Q: What happened with regard to the photo array you were shown?
THOMPSON: A couple of days after the rape, we had a suspect, and I was called down to the police station to review photos of men who fit the description who had committed similar types of crimes; and the photos were your individual type of mug shots. It was not a book that you flip through. I didn't have volumes. I didn't even have pages. I had seven, maybe eight photos in front of me that I was to look at, and it took me minutes to come to my conclusion.
Q: What kind of instructions did they give to you?
THOMPSON: I really wasn't given much instruction because they don't want to lead the witness. I was simply told that these are men who fit the description that I had given to them and I was to look at them carefully. He may be here and he may not be here, and that was a real important thing that they would ... they had to say to me because they couldn't look at me and say, 'He's in here. He's one of these guys'. So he may, he may not be in here, take your time, think through it. And then I chose the photo of Ronald Cotton.
Q: And then what did they tell you?
THOMPSON: After I picked it out they looked at me and said, 'We thought this might be the one', because he had had a prior conviction. It was the same type of circumstances sort of. When I picked him out in the physical lineup and I walked out of the room, they looked at me and said, 'That's the same guy', I mean, 'That's the one you picked out in the photo'. For me that was a huge amount of relief, not that I'd picked the photo, but that I was sure when I looked at the photo, that was him, and when I looked at the physical lineup, I was sure it was him, and again as a credible witness, I'd had the two to go together or the ... the court would just tear you up alive.