FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2014
Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington,
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
Office: (870) 932-1513
JURY CONVICTS MARION MAN OF MURDERING HIS WIFE
MARION, ARK.- Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced Saturday that Crittenden County jurors convicted John Thompson, Jr., 46, of Marion, of First Degree Murder for the death of his wife Danielle Marie Thompson, 41. The jury returned its verdict late Friday evening, August 22, 2014.
Circuit Judge John Fogleman followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Thompson to forty years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
“We are grateful for the jury’s verdict. This was a difficult case that required many hours of work by the Marion Police Department and my deputies,” Ellington said. “Just to show you how tough this case was, Detective McDougal spent 22 months investigating Mrs. Thompson’s death and traveled to New Orleans a couple of times to interview witnesses. The jury had to sit through four days of testimony and their attention to detail yielded justice for Danielle and her family.”
During the four day jury trial held at the Crittenden County Courthouse, Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Tom Young of Marion and Tracye Walker of Jonesboro accused Thompson of murdering his wife on August 27, 2011, in their home at 953 Lackey Road in Marion, Arkansas. Thompson was a manager of the Osceola Wal-Mart at the time of his arrest.
Marion Detective Mark McDougal headed the investigation. He was assisted by Marion Detective Freddy Williams and Crittenden County Sheriff’s Detective Todd Grooms.
Ellington said, “McDougal did a fantastic job putting this case together, but he couldn’t have done it without the help he received from other officers in the Marion Police Department, the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department, the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Department, the Arkansas State Crime Lab, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division – New Orleans Office.”
Thompson was remanded to the custody of Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen while awaiting transport to the state penitentiary.