3 arrested after drug dealer orders adult son, associate to kill witness in his trial

3 arrested after drug dealer orders adult son, associate to kill witness in his trial

Credit: Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office

3 arrested after drug dealer orders adult son, associate to kill witness in his trial

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Jordan Gribble / Houma Courier

LAFOURCHE PARISH, La. -- Three Lafourche Parish men have been arrested for their roles in a September double murder, after investigators learned a convicted drug dealer ordered his adult son and an associate to kill the lead witness prior to his trial, authorities said Tuesday.

Toronzo "Tonto" Thompkins, 35, of Raceland is accused of orchestrating the murder of Nikki Landry, 41, and Harry Lefort, 54, both of Larose.

Thompkins allegedly instructed his son Traveyon "Goo" Blackledge, 18, of Thibodaux, and Jerrard "G" Major, 35, of Raceland to murder Taylor, who was scheduled to testify in Thompkins' trial for crack cocaine distribution.

Thompkins was initially arrested in April 2011 as part of Operation Dry Bayou, an investigation targeting cocaine dealers in Lafourche.

Agents videotaped Thompkins buying drugs from Landry, police said, and he was jailed two years while awaiting trial.

While jailed, Thompkins learned Landry had been working as a police informant, and he told his son to kill her, police said. Thompkins was offered money to help.

Landry and Lefort were found dead inside Landry's apartment Sept. 22, each having suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities said Landry was the primary target.

As an informant for the Lafourche Drug Task Force, Landry regularly bought drugs while wearing a hidden camera and volunteered information to police, prosecutors have said.

Thompkins' trial went on as scheduled after the murders. He was convicted and sentenced to 30 years.

Detectives said they realized early in the investigation that two gunmen were involved in the murders and began developing Blackledge and Major as suspects, Lafourche sheriff's spokesman Brennan Matherne said.

Blackledge was arrested Thursday and confessed during questioning, police said. Major was arrested Sunday.

Each is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and both are being held without bond at the Lafourche jail. If convicted, each faces a mandatory life prison sentence.

Thompkins, who remains jailed, was booked Monday with two counts of first-degree murder.

 

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