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Elaine Lynn Thompson, 59

Elaine Thompson, a 59-year-old white woman, was fatally shot Thursday, Aug. 5, in the 2900 block of Foss Avenue in Mayflower Village, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Thompson's husband, Robert Maurice Thompson, called 911 about 1 p.m. and told the dispatcher he had shot his wife and she was dead, said sheriff's homicide Det. Ralph Hernandez, who is handling the investigation.

Authorities arrived and she was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:23 p.m. She had been shot in the back of the head, according to coroner's records.

Robert Thompson, a 64-year-old white man, was arrested and charged with murder, Hernandez said.

Investigators have declined to disclose why Robert killed his wife.

He was being held at the Inmate Detention Center downtown in lieu of $1 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 23 at Rio Hondo Municipal Court.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact Hernandez or Kevin Lowe at (323) 890-5500.

-- Sarah Ardalani

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