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December 16, 2010

Killer sentenced to life

James Arlie Hampton found guilty in death of Corey James David

Athens — After almost two weeks of trial, a jury in Carter Tarrance’s 392nd Court found James Arlie Hampton guilty of murdering Corey James David last January, and was sentenced to life in prison.

After deliberating almost 3-1/2 hours Tuesday, the nine-woman, three-man jury came down with a verdict at 6 p.m. of guilty.

In the punishment phase Wednesday, it took them close to two hours to give him life in prison.

 David’s charred remains were discovered on Jan. 7 in a field off of Farm-to-Market 3911.

“This was a very tough case,” District Attorney Scott McKee said. “The fact of the body being burned made it tough to get evidence for the case. We had to wait for the autopsy before we could even come up with a suspect.”

Hampton was booked into Henderson County Jail upon his apprehension by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Henry Ashford, who set his bond at $1 million.

The arrest was made by Bryan Tower, who had been involved in the case since the victim’s sister reported him missing on Jan. 2, assisted by Texas Ranger Michael Adcock and District Attorney’s  Investigator Jody Miller.

Tower discovered the body in a field about two miles from State Highway 190 that had been burned and partially buried.

An autopsy reported the death was accompanied by “homicidal evidence.” The evidence was a bullet wound.

Presented with the evidence, Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams issued the warrant for Hampton’s arrest.

In the punishment phase Wednesday, there was testimony of Hampton’s drug dealing, as well as his own drug use. Plenty of drug paraphernalia was found in the home, where it looked to have been used, as well as sold.

“We are really pleased with the outcome of this trial,” McKee said. “With all the hard work that went into preparation, we are really happy with the result.”

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