Jan. 15, 1973: Hutchinson News: Thrift Assault Trial Begins.
Thrift Assault Trial Begins A jury of seven women and five men was selected at midmorning midmorning Monday in the second district court trial of Larry D. Thrift, 27. Thrift, a former car wash attendant, attendant, was found innocent by reason of insanity last month of the 1967 murder of Renee Talbot, Talbot, a 3 >/2 -year-old Hutchinson girl. His new trial is on charges that he assaulted Patricia Tharp, of Hutchinson, also in 1967. She was 10 at the time. It was Thrift's arrest on the latter charges that led to the discovery discovery of the Talbot child's body. Miss Tharp was the first prosecution prosecution witness. She testified that she encountered Thrift in a grocery store parking lot after she had gone there to mail a letter. letter. She described how he forced her into his car and drove her to his East 2nd apartment. She said he tied her hands, took her clothes off, and assaulted assaulted her. After she lapsed into unconsciousness unconsciousness for a time, Miss Tharp said she awoke and found that Thrift had put her clothes back on. He then carried her down the stairs to the car and took her to the corner of her block, she said. Miss Tharp was hospitalized for two days for injuries suffered in the beating.