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Man tells Fayetteville police he 'may have killed' woman

Posted May 27, 2010

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— Fayetteville police were investigating a woman's death Thursday after a man flagged down an officer and said he "may have killed" her, according to police.

Around 3:30 a.m., the man, identified as 55-year-old Tommy Lee Thompson, got a police officer's attention in the area of Gillespie and Russell streets and said that he "assaulted and may have killed an unknown female in the Hawley Lane area," police said.

Police said Thompson then took police to the crime scene – a wooded area near a creek – where they found a woman's body on the ground. She was identified as 40-year-old homeless woman, Katrina Elaine Colbert.

Police would not say what kind of trauma she suffered, and it was unclear whether she and Thompson knew each other.

Thompson, a homeless man and registered sex offender, was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree rape. He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Thursday.


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  • UPTOP May 27, 2010

    He found the Police? 'They didn't have to go looking for him ? What is going on here ?

  • 2beachy4u May 27, 2010

    I can't wait to hear the real story when it comes out. There are just not enough details to post this...much less draw any conclusions.

  • brwneyez70 May 27, 2010

    If he came out & admitted what he done, what happen to cause it? What he done was wrong unless he was defending himself but u have to commend him for being honest. My prayers go out to both of them.

  • wildcat May 27, 2010

    Thats scary. More than likely he did.

  • Glass Half Full May 27, 2010

    He'll plead not guilty when it gets to court.

  • PirateWorld May 27, 2010

    Well this is rare.

  • wralgolo2 May 27, 2010

    At least he took ownership for his actions.

  • Twittyfan May 27, 2010

    WOW!! Talk about being Honest. Glad the family can have closure. Praying for the families. What if he just happened to walk up on her and he may have been drunk and thought he done it but didnt. Who knows.

  • bj2o1o May 27, 2010

    It is unsettling to read an article like this where someone chooses to do the right thing after having done something so very wrong. I have often to my kids be honest, tell me the truth, compounding a lie with a mistake is not a wise choice - but still 'Wow'. Many families searching for their loved ones would appreciated more 'honesty' like this. Officers and courts must appreciate such 'honesty'. But is sure doesn't make this situation 'better' in that is does not undo anything.

  • Tiffany2007 May 27, 2010

    (Did he say "oops" when they found the body????)

    Shortcake53......that is so funny! He is probably sobered up and wondering what an idiot.