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Credibility of defense witness questioned at Thompson trial

Prosecutors in Robert Thompson's double homicide trial Friday attempted to chip away at the defense's assertion that another man committed the 1986 murders, calling forth two witnesses questioning the credibility of a key defense witness.

Defense witness Lucile Mejia, 54, testified earlier this week that a man named Greg Meyers killed 12-year-old Jodi Ragsdale and 15-year-old Sheila Carter (Myers was said to have had briefly dated Carter).

However, two rebuttal witnesses who knew Mejia -- including her own brother -- testified Friday that she has a history of spinning tall tales and has previously tried to sell a story to an entertainment tabloid.

Lawrence Mejia, a retired Turlock Police officer and former Merced County Sheriff's reserve, testified that he ended his family relationship with his sister in the early 1990s after "years of nonsense, storytelling."

Under questioning from Chief Deputy District Attorney Dave Moranda, Lawrence Mejia said his sister never informed him of her theory that Myers killed the two girls, not Thompson.

When asked by Moranda if his sister is a believable witness, Lawrence Mejia replied "She is not credible. I would not believe a word she has to say."

For more about this story, read Saturday's Merced Sun-Star.