Alleged hit man Larry Thompson pleads not guilty

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 07/22 2014 08:52PM

Updated 07/22 2014 09:02PM

Larry Thompson Sr., a notorious ArkLaTex criminal, was transported from Angola to the Caddo Parish Courthouse Tuesday to face a murder charge. The charge is related to a 35-year-old cold case. The court date came on Thompson's  71st birthday. He waived formal arraignment for the second degree murder of Deanna Montgomery and pled not guilty. 

Ten law enforcement officers were in the courtroom for the short court appearance, to insure Thompson didn't escape. 

Kami Whatley was court-appointed as his attorney. 

Deanna Montgomery was riding in the car with her husband,  James "Jim" Montgomery,  when she was shot and killed. The murder happened on  New Year's Day on Line Avenue near Betty Virginia Park.  Montgomery's husband James is also charged with second degree murder in the case. A grand jury handed down the indictments in May, a year after James Montgomery, 73, was jailed on an aggravated rape charge. James Montgomery and Larry Thompson were acquaintances. 

 "Certain developments occurred within the last couple of years that brought things a little bit more to light," said Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott. "We obtained additional information. The initial discovery filing is expected to be about over 2,000 pages. When that's done, then you and the general public and the media will have access to a lot more information."


Thompson made the national news in 1986 when he was acquitted of shooting and killing New Jersey native Maria Marshall. Ocean City New Jersey investigators said Thompson confessed to Marshall's murder in April of 2014. 

According to Desoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, Thompson has also recently confessed to killing Larry Lester, back in 1988. The Desoto Parish District Attorney's Office is deciding whether to charge Thompson in the case, considering Thompson's old age. 

Thompson is currently serving an 80 year sentence for his involvement in the robbery of an armored vehicle, and attempting to kill a police officer. His next court date has not been scheduled, but James Montgomery is due in court on Aug. 27th, at 9:30 a.m. 

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