Marion County Man Convicted For Murdering His Wife

MARION, AR -- A Marion man has been convicted of First Degree Murder for the death of his wife.

Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas Scott Ellington said 46-year-old John Thompson Jr. was found guilty Friday evening.

Circuit Judge John Fogleman, following the juror's recommendation, sentenced Thompson to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Ellington says this was a tough case.

"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. 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," Ellington said. "The jury had to sit through four days of testimony and their attention to detail yielded justice for Danielle and her family."

Prosecutors accused Thompson of murdering his wife on August 27, 2011 in their home on Lackey Road in Marion.

Thompson was a manager of the Osceola Wal-Mart at the time of his arrest.

Ellington said Marion Detective Mark McDougal headed the investigation -- but it took a team of others to bring it to a close.

"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 taken into the custody of Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen while he awaits transport to prison.

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