A Missouri man is hoping his belief in Scientology will save him from the death penalty. Kenneth Wayne Thompson is arguing that the religion will help a jury understand his actions on the day he allegedly bludgeoned his sister-in-law and her boyfriend to death with a hatchet and then set their home ablaze, the Arizona Republic reported. Jurors were asked about their views on Scientology during jury selection in the Arizona murder trial, the paper reported – and Tom Cruise’s name was mentioned during opening arguments. Prosecutors say the death penalty is called for because the March 2012 killings were premeditated. Thompson had driven non-stop for more than 24 hours from his home in rural Missouri to reach the couple’s home in Prescott Valley, they argue.
Source: Missouri man accused of murder uses Scientology for his defense