Suspect in slaying apprehended

Friday, December 28, 2012
Terry Thompson (Contributed photo provided by Marshall Police Department)

A man wanted for questioning in the fatal stabbing of a Marshall woman was apprehended by Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers in Clarksville shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.

Marshall Police Chief Mike Donnell said Terry Thompson,* 45, was taken into custody without incident and is considered a suspect in the death of Rebecca Fisher, 32.

Clarksville is on the Mississippi River north of St. Louis.

Fisher was found late Wednesday on the porch of a Birchwood Circle residence by an EMS crew and police officers. She was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Early Friday, Saline County Circuit Court Judge James "Tut" Bellamy issued an arrest warrant for Thompson listing charges of class A felony first-degree murder and unclassified felony armed criminal action.

According to the probable cause statement, Thompson and Fisher were in an "off and on" relationship.

Officers investigating the assault reported finding blood in a nearby parking lot and in a trail leading to the porch where Fisher was found. Officers also found a knife, cash and pieces of a cell phone in the parking lot.

Bond for Thompson was set at $500,000 cash only.

Thompson was booked into Saline County Jail shortly after 6 a.m. Friday, according to jail records provided by Sheriff Wally George.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.

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Note: In the breaking-news version of this story, the name of the suspect was inadvertently listed incorrectly. The problem was detected quickly and corrected, but we apologize to Terry Townsend for the mistake. The Marshall Democrat-News regrets the error. [Return to story.]