Daughter guilty of helping father dispose of his girlfriend’s body

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rachel Thompson pleaded guilty Monday to helping her father dispose of the body of the woman he murdered, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Rachel Lee Thompson, 26, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty to accomplice after the fact on the day her trial was to begin. She will be sentenced on March 4 and is expected to receive a sentence of probation, rather than prison time. Her father, Walter Thompson III, was sentenced late last year to nearly 34 years in prison for the murder of Nerissa Shaw in September 2013.

Walter Thompson had a long history of domestic violence against Shaw.  On Sept. 12, 2013, Thompson asked his daughter to come visit him in his apartment. When she arrived, he seemed depressed and his hand was swollen. He asked her to bring him a large container.

She brought him the container the next day and on Sept. 15, he called and asked her and her aunt, Senaca Thompson, to come to the apartment.  Walter Thompson loaded the heavy and foul-smelling container into Rachel Thompson’s car and had her drive to an area in St. Louis Park behind a business, where he removed the container.

Shaw’s body was found at that location two days later.