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Larry Thompson confesses to "Blind Faith" killing, provides lead to local investigators

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Robert Davidson looks through old DeSoto case files Robert Davidson looks through old DeSoto case files
Maria and Robert Marshall (Photo courtesy of Ocean Co, NJ prosecutor's Office) Maria and Robert Marshall (Photo courtesy of Ocean Co, NJ prosecutor's Office)
Deanna Montgomery (Photo courtesy of the Shreveport Times) Deanna Montgomery (Photo courtesy of the Shreveport Times)
Larry Thompson is infamous in local law enforcement circles, believed to be a cold-blooded hit man who killed anyone for a paycheck.

"Larry Thompson had a reputation as a vicious, criminal," retired DeSoto Parish investigator Robert Davidson remembers. "If you flew with him, you were going to pay the price. If anybody testified against him, they were going to pay the price."

Robert Davidson worked the 1988 murder of Natchitoches Parish man Larry Lester and says Thompson was the suspect from "day one."

Davidson believes Thompson cashed Lester's $15,000 worker's comp payout for him at a Shreveport bank. When Lester met with Thompson to get his cash, Davidson says Thompson shot Lester and left his body in a remote part Davidson. He says investigators simply never had enough evidence to charge him.

Thompson's currently serving a 80 years in Angola for a 2003 armored truck robbery in Shreveport, a sentence that will likely outlast his own life.

Davidson says many suspects come clean when faced with their own mortality, and that may be the reason Thompson recently opened up to New Jersey authorities.

"Lots of people change their mind when they found out somebody's been locked up, then people start talking [providing evidence]," Davidson said. "That's what happened in his case."

Ocean County, N.J. Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced Friday that Thompson confessed to the 1984 murder of Maria Marshall, a crime that originated in his jurisdiction but gained national attention.

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Thompson reached national notoriety during the murder trial of a New Jersey wife and mother Maria Marshall, a trial that eventually played out in the 1990 TV movie "Blind Faith" based on a book by the same name.

He was acquitted likely due in large part to the alibi family provided.

Last month, retired New Jersey police chief James A. Churchill visited Thompson in Angola were Churchill says he confessed to Marshall's murder.

Investigators say the confession plays a large part in the renewed interest for Lester's case, as well as Deanna Montgomery's Caddo murder.

Caddo DA Charles Scott announced second degree murder indictments against Thompson and Deanna's husband James Montgomery Thursday.

Related article: Indictments, arrests in 35-year-old Caddo cold case murder

"Hopefully, this gives families out there that have missing loved ones out there hope that at any given time the right information could come in," DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said. "Hopefully we'll be able to solve their cases also and give them some type of closure also."

Thompson cannot be tried again for his involvement in Marshall's murder. His family will not be charged with perjury since the statute of limitations caps charges at five years.

DeSoto DA Richard Johnson said they're still deciding what to do with the new information.

Harrison Co. DA Coke Soloman says they believe Thompson is the man behind Chester Underwood's murder, but his department is in the beginning stages of their investigation and will not take the case to the grand jury anytime soon, if at all given Thompson's advanced age and lengthy current sentence.

Many believe Thompson killed his own wife Sharon in 1977, but KTBS 3 News is told the confession did not cover that crime.



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