- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - An Alexandria artist is accused of shooting and killing his son-in-law.

Tony Forrest, 64, was booked with second-degree murder in the death of 45-year-old Tommy Thompson, of Alexandria, who was shot at Forrest’s home. If he is indicted and convicted on the charge, he would face an automatic life sentence.

He remained in jail Thursday, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office website indicated.

The shooting about 10 a.m. Wednesday stemmed from an argument the previous evening, police spokesman Cedric Green said in a news release. He said police were not called until after the shooting.

Thompson was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It was not clear whether Forrest, owner of Tony Forrest Fine Art, had an attorney.

Forrest owns Tony Forrest Fine Art, and the Town Talk (http://townta.lk/1vf0hLu ) described him as a prominent local artist.

Forrest is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, and left a construction career in 2006 to become a full-time artist, according to his website. He says he was commissioned to paint a Greensboro bicentennial portrait of Andrew Jackson that hangs in the Guilford County courthouse.

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Online: http://www.tonyforrestfineart.com/

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