Prosecutors in Ocean County say a Louisiana man has confessed to being the triggerman in one of the state's most notorious murder-for-hire cases.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato (Prosecutor's Office)

Larry Thompson was acquitted in 1986 of the murder of Maria Marshall at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway. Marshall's husband, Robert Marshall, was convicted of hiring Thompson and another man to kill his wife and has been in prison since.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said Friday a 12-month cooperative investigation with authorities in Louisiana culminated in Thompson's admission that he fired the shots that killed Maria Marshall. Thompson is currently in prison for armed robbery.

He admitted that witnesses who gave him an alibi for the day of the murder were lying or mistaken.

Thompson can't be retried under double jeopardy rules.


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