Columbia woman found dead, boyfriend charged with murder - WKRN News 2

Columbia woman found dead, boyfriend charged with murder

Posted: Updated: Sep 2, 2011 11:20 AM CDT
Tonya Thompson was found dead Thursday afternoon in Columbia. Tonya Thompson was found dead Thursday afternoon in Columbia.
Her boyfriend, John Lee Fleming, is behind bars. Her boyfriend, John Lee Fleming, is behind bars.
The Lindsey Drive home the couple shared. The Lindsey Drive home the couple shared.

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Authorities have formally charged the live-in boyfriend of a woman found fatally shot Thursday afternoon in Maury County with her murder.

Shacked and handcuffed and wearing an orange and white striped jumpsuit, John Lee Fleming IV appeared before a judge in Columbia around 10:15 a.m. Friday.

He entered a plea of not guilty for the murder of Tonya Thompson.

The young mother was found shot to death Thursday afternoon inside the home the couple shared in the 1600 block of Lindsey Drive, off Rutherford Lane, west of downtown Columbia and south of Columbia Community College.

Police have not released a motive for the slaying.

A posting on Thompson's Facebook page says she lives with Fleming and the two are "very happy together."

The judge declined to set bond for Fleming because he was on probation at the of Thompson's death for a previous domestic assault conviction.

Following the conviction, Fleming was ordered to forfeit all of his guns and weapons.

It was not immediately clear if the gun he allegedly used to shoot Thompson was one of the guns he was told to get rid of.

It was also not known if the previous domestic assault involved Thompson.

A hearing for Fleming will be held later this month.

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