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Hampton Accessory admits involvement

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Timothy Bailey has admitted to his involvement in helping convicted murderer Kevin Hampton destroy and conceal evidence in the 2004 murders of Tanette Dickison and Cassie Harris.

Both women were strangled to death and their bodies disposed of near water sometime during the November 2004 Thanksgiving weekend. Dickison, 18, a former Brazil resident, was found floating in a private pond in rural Brazil on Nov. 30, 2004. Harris, 48, of Terre Haute, who was killed sometime shortly after Dickison, was found in a creek near a manufacturing plant in Vigo County in February 2005.

Although the full extent of Bailey's involvement is not completely known, he was linked to the crimes by testimony and evidence provided at Kevin Hampton's murder trial in June.

Hampton, convicted of the two murders and sentenced to two concurrent 65-year terms of imprisonment, admitted to a friendship with Bailey while on the witness stand but said the only evidence that linked anyone to the murders belonged to Bailey.

Expert testimony by Indiana State Police Lab technicians during the Hampton trial provided DNA evidence found on a Taco Bell wrapper left in the roadway where Dickison's body was discovered matched Bailey's DNA.

Another piece of evidence that linked Bailey to the murders was a tape recording of a telephone conversation between the two men discussing the removal of evidence from Hampton's home after the murders.

On Thursday, Bailey and his attorney Michael Slagle appeared before Judge Michael Eldred and Special Prosecutor Michael Slagle in Vigo Circuit Court to submit to a voluntary plea agreement.

Bailey pled guilty to one count of assisting a criminal, a Class-C felony, according to court documents.

Sentenced to three years, Bailey received 'good time credit' for 245 days he actually served in Vigo County Jail, thus reducing his sentence by 490 days.

Judge Eldred ordered Bailey to serve the remaining balance of the sentence on work release under the supervision of the Vigo County Community Correction Program, subject to his eligibility and full compliance with the program's rules.

Ordered to pay court fines ($1) and other court costs, Bailey was also ordered to provide a DNA sample to the Vigo County Sheriff's Department within three days.

Eldred also ordered that this sentence would run concurrent with any sentence imposed by a conviction in Clay County, Ind.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger told The Brazil Times that he is unable to comment about pending cases by the State of Indiana, but confirmed that Bailey is facing the same charge in Clay Superior Court. Bailey is scheduled to appear before Judge Blaine Akers on Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

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