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Officials: More will be charged in case

Monday, July 2, 2007

Although Kevin L. Hampton was convicted of killing Tanette Dickison and Cassie Harris in November 2004 recently, officials involved in the two murder cases say legal proceedings are not over.

"There are issues remaining about other individuals involved in these matters," Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said, adding that he would be unable to comment about pending cases against other individuals after Hampton's conviction Monday. "The State of Indiana intends to pursue these matters fully."

Timothy D. Bailey, a friend of Hampton's for many years, was mentioned numerous times during witness testimony in Hampton's double-murder trial. He was also listed as a potential witness in the recent trial, but he was never called to testify by the prosecution or the defense.

In 2006, Bailey, 44, was charged with two Class C felony charges of assisting a criminal, which is punishable with up to eight years real-time imprisonment if convicted and up to a $10,000 fine, one each in Clay and Vigo counties.

According to information in a probable cause affidavit filed in 2006, DNA evidence from a soft taco near the pond where Dickison's body was discovered south of Brazil in November 2004 was a match to Bailey.

During testimony in Hampton's recent double-murder trial, Bailey was further implicated in the two murders, but the extent his involvement is unknown.

Witnesses identified Bailey as being seen with Dickison and Harris during the 2004 Thanksgiving weekend.

Testimony placed Bailey as the driver of a 1991 silver Cadillac and at Taco Bell with Hampton and the two victims.

A recorded telephone conversation between Bailey and Hampton, who was incarcerated at the Vigo County Jail at the time, was admitted into evidence and played in court. The two men could be heard discussing the removal of evidence from Hampton's grandmother's house after the murders.

Currently scheduled to appear for a jury trial in Clay Superior Court on August 6 at 1:30 p.m., Bailey is then scheduled to appear in Vigo Superior Court at 1 p.m. on August 20 to begin jury trial proceedings in that county.

"It is important for people to understand that for two-and-a-half years law enforcement and members of the prosecution have been laying the groundwork to prepare for the jury," Reberger said.

"When all is said and done, the system functions as it should and perhaps there will be a sense of comfort and closure for Tanette Dickison and Cassie Harris' families."

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