JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has arrested a man and charged him in the kidnapping and murder of 22-year-old Michelle Lee McCoy.
Police charged 26-year-old Kenneth Lee Thompson in connection with McCoy's January 2011 death. Thompson, who was already serving a life sentence at Suwannee Correctional Institute, was arrested there Tuesday and charged with kidnapping and murder, according to Lt. Rob Schoonover with JSO.
Investigators originally identified a different man, Larry Thompson, as a suspect in the case. He later committed suicide after a standoff with police.
McCoy was reported missing on Jan. 13, 2011 and her body was found Feb. 3, 2011 on Ribault River Lane, Schoonover said.
According to a JSO police report, a witness saw "a slender black female" attempting to get out of a van behind the Eveready Lounge, 8917 Washington Street, on the evening of Jan. 10, 2011. She was screaming and trying to get out, but a black male was able to force her back into the van.
The witness later recognized the female as McCoy on a missing persons flyer, according to the report.
Kenneth Thompson in February 2011 confessed his involvement in the incident and told police that he and Larry Thompson lured McCoy into a van at her home on Church Hill Drive, according to the report.
They then drove to the Eveready Lounge and ended up in the 3900 block of Ribault River Lane. Larry Thompson then strangled McCoy, struck her with a pistol and ran her over with the van, Kenneth Thompson told police, per the report.
They then buried her body, Schoonover said.
Kenneth Thompson was originally charged with robbery in 2011 in relation to McCoy's death, Schoonover said. He was tried on the robbery charges and sentenced to life, but JSO decided to bring him back and charge him with murder.
Police believe Kenneth Thompson and McCoy knew each other and that she had a stolen phone that he wanted, Schoonover said.
Kenneth Thompson will have his first court appearance early next month.
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