Jury finds Damien Shipley guilty of capital murder

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A jury found Damien Deandre Shipley guilty of capital murder Friday, after only deliberating about an hour.

Shipley was charged in the shooting death of 28-year-old Dorian Hamilton during a home invasion in February 2013.

Hamilton's grandfather was there where the jury read the verdict.

"I wish I was anywhere but this courthouse on this day," said Cliff Hamilton. "The verdict doesn't make me happy. It just brings a closure to that part of my life, but it will never bring my grandson back and for that I'm sad, so sad."

Hamilton said he served in the Vietnam War twice, and losing his grandson was far worse than anything he has ever experienced.

Colbert County Assistant  District Attorney Kyle Brown represented the state in this case. He said he is proud of the jury for their work in this trial. Prosecutors took the death penalty out of the picture before the trial started.

Although Judge Jamie Hatcher has not set an official sentencing date, 23-year-old Shipley will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Investigators said Fernando King, LaDontae Montgomery, and Damien Shipley went into a home in Sheffield to rob the residence of drugs. Earlier this year, Fernando King pleaded guilty to murder, and was sentenced to life in prison.  Montgomery pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in June and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Kristal Dawn Riddle was accused of driving the getaway car. She pleaded guilty and is waiting to be sentenced.

2 comments

  • Jeff

    As much as I’m disappointed that the death penalty was taken off the table before trial it was probably for the best considering that the State of Alabama gives unlimited appeals to death penalty cases. Life is prison without parole was probably the best outcome in this case…it’s a slow a deliberate process of dying in prison that could be more of a fitting sentence for this guy. I’m surprised it took the jury more than an hour to deliberate…if I had been on that jury it would have only taken a few minutes to render a verdict. Good ridance.

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