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Police: Great Grandson Admits Murder

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According to Billings Police, a teen admitted to killing his great grandmother on Billings south side on July 19th.

Billings Police said they responded to the murder of 77-year-old Shirley Lawrence on Murphy Avenue Friday night. Lawrence's great grandson, 19-year-old Robert Thompson, was staying with her at the time, and he was the prime suspect. Along with Lawrence's stabbed and badly beaten body, officers noticed her car and television were missing from the scene. Saturday morning, Denver Police located Lawrence's car with Thompson and three Billings juveniles in Arapahoe County, Colorado. Shortly after being detained, Billings Police were notified Thompson had admitted to killing his great grandmother. "We have a really tragic and egregious scene, but it was handled extremely well by our officers and detectives, and there was a very quick resolution to it. So, we're very pleased we're able to bring some closure, at least on the short term for the family," Chief Rich St. John said.

Chief St. John said Shirley Lawrence died of blunt force trauma. He said Robert Thompson has been charged with deliberate homicide, and he is awaiting extradition back to Montana. All three boys were released to their parents because officers believed they were not connected to the crime.

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