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Capital murder trial slated to begin this week

Capital murder trial slated to begin this week

21-year-old accused of killing uncle so he could rob him

March 25th, 2019 by Lynn LaRowe in Texarkana News

A 21-year-old man accused of killing his uncle so that he could rob him is scheduled for trial this week in Bowie County.

Andrew Deiontrey Hamilton appeared before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell on charges of capital murder and unauthorized use of a vehicle Monday morning at the Bi-State Justice Building in downtown Texarkana with Texarkana lawyer Jeff Harrelson.

Andrew Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton

Harrelson and First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp announced that both the prosecution and defense are ready for trial and prepared to select a jury to decide the case Tuesday morning at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston, Texas. If found guilty of capital murder, Andrew Hamilton faces life without the possibility of parole. The state is not seeking the death penalty.

Winfred Hamilton, 61, was found dead on the evening of Sept. 14, 2017, by Roland Hamilton, another of Andrew Hamilton's uncles and brother to Winfred Hamilton, on the living room floor of a house in Wake Village, Texas, in the 400 block of Village Lane, where the three resided.

Roland Hamilton told police Winfred Hamilton and Andrew Hamilton were both at home when he left after 6 p.m. Sept. 14, 2017, according to a probable cause affidavit. When he returned shortly before 11 p.m., Winfred Hamilton found his brother's body and discovered that someone had stolen items including two pistols, which had been locked in his bedroom.

Also missing was a 1998 Oldsmobile Delta 88 that belonged to Roland Hamilton but was primarily driven by Winfred Hamilton. Andrew Hamilton was arrested shortly after 4:30 a.m. by Texarkana Texas, police Sept. 15, 2017 after they pulled him over while driving the allegedly stolen Oldsmobile.

Found in the car were items allegedly missing from Roland Hamilton's bedroom, including a pistol holder, a .357 revolver, a Seiko watch and old coins. Police later recovered a Cobra .380 pistol taken from Roland Hamilton's bedroom and believed to be the murder weapon.

Andrew Hamilton has been in jail since his arrest with bail set at $1 million. The trial is expected to last several days with a verdict expected by the end of the week.

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