. The prosecution argued that Thompson was crouching by the couch, holding his his arm in front of his chest, when he was shot and that he had been by the sofa in the apartment and not in the hallway, blocking Gregory’s path to the door.

Gregory shot Thompson three times.

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Sept. 9 in Bismarck.