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Ill. women indicted in Compton death

April 03, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Two Illinois women being held in the stabbing death of former Morgan County businessman Ted Compton were indicted on a string of charges Tuesday, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery, according to a spokeswoman with the Morgan County Prosecutor's office.

Tonya Teresa Thomas, 23, of Marseilles, Ill., and Christina Bess Richardson, 23, of Mendora, Ill., were indicted by a Morgan County grand jury meeting this week in Berkeley Springs, the spokeswoman said.

Other charges handed down against Thomas and Richardson were conspiracy to commit armed robbery, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny, the spokeswoman said.

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The two women are expected to be arraigned Friday, officials said.

Compton, former owner of T.H. Compton Trucking in Berkeley Springs, met Thomas and Richardson in Florida, where he often vacationed, and invited the two women to Morgan County, police said.

A man gave two women a ride to Compton's house the night of March 17, according to testimony at a hearing last week. An argument ensued and Compton was stabbed five times inside his home, officials said.

The women left in Compton's car, which was later involved in a high-speed police pursuit through Jefferson and Berkeley Counties, according to police and court records.

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