Indianola man pleads guilty to his role in the death of David Hutchins
Indianola, MS – In Sunflower County Circuit Court, Roy Hampton pled guilty to his role in the shooting death of David Hutchins in 2012, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Hampton had been indicted by a Sunflower County grand jury in June 2013 along with two other defendants for the charge of Capital Murder.
On Tuesday of this week, Roy Hampton pled guilty to the charge of Manslaughter. In Hampton’s plea hearing before Judge Ashley Hines, he admitted to his role in Mr. Hutchins death. Hampton admitted to aiding and assisting others in a failed attempt to rob David Hutchins which resulted in the victim dying of one fatal gunshot wound to the stomach. After being shot, David Hutchins was able to drive to the Indianola Police Department to report the incident and get medical treatment.
Hutchins died one week later at Delta Regional Medical Center. Prior to his death Mr. Hutchins identified Roy Hampton as being present and in his home when he was shot but he also stated that Hampton was not the gunman who fired the fatal shot. Roy Hampton pled guilty to Manslaughter for his actions and was sentenced to 19 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Hampton was ordered to serve the first 14 years in prison and he was remanded to the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections where he will serve the duration of his sentence.
Richardson added that, “the District Attorney’s office hopes that this conviction gives the family and friends of David Hutchins a sense of relief that one of those involved in his death has been brought to justice, and we will continue to work along with the Indianola Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations to prosecute others involved.”
February 18, 2015
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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