On Tuesday, September 17, a dead body was found in Saint Louis Park. Police received a call reporting the discovery of the body in a wooded area next to railroad tracks behind a building located at 5001 Cedar Lake Road. The female body had been wrapped in a purple sheet, and it showed signs of a brutal attack. The victim has since been identified as one Nerissa Annette Shaw, 46 of Minneapolis.
Today the Hennepin County Medical Examiner issued a press release with the conclusion that Shaw died of a homicide caused by multiple blunt force injuries, mostly to the face and head. Shaw also had a broken jaw, broken ribs and internal injuries. It was found that some of these injuries occurred after the victim had died.
Saint Louis Park Police worked in tandem with other law enforcement personnel to search for the former boyfriend of Shaw, one Walter Thompson, 54. Thompson was considered a likely suspect in the case because he had been charged with numerous assaults of the Nerissa Shaw in the past four years.
It appears that Thompson was not only violent with Shaw, because in addition to their violent relationship, Thompson also has a lengthy criminal history with other women, including at least two domestic assault convictions, one going back to 2002.
Police found Thompson at Shaw’s residence on 1017 15 E Grant Street, despite a current order for protection that was supposed to prohibit Thompson from going near Shaw. There have also been rumors that Shaw had been running from Thompson in the beginning of September, due to a recent beating and a threat against her life from Thompson.
During questioning, Thompson admitted that he had been drinking with Shaw on September 13th.
Security footage from Thompson’s apartment building on the morning of September 15th showed Thompson and two other women carrying out a large plastic bin with something inside it that was wrapped in a purple sheet. The two other women have now been identified as his sister, Senaca Ann Thompson, 53, and his daughter, Rachel Lee Thompson, 25. The three relatives moved the container into the backseat of Rachel Thompson’s car and drove off. Rachel Thompson told police that her father asked her to bring a container to his apartment and help him move something. She said that the container smelled foul but also had a bleach smell to it. She drove to her aunt’s home, and a few hours later the three drove separate cars to the dump site in Saint Louis Park. Rachel Thompson told police that her father said he was sorry, and that he had accidently killed Shaw while they were fighting.
The two women have been charged as accomplices in the case.
Walter Thompson is currently in custody at the Minneapolis City Hall Jail site on a two-million dollar bail. He was taken into custody at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday and he has since been charged with the following:
Murder in the 2nd degree, with intent, not premeditated
Domestic Abuse, violation of an order for protection
Trespassing, occupying/ entering a dwelling that was locked.
This case is just one more in an alarming crime trend of deadly domestic assaults in the Twin Cities, including Mandy Matula, Kira Trevino and Nancy Sullivan. For more information about recent similar cases, see the following link-
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