Camden County investigation leads to second degree murder arrest

Published 12:04 pm Friday, March 27, 2020

William Maxwell Hampton was arrested and charged with second degree murder after he told authorities he had killed his wife. Hampton was transported to the Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $2,000,000 secured bond.

On Thursday March 26, at approximately 8:53 a.m., the Camden County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a call at 152 West US Highway 158 in Camden. The location is locally known as Lamb’s Marina. The caller told telecommunications that a man entered the business requesting they call 911 because he had killed his wife.

When law enforcement and emergency medical services arrived on scene, they located an unconscious female aboard a moored vessel in the marina. The woman, identified as Carol Joan Hampton, was pronounced dead at the scene. The official cause of death is pending an autopsy but injuries to the deceased suggest blunt force trauma.

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Camden County Sheriff’s Investigators, Elizabeth City Police Department, the Medical Examiner’s Office and District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation, collected evidence and conducted interviews. As a result, Hampton was arrested.

The investigation surrounding the incident is continuing. The Camden Sheriff’s Office is confident that there is no threat or danger to the public.

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