WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- This afternoon a Wilmington man appeared in court to face a charge of attempted first degree murder.
Tonight Kolton Thompson sat down with us to try and clear his name for something he claims he still knows nothing about.
Thompson, 24, is charged with trying to kill Tycoreus Wadell as Wadell rode a bike near Creekwood Thursday, but he claims he had never even heard of Waddell until after he was arrested. Now he's asking Wadell to clear him of the charges.
By his own admission Thompson has lived a thug life.
"I was a Blood," Thompson said during an interview at the New Hanover County Jail, where he is in custody. "I'm not going to say I was a Blood, because I am a Blood."
After a warning from the District Attorney's Office, Thompson says he changed his ways and became what he calls a family man.
"They told me Dec. 6 that if I get charged with anything, they're going to fry me," Thompson said. “They're going to do their best to put me under the jail."
Words he says have played over and over in his head since he was arrested on attempted first degree murder charges.
"If I would have done it, I would be A-OK," Thompson said. "I would have already known I would have done it, so I would know what to look forward to. Right now I don't know what to look forward to. I don't know if I'm going to see my freedom again or anything."
Though there may be uncertainty surrounding the charges, while behind bars Thompson claims there is one thing he is certain about: he was not near Spaulding Dr. and Stewart Cir. Thursday when someone shot at Wadell.
"I was either at the hospital or at the studio. One or the other," Thompson said. "I'm not even going to lie to you. My brain be on drugs. I smoke a lot of bud."
Thompson says ultimately he knows the truth will set him free, which is why he is making one final plea to Wadell to come forward and tell the truth.
"You don't even know me, bro," Thompson said. "I don't even know you, man. It's only up to you to get me out of this, man. I'm in here for $750,000 almost a million dollars because you lied and said I shot at you. I've never seen you, and I've never heard of you."
Thompson and co-defendant Daiquan Jacobs, 17, who Thompson says he vaguely knows, remain in the New Hanover County Jail under $750,000 bond. Police are looking for a third man they say were with Thompson and Jacobs when Wadell was shot at.