Double Murder Trial Underway in Monticello

MONTICELLO, AR (Ben Caxton) — A double-murder trial is underway in Monticello. 40-year-old Lavar Thompson is charged with two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Jeremiah Johnson and Sholonda Binns in 2016. According to court testimony, Thompson was returning in a car from a local “juke joint” the night of January 10th with Kareena Gold and Jeremiah Johnson. Gold was driving, with Johnson in the front passenger seat. Thompson was in the back seat. When they arrived at Johnson’s home Gold says Thompson shot her, and Johnson. She fled to call 9-1-1 and Thompson drove off with the car. Thompson turned up a short time later at the home of Markeia Jamison and Sholonda Binns, where he climbed into bed and fatally shot Binns. Jamison was able to wrestle the gun from Thompson, shoot him, and call the police who came and arrested him. At trial this week Thompson’s attorney claimed that Thompson had no reason to harm his friends, saying in his opening statement that he was drunk to the point of alcohol poisoning on the night of the murders. Thompson faces additional charges of attempted capital murder in the non-fatal shooting of Kareena Gold, and aggravated residential burglary in connection with the fatal shooting death of Binns. If convicted Thompson could face the death penalty.



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