Judge refuses bail for Cook in wife's slaying; her fiance tells of shooting<BR>

On Thursday, bail was denied a second time for murder suspect Steven Cook.

The Kingman/Cerbat Justice Court previously denied bail for Cook, 41, who is accused of murdering his estranged wife, Bonnie Cook, and attempting to murder her fiancé, David Thompson.

Superior Court Judge Steven Conn granted a motion by the Mohave County Attorney's Office that Cook continue to be denied bail.

During the hearing, Thompson, 36, testified that he and Bonnie Cook had been dating and were engaged to be married when she was killed Dec.


She also was 36.

The Cooks were going through a divorce or separation in December and had been separated or going through a divorce several times before, Thompson said.

"They were off and on.

He would stalk her, so she would go back to him," Thompson said of the Cooks' relationship.

"We were living together," Thompson said of his relationship with Bonnie Cook.

"We were dating and happy.

I asked her to marry me on Dec.

24 and gave her a ring."

Thompson said he and Bonnie Cook had been living together since October in a home he was buying in the 2000 block of Davis Street in Kingman.

Thompson said Steven Cook had not threatened him specifically, but said, "Don't worry.

It's not gonna last."

Under questioning by defense attorney Ron Gilleo, Thompson admitted he had two felony convictions for misconduct involving weapons dating to 1997 and 2000.

Thompson admitted he had smoked marijuana a day or two before the shooting.

He denied that he used methamphetamine.

Thompson also admitted he was separated from his "ex" girlfriend at the time he was living with Bonnie Cook.

Thompson said he returned to Kingman on Dec.

26 after visiting family in Tucson.

He left his house to visit one of his employees.

"Bonnie called me 15 minutes after I left," Thompson said, noting she acted "a little distressed.

I said I was on my way back and returned in 15

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I was opening the house door to put the key in.

I noticed movement or noise on my left side.

As I turned to look, this gentleman with a big goatee shot me."

Thompson said the goatee was six to eight inches long.

"I didn't recognize him immediately," he said.

Thompson testified that he was shot twice through the tailbone and right hip.

He said he staggered and ran down a breezeway.

"As I was trying to run, my legs gave out and I collapsed," he said.

Thompson testified that the man who shot him approached.

"I recognized him as Steven Cook then.

I never saw him with a goatee before.

… I might've said stop.

He just looked at me.

He raised the gun, and he shot me again.

It hit my planner … didn't penetrate the planner.

I thought I was dead.

I thought I was going to die.

I put my hands up.

He waited.

He fired again.

I was grazed on my right elbow.

Something gave me the gumption to get up because I thought he hadn't shot me that time."

Thompson said he pushed and "crashed" through the wall of his unfinished garage.

He said he stumbled and went toward the end of the carport and thought Cook shot at him a fifth time.

Thompson said he stumbled into gravel and looked for the first sign of light.

He said it was between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Thompson said he found a neighbor at home and asked him to call 911.

Kingman police dispatcher Joseph Gilbert testified that he took a 911 cell phone call the night of the shooting from a woman who sounded "very distressed and hard to understand.

She was screaming, moaning and sounded like she was in a lot of pain.

She said she had been shot by her husband, and didn't respond afterward." Gilbert said he never heard gunshots and that the woman did not identify herself.

Gilbert testified that shortly thereafter, he received a 911 call from a man.

The man said there was another man shot in the back who was breathing and conscious.

After questioning by Gilleo, Gilbert admitted there was no tape of the two 911 conversations because the tape system was apparently not working.


Allen J.

Peshano testified that he responded to the scene of the incidents but was not the first officer to arrive.

"I was the supervisor" and set up a perimeter, he said.

Peshano testified that other officers noticed a gunshot in a doorknob on the west side the home.

Peshano said officers found a female who was later identified as Bonnie Cook.

Cook was lying face down on the floor in a hallway between the kitchen and living room.

She had a cell phone in her left hand, which was held close to her face.

Peshano said officers tried unsuccessfully to revive her.

Peshano said she had gunshot wounds to the lower left side of her back and to her chest above her right breast.

A blunt-nose lead bullet was later found on the floor where Cook's body had been.