Daniel Hamilton was sixteen when he murdered his stepfather. According to court documents Daniel Hamilton walked up behind his stepfather and would shoot him six times in the head. For some reason after he was arrested for the murder he would be let out on bond and when his relatives would later revoke his bond due to personal safety, Daniel Hamilton plotted with another inmate to murder them as well. This teen killer would be convicted and sentenced to life in prison
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A man who was 16 when first accused of shooting his stepfather to death in their Covington home was found guilty of second-degree murder on Friday, said Warren Montgomery, District Attorney for Louisiana’s 22nd Judicial.
Daniel Hamilton, now 19, was also found guilty on two counts of solicitation for murder, after plotting to have his aunt and uncle killed in 2016 after they pushed to have his bond revoked, sending him back to prison.
The St. Tammany Parish jury assigned to Hamilton’s case deliberated for about an hour and a half Friday before finding the man guilty of the solicitation charges and for slaying his stepfather, James “Kenny” Hamilton on March 4, 2016.
According to prosecutors, Daniel shot James six times in the back of his head with a .22-caliber gun after James had refused to let him borrow his truck.
James was in their family room eating dinner when he was shot from behind and killed, prosecutors said.
“You’re dealing with a cold-blooded killer,” Assistant District Attorney Angad Ghai said. “That’s not what I’m saying. That’s what the evidence shows.”
After killing his stepfather, Daniel took his truck and debit card and met friends at a pizza parlor in Abita Springs, after failing to use the debit card at a Wal-Mart because he didn’t know the pin, prosecutors said.
He spent the next two days drinking with friends at a hunting camp, then returned to his home to take a PlayStation gaming system out to sell at a GameStop store with friends.
In that process, he walked past his father’s body, “casually, comfortably, with his friends outside,” Ghai said.
James’ body was not discovered until three days later, after family members checked on him when he didn’t show up to work that Monday.
After the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into the death opened, detectives found the .22-caliber gun Daniel used to kill his stepfather at the hunting camp where he had been that weekend.
Daniel was arrested and booked in connection to the murder but posted bond. James’ brother and sister-in-law, however, requested his bond be revoked and he was sent back to prison later that year, officials said.
Once he was back in jail, evidence found that Daniel had plotted with his girlfriend and another inmate to have his aunt and uncle killed for the request.
He also told an inmate that his only regret was that he did not look James in the face when he killed him, prosecutors said.
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