Man charged in shooting deaths of 2 found dead in US 192 motel room

By David Bodden, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018, 12:43 PM EST

An arrest has been made in connection to the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a U.S. 192 motel room in Kissimmee's tourism corridor.

At a news conference Thursday, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said Damon Duavall Session, 24, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 38-year-old Jerry Thompson Jr. and 34-year-old Ginger Lynn Freebold. Thompson was described as a transient in the area, and Freebold, according to Gibson, lived in Poinciana.

The two people were found Wednesday morning in a third-floor room by a cleaning crew at the Roomba Inn & Suites at 5840 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway after 911 dispatchers received a call about a stabbing. The cleaning crew called 911 initially thinking the two had been stabbed.

Deputies canvassed the area and Wednesday evening found Session, who during questioning said he and the victims were taking amphetamines in the room when an argument erupted that led to gunfire, investigators said.

"If you are buying drugs or selling drugs, people will kill you to get what you have, and this is just a prime example of that," Gibson said. "... This is a drug deal gone bad. ... Two people lost their lives for drugs."

Gibson did not say how the three people knew each other. Session has a long criminal history out of Georgia and Alabama, and he also has a charge of failure to appear in Osceola County, according to Gibson.

Earlier this week, the Sheriff's Office responded to the deaths of a mother and teen daughter, which they said was a murder-suicide. Detectives also continue to search for a man wanted in connection to the killing of his estranged wife.