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Trial date set for man accused of murdering Tanette Dickison

Friday, January 13, 2006

-Kevin "Kelvin" Hampton scheduled to go on trial for the murder of Dianna Lehman on July 10 and for the murders of Tanette Dickison and Cassie Harris on June 12.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, Kevin "Kelvin" LaMonte Hampton appeared with his defense attorneys Dan Weber and Chou-IL Lee before Judge David R. Bolk in Division 3 Superior Court of the Vigo County Courthouse. A trial date was set and a last-minute motion was filed by the state to fingerprint him.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger, who is part of the prosecuting team in the three cases, told The Brazil Times on Friday that the state is proceeding with its case against Hampton using the name Kevin although the defendant has used the alias of "Kelvin" at various times in the past.

Hampton's attorneys sought to block Vigo County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Sara Mullican's request for Hampton to submit to another set of palm and finger prints in the Dianna Lehman murder.

Hampton is accused of murdering 18-year-old Lehman in the bedroom of her home in Terre Haute in May, 2000.

Hampton's attorneys argued one set of prints had been obtained and if the quality of the prints was insufficient, arguments should be heard before the judge's ruling. The defense also questioned the reliability of other evidence gathered during the investigation into the case if the procedure could not be done properly in the first place.

Vigo County Prosecutor Sarah Mullican requested the court grant the motion because it was a non-evasive procedure that was only being done for clarification of the prints.

Judge Bolk granted the prosecution's motion stating that the defense counsel could be present during the procedure. He also set a court date for the Lehman murder trial for July 10. Also accused of murdering Tanette Dickison and Cassie Harris in November, 2004, the judge scheduled Hampton's jury trial for those murders on June 12.

Hampton was scheduled to redo the fingerprinting at the Vigo County Jail immediately after his court appearance and before returning to the Indiana Department of Corrections where he is serving a 40-year sentence on an unrelated charge.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, who was a detective in the Dickison murder investigation and two other murders, was not concerned about what happened in court Thursday.

"I'm not terribly worried by the proceedings. This is just part of the legal process," he told The Brazil Times. "The defense attorney is doing his job, which is the way the legal system works."

Both Sheriff Heaton and Prosecutor Reberger re-main confident about all of the investigations surrounding the three murders, which will continue throughout the prosecution of the three cases.

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