Investigators say the death of WKU freshman Larry Thomas was a robbery gone wrong.
Bowling Green Police Department detective Matt Davis delivered revealing testimony earlier today at the preliminary hearing of Fort Myers, Fla. freshman Dominique Wortham, 21, and Paducah resident Adrianna Mason, 19.
Both Wortham and Mason are being held in the Warren County Regional jail on $1 million bond for the alleged murder of Thomas. Judge Sam Potter found probable cause to hear the case. The two will go before a grand jury at a later date.
Using testimony from Mason, whom BGPD identified as to having contact with Thomas the day of his death, BGPD began to put together a timeline of events, Davis said.
Davis said Wortham and Mason planned to rob Thomas, who was given marijuana to sell for Wortham. Davis said Thomas owed Wortham $1,000 for the marijuana, and that Wortham and Mason planned an armed robbery to steal the money.
According to Mason’s testimony, Davis said Mason met with Thomas, hanging out with him throughout the day, while relaying messages of Thomas’s activities to Wortham. Inside Thomas’s apartment, Mason planned to distract Thomas by getting him in the shower, while she unlocked the door for Wortham to enter the apartment, steal the money, and leave.
When Wortham couldn’t find the money by the time Thomas got out of the shower, a fight broke out between the still nude Thomas and Wortham, Davis said. The two fought for control of Wortham’s firearm, eventually resulting in a single gunshot to Thomas’s stomach, and later his death at the Vanderbilt Medical Center on Sept. 3.
BGPD and the Paducah Police Department spoke with Mason before arresting Wortham. After Wortham’s arrest, Mason was brought into custody.
Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct an error in the last paragraph and charges against Wortham and Mason were clarified. 1:24 p.m.