Thompson confessed to killings, cousin says


May 27, 2022

The triple murder trial for a Cloquet man began Tuesday with opening statements by attorneys and dramatic testimony.

Sheldon Thompson, 35, is accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, Jackie Defoe, their unborn child, and 20-month-old Kevin Lee Shabaiash Jr. in March 2020.

Thompson’s cousin Taylor Smith struggled to speak through tears and struggled to remember details during her testimony. But she clearly remembered what Thompson said to her on March 6, during a drive to Kwik Trip in Cloquet.

“He told me he had killed Jackie and her son,” she said, sobbing and swearing more than on...

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