Army Officer Accused of Having Ammo at Airport


A former Fort Bragg soldier who previously faced charges of soliciting others to kill his ex-wife was charged Wednesday at Iowa International Airport with going through security with a handgun.

Army Capt. John Kurt Thompson was taken into custody by Des Moines police, according to police Sgt. Jason Halifax.

Thompson said he forgot he was carrying the pistol, three magazines containing six rounds of ammunition and a box of bullets, according to a local TV news report.

Thompson was charged with an airport screening checkpoint violation charge, which is a misdemeanor, and released, Halifax said.

In September, Fayetteville police charged Thompson with solicitation to commit a felony and conspiracy.

In court documents, it was alleged that Thompson was plotting to have his former wife murdered.

Those charges were dismissed Jan. 3 because of insufficient evidence, according to court records.

According to the charges filed by Fayetteville police, Thompson and a woman who lives at his address, Carrie N. Trampel, asked two people if they would be willing to kill Lauren Thompson.

Those two had been living in the same house as Thompson and Trampel and came forward to officers after moving out of the home, according to court documents.

Thompson, the pair alleged, had offered a silver 2005 BMW X3, money and a good lawyer in return, according to court documents.

Trampel was booked on identical charges, which were also dismissed in January.

Thompson, originally from Jefferson, Iowa, detailed a court battle with his former wife and his mental health treatment in a letter to the Fayetteville Observer before he was charged.

At the time, Thompson said he was a West Point graduate with 16 years of service who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 18th Fires Brigade when charged in September, but left the unit and Fort Bragg two weeks ago, officials said.

Thompson's next assignment is at Fort Lee, Va., officials said. He is scheduled to report there on Feb. 18.

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