- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Three Lafourche Parish men have been arrested for their alleged roles in a September double murder after investigators learned a convicted drug dealer ordered his son and an associate to kill the lead witness prior to his trial.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1g56vKn) 35-year-old Toronzo Thompkins, of Raceland, is accused of orchestrating the murder of 41-year-old Nikki Landry and 54-year-old Harry Lefort, both of Larose.

Authorities said Thompkins allegedly instructed his 18-year-old son, Traveyon Blackledge, of Thibodaux, and 35-year-old Jerrard Major, of Raceland, to kill Taylor, who was scheduled to testify in Thompkins’ trial for crack cocaine distribution.

Agents videotaped Thompkins buying drugs from Landry as part of Operation Dry Bayou, an investigation targeting cocaine dealers in Lafourche, police said. While jailed, Thompkins learned Landry had been working as a police informant and he allegedly told his son to kill her, investigators said. Thompkins was offered money to help.

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

At trial, Thompson was convicted in the initial drug case and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was booked Monday with two counts of first-degree murder.

Lafourche sheriff’s spokesman Brennan Matherne said Blackledge confessed to the alleged crimes during questioning following his arrest last week.

Both he and Major also face two counts of first-degree murder and are being held without bond at the Lafourche jail.


Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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