Posted: Jul 22, 2013 8:06 PM by Drew Trafton - MTN News
BILLINGS - According to the Billings Police Department, Shirley Lawrence, a 77-year-old Billings woman who was found dead in her home, was murdered by her great-grandson, identified as Robert Thompson, 19.
Lawrence was discovered in her home at 4434 Murphy Avenue at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
An autopsy conducted on Monday morning determined that Lawrence died from blunt force trauma to the head and multiple stab wounds.
St. John said the Billings Police Department learned of the murder when a family member. checking in on Lawrence, called police to report a suspicious death.
Family members also reported a missing vehicle and television.
Detectives learned that Robert Thompson had been staying with Lawrence at the residence on Murphy, and was also missing.
St. John said Thompson was then labeled as a person of interest.
Detectives gathered information from interviews that led them to believe that Thompson may be heading to the Denver area and issued "an attempt to locate" notice for both Thompson and the missing vehicle.
At approximately 9:40 a.m. on Saturday morning, Billings detectives were contacted by the Denver Police Department and notified that Thompson and three male juveniles from Billings had been located in the missing vehicle and taken into custody in Denver.
St. John said that when questioned by Denver detectives, Thompson confessed to killing Lawrence.
Denver police released the three juveniles into the custody of their parents after determining they were not involved in the homicide.
St. John said Thompson has been charged with deliberate homicide and that Yellowstone County Attorney's Office will be handling Thompson's extradition from Denver to Billings.
Thompson is currently being held on a $250,000 bond.