Monday, August 14, 2000

Manhunt over after police arrest suspect

Warrant was issued for man wanted in Hamilton slaying

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A four-day manhunt ended Sunday morning with the arrest of a suspect in the shooting death of a 25-year-old man last week, Hamilton police said.

        Lavell Hamilton, 49, for whom police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday, was apprehended at 1:40 a.m. at 1352 East Ave., Officer Kristy Newman said Sunday.

        Mr. Hamilton was expected to be arraigned this morning in Butler County court on one count of murder. He was held without bond Sunday in the Butler County Jail.

        Police say Mr. Hamilton and Christopher Darnell Williams argued at a trailer park in the 1900 block of Dixie Highway early Wednesday morning, and that Mr. Hamilton shot Mr. Williams in the chest.

        Mr. Williams died of a gunshot wound to the heart, the Butler County Coroner's Office said. He was the sixth homicide victim in Hamilton this year.

        Police on Sunday released no information on the circumstances of Mr. Hamilton's apprehension or a possible motive for the slaying.

        Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records reveal that both had served multiple prison terms. Mr. Hamilton had served three prison terms for theft, aggravated robbery and weapons charges dating to 1975, and he was released in February 1997 after serving a year in prison for aggravated assault and theft.

        He has been arrested four times since then on drug-related charges, according to Hamilton police records.

        Mr. Johnson had served a year and a half in prison for drug possession and aggravated assault.


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