Police have charged two Calhoun County men with first-degree robbery and kidnapping charges for their alleged involvement in the homicide of Wellborn Elementary School teacher Kevin Thompson.
Tyrone Thompson of Weaver and Nicholas Smith of Jacksonville were both in police custody this morning on $100,000 cash bonds each, Jacksonville police Chief Tommy Thompson said.
Cherokee County deputies also plan to charge the two men with capital murder and will seek those warrants Monday, Chief Thompson said.
Tyrone Thompson was in custody at the Anniston City Jail this morning and has been since Friday morning, when Anniston police and Jacksonville investigators picked him up for allegedly using Kevin Thompson's ATM card at various banks around Jacksonville and Anniston.
Chief Thompson said that Tyrone Thompson is a childhood friend of Kevin Thompson's. Police said it was not immediately clear whether the two Thompsons, Kevin and Tyrone, were related.
Smith was in custody at the Clayton County Jail in Georgia. It's unclear if he knew 29-year-old Kevin Thompson, police said.
Chief Thompson said investigators suspect Smith and Tyrone Thompson arrived at Kevin Thompson's Jackson Trace apartment sometime late Wednesday evening.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Kevin Thompson was not immediately alarmed when the two suspects showed up and asked him to go for a ride with them, because he knew Tyrone Thompson from childhood, the Jacksonville chief said.
Jacksonville police suspect Tyrone Thompson and Smith forced the Wellborn Elementary teacher to go with them to withdraw cash from banks in Anniston and Jacksonville.
After withdrawing an unknown amount of money from Kevin Thompson's bank accounts, Smith and Tyrone Thompson drove - in the victim's silver Honda Civic - to Cherokee County, where they allegedly killed Kevin Thompson, police said.
Chief Thompson declined to release details about how Kevin Thompson died or whether weapons were used during his kidnapping.
The chief estimated that Kevin Thompson died sometime after midnight on Thursday morning.
Frances Curry, the victim's mother, first reported him missing to Jacksonville police around 9 a.m. Thursday, after Wellborn Elementary officials notified Anniston police that Kevin Thompson had not shown up for work at the school, where he taught third grade.
Police plan to transfer Tyrone Thompson to the Calhoun County Jail sometime today.
Smith is fighting extradition from Georgia, but police hope to have him transferred to Calhoun County sometime this weekend, Chief Thompson said.
Both Smith and Tyrone Thompson have been arrested and charged with robbery before, Chief Thompson said.
After an hours-long search Friday evening, police found Kevin Thompson's body alongside U.S. 278 in Cherokee County.