LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (NBC33) — Lafourche Parish deputies arrested three men in connection with a double murder that happened in September 2013.
Detectives say Toronzo “Tonto” Thompkins, of Raceland, allegedly ordered his son Traveyon “Goo” Blackledge and Jerrard “G” Major to kill 41-year-old Nikki Landry. That order also led to the murder of 54-year-old Harry Lefort.
Thompkins was in jail awaiting trial for crack cocaine distribution at the time, and Landry was scheduled to testify as a witness in the case.
Thompkins was initially arrested in April 2011 after agents obtained video evidence of Thompkins in a drug deal with Landry.
In the days leading up to the trial, Thompkins learned through court proceedings that Landry had been working as an informant for the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force.
According to reports, Thompkins contacted his son, Blackledge, telling him to kill Landry. Detectives learned Thompkins also contacted Major, one of his associates, for the same purpose, offering him money in return for killing Landry before the start of the trial.
On the morning of Sunday, September 22, Landry and Lefort were found dead inside Landry’s apartment. Both victims had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Blackledge was arrested on Thursday, February 6, and he confessed to his part in the crime.
Detectives then located and arrested Major on Sunday, February 9.
Both were booked on two counts each of First Degree Murder and are being held without bond.
Blackledge was additionally booked on outstanding warrants for drug distribution and contempt of court.
Thompkins was convicted of crack cocaine distribution on September 26, 2013, and was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison with hard labor.
On Monday, February 10, detectives obtained a warrant charging Thompkins with two counts of First Degree Murder. He is being held without bond.
Detectives say their investigation is ongoing.